People of the North

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First Nations people still have a thriving culture today. We are not only what is found in the ground.
- Mary Jane Johnson,
Kluane First Nation member, 2004

Our picture of the lives of Yukon First Nations people in the early days is incomplete. Information comes from a variety of sources, including archaeologists, who have unearthed ancient campsites and tools. These discoveries tell us something about how early people lived, but many questions remain.

These stone projectile points were recovered from melting ice patches in the Southern Yukon. Archaeologists believe these came from darts that were thrown by atlatls, a type of dart or spear thrower.


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Chief William Johnston with sons Jimmy and Freddie ca. 1925. YA, Freddie Johnston fonds, 79/119 PHO 115 #49.