Bring Back The Spirit’ Tlingit healing canoe launched at Pine Lake, Yukon – CBC

Jun 26, 2023

‘We launched it off with song and dance and prayer to send it off in a good way’

What began as a 6,300-kilogram western red cedar on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska is now a nine-metre dugout canoe set afloat for the first time this past weekend on Pine Lake, Yukon.

The creation of this Tlingit healing canoe was a journey — one that was spiritual, physical and bureaucratic.

“All obstacles you could ever imagine, never had any idea would happen, happened,” said Wayne Price, a Tlingit master carver from Alaska.

For more than a decade, Price had been wanting to work with the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in the Yukon on the project.

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