Daḵká is the word for the collective of the inland Tlingit peoples — the Carcross/Tagish, the Teslin Tlingit and the Taku River Tlingit of Atlin.
These three Tlingit nations are bound by similar traditions, governance and culture. They call it all Haa Kusteeyí, meaning, our way of life.
The people of the three nations are like cousins and family that come together to support each other — in ceremony, in feast, and now in suffering.
A sacred fire was lit in Carcross on Monday.
On Tuesday, the chiefs of the Taku River Tlingit and the Teslin Tlingit came to Carcross from their communities to join in circle and prayer. They brought their counsellors, their medicine and prayers for good healing. The fire burned all day and night.
On Wednesday, Teslin’s young people came with a truck and trailerful of firewood to feed the fire for days.
The fire will be kept until Sunday or longer.
People touched in grief are asked to come by anytime to the fire behind Haa Shagoon Hidi in Carcross. Prayer circles are being held at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A traditional grieving ceremony is being held on Jan. 29 from 1 to 6 p.m.
The three inland Tlingit nations support the circle of healing and are keeping the ceremonial fire burning. This is part of what Daḵká means. And this is what Daḵká does to keep their people strong.
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