“Perhaps the great task of modern explorers is not to conquer but to connect, to reveal how any given thing leads to another ...”
-Kate Harris. Land of Lost Borders
Artist Ali Khoda moved to the Yukon at age 15 from Qeshm, Iran. Now, Khoda uses art to bridge the gaps between his culture and the Norths. “A big focus of my art is First Nations culture,” Khoda says. “We are both originally from colonized countries and they accepted me with open arms. My art is a way of giving back.”
Douglas Trim is the trolley conductor for the popular tourist attraction that runs alongside the Yukon River in downtown Whitehorse. The job is always entertaining, he says. A few summers ago, he relates, he spotted a pair of boots sticking up from under the tracks. “I turned to the young lady I was working with, and I said, ‘Go out there and check if there’s a dead guy under there!’ But she said, ‘No, no no!’ So I said, ‘Yeah, it’s your job to check if there’s a dead guy under there,’” Trim says with a laugh. “But I ran out there and checked, like the good guy I am, and it was just a pair of boots. It sure looked like a dead guy.”
The Woman's Knife
The dust that covers the table saw looks like a dark sawdust, so potent participants wore masks to protect their lungs from the fine dust of the caribou bone they were carving. At the Adäka Cultural Festival, the public had the opportunity to take part in making a traditional Ulu — also known as the Woman’s Knife — a tool used in Inuit culture to prepare animal hides, meats and innards.
A glasswork artist facilitated a collective mosaic piece featuring elements of life in different parts of the North. “While people work on it, they talk and they share… It’s just kind of an idea of people working on things. It just comes together in the end.”
Step inside the door’s of Lumel Studios, Yukon’s first glass-blowing facility, and watch the process of two sisters make their first piece of glass.
The Klondike Gold Rush, which began in the final years of the 19th century and lasted well into the 20th, brought tens of thousands of prospective gold miners – then known as stampeders – to the Yukon from across Canada, the U.S., and the world. Although the Gold Rush ended over a century ago, its make-or-break legacy lives on in small Yukon goldsmith studios like Ashley and Rivest’s.
"You don't feel like you're on somebody else's turf. You just come to see what they do, you come to see how they create art, how they interact, how they deal with their life." -Mike Ivens
Heather Sealey, originally from Manitoba, holds a Master’s degree in environmental geochemistry but for a time, struggled to find work. When the previous owners of Itsy-Bitsy Yarn Store put it up for sale to fulfilled their own dream of purchasing a sailboat, Sealey jumped at the chance to pursue yarn.