Arts, Culture and Heritage
The Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation employs a facilitator to enhance language and cultural awareness within the community. As well, Tantalus School has an active Native Language and Culture program. Many Northern Tutchone people speak their native language fluently.
The modern community is named for George Carmack, one of the discoverers of gold in the Klondike. In 1893, three years before the gold discovery, Carmack found a seam of coal at Tantalus Butte, near the mouth of the Nordenskiold. It was here that the Carmacks Trading Post was established.
During the Klondike Gold Rush, the site became a stop on the river journey to Dawson; later, it was a stop on the Overland Trail between Dawson and Whitehorse. When the first leg of the Klondike Highway was completed in 1950, Carmacks became a major service centre.
At that time the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation people took up permanent residence on the north bank of the Yukon River, where most still live.
Today, cultural activities include an elders group, subsistence food preparation, language programs, camps, arts and craft.
Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre
Showcases the past and present culture of the Northern Tutchone with many fascinating exhibits.