Dawson City’s Gold Rush heritage is often understood from the perspective of the prospectors and settlers, but the Hammerstone Gallery, located in the Dänojà Zho (long time ago house) Cultural Centre shares the perspective of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation.
The Centre is a meeting place that celebrates the heritage of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people. A base for cultural activities, performances and special events, the Centre celebrates the traditional and contemporary heritage of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. The Centre has played a central role in supporting cultural revitalization and has supported Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizens in becoming more aware of their history and traditions. Moosehide Gatherings and Hän singing have grown in popularity. Young people in Dawson are now growing up learning and experiencing their history and culture through arts, singing, other programs at the Cultural Centre and community activities such as “First Hunt or First Fish” camps.
The building itself speaks to the unique character of the community. The design incorporates Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in cultural forms such as fish drying racks, and a traditional brush house.