Ethnie: TAGISH
Dialects Tagish
Language: Tahltan-Kaska
Family: Athapaskan
Stock: Nuclear Na-Dene
Phylum: Na-Dene
Macro-Culture: Rocky Mountian Western Plateau
Speakers 2      (1995 M. Krausse)  
       The Tagish were a nomadic hunter/gatherer tribe. They lived about Tagish and Marsh Lakes in the Yukon, but ranged into British Columbia. They were closely related to the Tahltan and had little early contact with the Whites due to their remote territories. That was all changed by the Klondike gold rush in which gold was first discovered by Tagish tribal members Skookum Jim and Tagish Charley.
Aboriginal Locations: Divisions
YT      Carcross, Marsh Lake, Tagish
Present Locations
YT Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Carsross
  Kwanlin Dun First Nation, Whitehorse
Year History
1883 Lt. F. Schwatka of US military passed through territory on a reconnaissance mission
1896 Tagish Skookum Jim discovered the first nuggets that led to the Klondike gold rush
1898 Klondike gold rush
1900 Most relocated to Carcross; 40,000 prospectors had passed through territory
1998 Klondike gold discoverers Tagish Skookum Jim Mason, Tagish Charley and Klondike prospectors George Carmack and Robert Henderson inducted into the Canadian Mining hall of Fame
Year YT Population   Source
1700 100   NAHDB calculation
1800 100   NAHDB calculation
1887 75   Dawson
1900 100   NAHDB calculation
1950 112   McLellan
1978 111   CDIA (partial count)
2000 400   NAHDB calculation
2005 428   Indian Life Online
Other speakers of the same language:
Kaska, Tahltan, Tsetsaut
TagishTribe Sites:
Canadian Mining Hall of Fame Inductees
Carcross Tagish
Carcross Tagish Dancers
Carcross Tagish First Nation
Carcross Tagish First Nation ...
Carcross/Tagish First Nation
Carcross/Tagish First Nation:  Four Mountains Resort
Carcross/Tagish First Nations
Carcross/Tagish First Nation Signs Agreements
Carcross Tagish Statement of Intent
Carcross Tagish Tlingit
Ethnographic and Archaeological Investigations of Alpine Ice Patches in Southwest Yukon, Canada
Gold Discovery in the Klondike
Gold Rush History
Klondike Gold Rush
Klondike Gold Rush
Klondike Gold Rush
Kwanlin Dun First Nation
Tagish Button Blanket
Tagish Charley with Dog Sled
Tagish History, Yukon Territory
Tagish Language
Tagish Language
Tagish Language
Tagish Linguistic Lineage
Traditional Culture and Heritage of Carcross/Tagish First Nation People

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