The resurgence of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in culture is embodied in an extraordinary contemporary building on the Dawson waterfront .
Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre is a dramatic exception to the town ’s gold rush theme by drawing on much older traditions, those of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. The contemporary architecture interprets salmon drying racks and winter shelter and is surrounded by Yukon wild flowers, berry bushes and trees. The Cultural Centre overlooks the Yukon River and provides a magnificent view down river to Moosehide.
Dänojà Zho was officially opened in July 1998,and has become both a community centre for heritage activities and a visitor attraction. Visitors have an opportunity to learn about the traditional and contemporary life of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
The Hammerstone Gallery guides you through the story of life at the traditional fish camp of Tr ’ochëk, the gold rush and the steps Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in took to become self governing nation once again. Guided tours with Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in staff, seasonal displays, hands-on activities, films, concerts, contemporary dance, storytelling performances and special events are presented year-round.
Dänojà Zho is also considered to be a gateway to all Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in heritage sites, such as Tr ’ochëk, Forty Mile, Twelve Mile and Tombstone Park. The Dänojà Zho gift shop provides locally made handcrafted clothing, footwear and jewellery, First Nation books and CD ’s and other gifts inspired by Aboriginal culture. The Centre is open 6 days a week in the summer months and open for scheduled activities, tours and programs the winter.