The Dakhka Khwaan Dancers

These are the amazing Dakhká Khwáan Tlingit Dancers. How I ended up at this show is unbelievable. My wife and I were down in Vancouver for one night and one day to return some things to Ikea from our kitchen renovation and to pick up a bunch of stuff we needed to outfit our Air BnB. So on Saturday morning my wife Michelle and I zipped out to Burnaby to meet a guy about a thing (thing is not important or relevant to the story), then we went to a random Sushi restaurant for lunch and I dragged Michelle to this Salvation Army store I knew in New Westminster. After poking around the store for awhile and not finding anything we figured we’d better get moving since we still needed to hit Ikea and get back to Kelowna where my bother in-law was hanging with our boys.

So we start walking back to the car and I suggest to Michelle we walk on the other side of the street to be in the sun. As we are walking by this building I notice out of the corner of my eye through the window this girl wearing what looks to be a Tlingit style hat. I thought that was pretty random so I mention it to Michelle. Michelle then says “Hey, I think your cousin is in town right now!” (She lives in Whitehorse Yukon) So now armed with this intriguing clue we decide to turn around and go into the building to see what the story is. We walked right up to the girl with the hat who was sitting at a table with these brochures about the Native American dance show that was happening. As we flip through the book and talk to the girl at the table we come to realize that The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers (who my cousin and a couple of my old friends from Atlin, BC are a part of) are indeed in the show! And as it just so happens the show starts in 5 minutes! What!? I just couldn’t believe it.

I hadn’t seen my cousin in over 10 years and the friends of mine for well over 20 years so it was wild to just stumble upon them like that. After the show I had the opportunity to say hi and catch up a little bit. Sadly we were on a tight schedule so the visit was brief, but even as brief as it was it was still wonderful and the show was beautiful.

Camera: Sony a7R & FE 50mm f/1.8

Check out The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers at their website and on their Facebook Page at

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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