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Kerry Barber helps gift the Klondike Institute of Art + Culture with a Hän name

Alum Kerry Barber (BMA, 2017) is a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in community member who chose the Hän name for the Klondike Institute of Art + Culture (KIAC). The name Kerry suggested is Dënäkär Zho which means Mixed Colours House. On August 15th, KIAC and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in invited the community to join them in celebrating language and art in a naming ceremony to kick off the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City, Yukon. For those interested in the Hän language, Kerry has been commissioned by the Heritage Department to make videos for “words of the day” through the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Hän Language’s YouTube channel.

The KIAC sends out a huge thank you Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department for making all the magic happen and working through the process to get the Hän name approved by the Elders Council. Highlighted photos below of the ceremony, for more please visit the KIAC post on Facebook.

Kerry Barber has been Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in all of her life. She graduated in 2017 from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she received a BMA in Film, Video + Integrated Media. She won two awards for her grad film “Dear Hatetts,” the Saralee James Award, and The President’s Media Award for Best Live Action Film. She is currently serving a one-year internship in the Yukon Government as a Multimedia Producer for the Communications and Engagement Department. She developed a strong sense of community in Dawson City, where she was born and raised. She can’t tell you how many transient piano and cello teachers she has had, and knows how important a consistent piano and cello teacher is. She used art to express herself in her early years, when she was too shy to talk as child and teenager. Music and art were her outlets. She wishes that KIAC was present while she was growing up.

The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) is an active centre of cultural and social energy, hosting an ambitious schedule of courses, presentations, festivals, and exhibitions that follow programming priorities determined by a volunteer Board of Directors in consultation with KIAC staff.

Photos by Devon Berquist
Photos by Devon Berquist
Photos by Devon Berquist