Old Crow Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm and Gurdeep Pandher, together, dance the Punjabi traditional dance, Bhangra, to celebrate friendships in Yukon communities, and to spread happiness across Canada. Old Crow is the home of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) people. The language originally spoken by the VGFN people is Gwich’in. Old Crow is the most northerly community in the Canadian Yukon Territory, and it is the place where Crow River and Porcupine River meet.
Old Crow is isolated from the other surrounding communities in the area, and it is accessible only by plane or canoe. It is said to be an amazing experience making the canoe trip down the Porcupine River, which you gain access to from the Eagle River, which is located just off the North’s Dempster Highway. Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, the head of the VGFN Government, is considered to be the youngest First Nation Chief in the Yukon. He made national headlines by declaring “Climate Emergency” in the Old Crow community, which made them the first northern community to do this. This declaration made by Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm went on to inspire many other communities and organizations across Canada to follow suit. Bhangra is the traditional folk dance of Punjab, which was developed many centuries ago by Punjabi-Sikh farmers.
Back when agricultural farming was completed manually, and therefore a very exhausting, laborious process, the farmers of Punjab created Bhangra dancing to bring joy into their difficult farming lives. Being a very high-energy activity itself though, Bhangra dancing is also a great workout and fitness activity.
Please enjoy the Bhangra dancing by Gurdeep Pandher and Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm! Share a true labour of love too!