National Geographic : 1949 Oct
© National Geographic Society Painting byW. Langdon KIihn Kutchin of the Yukon River Basin Performed Tribal Dances To Stir Up Fighting Spirit, Mourn aLeader, or Celebrate Gala Days When the artist visited these Indians, formerly called the Loucheux ("Squint-eyed"), in a village of 25 log cabinson the Porcupine River, Yukon Territory, hewas disappointed to find them living and dressing like white trappers. They invited him to a Hudson Bay jig to music ofafiddle and banjo. He had todevelop his paint ing from 19th-century English drawings and costumes now in the Smithsonian Institution. In the old days special feather ornaments and face paints were used incere monies before the setting out of a war party or after the death of a chief, and at social gatherings the antics of animals and birds were imitated.