Yukon Blog: the Porcupine River and Old Crow

Michael’s Meanderings – The Porcupine River flows northwards out of Yukon’s Ogilvie Mountains, north of Dawson City, then veers southwest, into Alaska, before meeting with the Yukon River at Fort Yukon. In Gwitch’in, the river isn’t actually called the “Porcupine River”. The translation of “Ch’oodeenjik” is more like “Porcupine Quill River”. The Porcupine isn’t just any river; it constitutes a large part of the migration route for the Porcupine Caribou herd hence the name of the herd. The herd winters in the NWT and makes its way to the North Slope of Alaska every spring for calving. On their way, they pass by Old Crow.

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