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‘She is one of our sacred ancestors’: Discovery of Nun cho ga a once-in-a-lifetime event – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on July 19, 202265 Views

Jul 18, 2022

A First Nation in Yukon is rejoicing after the discovery of a baby woolly mammoth on its traditional territory.

The well-preserved animal was discovered by placer miners at Eureka Creek near Dawson City, Yukon, on June 21.

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (THFN) named the animal Nun cho ga, which means big animal baby in the Hän language.

“The recovery of Nun cho ga has been a remarkable event. It has already begun stirring the interest of people throughout the world,” said Chief Roberta Joseph during a technical briefing on July 13.

“She is more than a historic specimen of men. She is one of our sacred ancestors.”

Ross MacPhee, senior curator for the department of mammalogy at the American University of Natural History in New York City, says Nun cho ga’s discovery is significant as she is the best-preserved woolly mammoth found in North America.

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