marylyn Marilyn Jensen

Marilyn Jensen, B.A. Anthropology, University of Alaska, M.A. Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria

Marilyn, Yadultin and Dūsts’ā̀dle, is Inland Tlingit and Tagish Khwáan from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation; belonging to the Dakhl’aweidí Clan under the Tagish Keét Hít (Killerwhale House) Killerwhale crest in the Southern Yukon Territory. Marilyn spends most of her time thinking, breathing, living and engaging in traditional dancing, singing and drumming with the Inland Tlingit dance group she founded and leads; the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers who are committed to representing their art form with the highest respect to authenticity and excellence. Since 2007, they have danced across the Yukon, Alaska, British Columbia and at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, New Zealand, Washington DC, Taiwan and numerous other places. The other passion of Marilyn’s life, finds her currently teaching First Nation Governance at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon which she is thrilled to do after earning a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria and working in the frontlines for her own Nation and additional Indigenous organizations. Her recent plans will be to pursue a PHD in Indigenous leadership while continuing to revitalize language, traditional leadership, roles and ceremony within her community.

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