The Stikine River is one of the most majestic tributaries on Turtle Island. With headwaters near Mount Klappan, it flows right through the very heart of territory for a people who are most often called the Tahltan Nation. The name “Tahltan” was given to the members of the Nation by the first whites to arrive, but there is no one agreed upon name for all five of the “Tahltan” tribes (they are: Táhlók’otíne [Taa-lo-k-o-teena], Tl’abánot’íne [Kla-baa-no-teena], Tl’egot’ín [Tlo-go-teen], Nask’ot’íne [Nah-k-o-teena] & Nahl’ot’íne [Nah-lo-teena] *)-- but “Tahltan” is derived (or bastardized) from the Táhlók’otíne tribe name, as well as from the “Tahltan” River—another one of the many large rivers in the territory. With no agreed upon name beyond the five tribes, “Tahltan” is still the most commonly associated label for the people who have lived in their homeland for tens of thousands of years. There are two main reserve communities on Tahltan territory (along with the smaller reserve inside the town of Dease Lake, and several others throughout Tahltan lands): Iskut-- south of the Stikine River bridge crossing on Highway 37, and Telegraph Creek—112 km southwest of Dease Lake on a gravel road that snakes through the majestic Grand Canyon of the Stikine .