Carcross/Tagish Elder Art Johns Sr. has died

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Art Johns Sr., a well-known and respected elder of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation in Yukon, has died.

A notice on the First Nation's website says Johns died early Monday morning.

"Art was a strong leader in the community for many years," the notice reads.

Johns was a member of the Carcross/Tagish Elders Council and the First Nation's Land Management Board.

He was also known by many in Yukon and Alaska as a musician, with a love for country songs. He was a mainstay at the annual Alaska Folk Festival.

Johns was also featured in a 2017 documentary on CBC's The Nature of Things, in which he guided researchers who uncovered ancient artifacts buried in permafrost in Carcross/Tagish territory.