Tahltan River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows SE into Stikine River above Telegraph Creek (community), Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 58°00'35''N, 130°58'52''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 104J/2
Related Maps: 104G/13

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 1st Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1898.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"After a division of the Nahane Indians of the Athapascan family."

Source: Handbook of Indians of Canada, published as an Appendix to the 10th Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1912.

Named after the Tahltan Indians, whose name can be translated as 'something heavy in the water.' The Indian story behind this naming is a follows: during a salmon run, two women stood on opposite banks of the Tahltan River. One asked the other what she saw on the surface of the water. The other replied. 'something heavy is going up the little water,' referring to the ascending salmon working their way up through the rapids of a smaller stream.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997

Headwaters at 58 03 - 131 56 on 104G/13.

Source: Canadian Geographical Names Database, Ottawa