The Klondike region is known as such because of the Klondike River, which flows into the Yukon River at the Dawson town site. The name Klondike comes from the Han word Tr’ondëk, meaning hammerstone water. This was the original name for the river we now call the Klondike. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in used to hammer stakes into the riverbed and weave branches between them to create weirs that guided fish into carefully set basket traps. Early gold seekers had difficulty with the First Nation’s word, so the name ‘Klondike’ was the result of poor pronunciation.