The name Hootalinqua is from the Northern Tutchone word Hudinlin, meaning "running against the mountain." Hootalinqua was a popular gathering site for trade and visiting between the Tlingit, Southern Tutchone and Northern Tutchone people. Many First Nation families, hunted, fished and trapped in this area. They travelled on the river by watercraft in the summer and by foot and dogteam in the winter. In the early 1900s, First Nation families lived along the Thirty Mile stretch of the Yukon River and on the Teslin River, prospecting and cutting wood for the sternwheelers.
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