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Evening at Egan: 'What shall we do with our histories?' with Ernestine Hayes

Posted: October 31, 2012 - 11:06pm

This week’s Evening at Egan lecture will be “What shall we do with our histories?” with Ernestine Hayes. Her talk begins at 7 p.m. Friday at UAS in the Egan Lecture Hall.

This address as been delivered by Hayes at venues such as the Association for Literature and the Environment Conference and the International Polar Year gathering. In it, Hayes presents the recent history of Lingit Aani and examines its relevance to current circumstances from a perspective unfamiliar to commonly held beliefs.

“My talk asks listeners to consider history from a perspective that is unfamiliar and perhaps even somewhat uncomfortable,” Hayes said in a release. “When we place ourselves in new contexts, our views may shift. When we look at history from a different point of view, we can also look at the present--and the future--with new understanding.”

Following Hayes, a two-part focus on the UAS One Campus One Book selection, “Being Caribou” by Karsten Heuer, will be presented at Evening at Egan.

On Nov. 9, Elder in Residence Randall Tetlichi, Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation will present “Human-Caribou Relations from a First Nation’s Perspective,” at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library. Yukon College faculty member Tetlichi is an esteemed teacher, community healer, and tradition bearer, featured in “Being Caribou.” He will talk about how each of us can make a difference by paying attention. Instead of just co-existing, he suggests, it is now time for all nations to exist with and depend on each other.

For more on Tetlichi, visit news.usask.ca/2011/10/25/elder-shares-traditional-teaching.

The following week, on Nov. 16, “Being Caribou” author Karsten Heuer will present “Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd” at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library. Wildlife biologist Heuer and his filmmaker wife, Leanne Allison, embarked on a five month journey in 2003 to follow 123,000-member Porcupine Caribou Herd, skiing and walking alongside the herd from their Yukon winter range to Alaskan calving grounds and back.

The night before his lecture, there will be a screening of Leanne Allison’s film, also called “Being Caribou,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Egan Lecture Hall.

For more on the book and the film, visit www.beingcaribou.com.

For more on Evening at Egan, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture.

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