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UAS hosts First Nation elder this week

Featured book author, filmmaker visiting next week

Posted: November 8, 2012 - 1:10am

Yukon College faculty member Randall Tetlichi of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is on the University of Alaska Southeast campus at Auke Lake this week as an Elder in Residence.

Tetlichi is visiting several classes, including UAS freshman seminar and upper division Philosophy studies, the Wooch.een club at the Native Rural Student Center, and PITAAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools) students, and is the featured speaker at this week’s “Evenings at Egan” lecture, Friday at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library.

Tetlichi is widely respected as an esteemed teacher, community healer, and tradition bearer, and is featured in the 2012 UAS “One Campus One Book” selection, “Being Caribou” by Karsten Heuer.

Tetlichi is from a family of 16 children, and was raised in the village of Old Crow, Yukon, with the Vuntut Gwitchin tribe. Growing up and as a young man, he lived a traditional life. He was taught by his own elders with stories, and it is his expertise to teach in the same way. The knowledge that he’s come to Juneau to share comes from many generations before him.

UAS hosts wildlife biologist and author Karsten Heuer and filmmaker Leanne Allison next Thursday and Friday. Heuer is the author of Being Caribou, this year’s UAS One Campus One Book selection, and Allison is the producer and director of a film by the same name.

Allison will be on hand for a screening of her film, also called “Being Caribou,” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Egan Lecture Hall.

Heuer will be signing books in the Mourant Cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 16, during an International Education week event. Heuer is the featured speaker at the final Evening at Egan of the 2012 Season that evening at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library.

Both Heuer and Allison will be visiting UAS classes and will join other activities on campus next week.

Heuer and Allison have received many honors for their film and books, including Best Environmental film at the Japan International Wildlife Film Festival and at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, as well as Grand Prize at the Banff International Mountain Book Festival and U.S. National Outdoor Book of the Year.

The children’s version of “Being Caribou” has won awards as well.

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