UAS hosts First Nation elder this week – Juneau Empire

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Posted: November 8, 2012

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.

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