One Campus-One Book Visits a Success
Heuer and his wife, filmmaker Leanne Allison were on campus the November 14 -16
Yukon College faculty member Randall Tetlichi of the Gwitch'in First Nation was on the UAS campus as an Elder in Residence November 5-9. Mr. Tetlichi visited several classes, including the UAS freshman seminar and philosophy studies, the Wooch.een club at the Native Rural Student Center and PITAAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools) students. He was the featured speaker at a well-attended Evening at Egan, Friday, November 9. The audience soaked up Tetlichi’s wisdom. Mr. 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, who gave the final Evening at Egan presentation of the 2012 season November 16. It tells the story of a five month journey on foot from the Yukon through Alaska following the Porcupine caribou herd to their winter calving grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Gwichi'in Elder in Residence Randall Tetclichi addresses students in the Native and Rural Student Center. Photo by Yosuke Sano.
Heuer and his wife, filmmaker Leanne Allison were on campus the November 14 -16. Allison is the producer/director of the Being Caribou film. Both were on hand for a screening of her film, Thursday evening. Heuer was impressed by the UAS campus setting and students. At a lunch with staff and faculty Friday, he said UAS has the advantage of being “embedded” in the natural world. “You are near a living, breathing forest where you can see swans on the lake,” he remarked.
Heuer found UAS students to be “confident, comfortable and self-assured” and eager to make positive change in the world.
Being Caribou author Karsten Heuer gave the final Evening at Egan presentation of the Fall 2012 Season. Wife Leann Allison shared her film of the same title. Photo by Yosuke Sano.