Photo of Troth Yeddha dancer with text - A welcoming place for all people and cultures

“Our people used to come to this hill to pick troth. They would paddle up the creek, Troth Yeddha’ No’, and camp by the lake, Troth Yeddha’ Mene’. Troth Yeddha’ was an important meeting place. The grandfathers used to come to talk and advise one another. When they learned this place would be used for a school, the university, they came here one last time. They decided that the school would be good and would carry on a similar traditional use of the hill. The hill would continue being a place where thinking and working together would happen.”

—   Chief Peter John of Minto, 1994 Rural Student Summit, UAF

From a high point on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, visitors see a panorama of the central Tanana River valley and Alaska Range. 

Athabascan residents of Interior Alaska enjoyed that panorama for many millennia. The ridge called Troth Yeddha’ served as a place to meet and survey the inspiring place in which they lived.

That legacy continues in modern times as the university brings people together and inspires them to follow pathways to knowledge.

The university has begun an effort to extend the Troth Yeddha’ Legacy in this new millennium. Our goal is to raise $25 million to complete the Troth Yeddha’ Legacy in two phases. In phase one, we will raise $5 million to create the Troth Yeddha’ Park and design the indigenous studies center as part of our centennial celebrations in 2017. Phase two will build the indigenous studies center.

“Now, let’s make these plans a reality.

… Only then, Alaska Native people can say that they have a space and a home in this institution.

We need your help and support in making our academic institution a place we can all be proud of.”

— Bernice Joseph, former UAF vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

Landscape watercolor by Todd Sherman
Landscape watercolor by Todd Sherman. Click to view enlarged version.
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