The name Troth Yeddha'

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Troth Yeddha' Run for the Park

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Pronouncing the name

Matthew Titus pronounced the name Troth Yeddha' in 1981 in this recording.

Jo lo Troth Yeddha', delo ghw jo tr'edaltth'i right now, university.
 Here then is 'wild potato ridge' here where we are staying now, the university.


About the name Troth Yeddha'

Robert Charlie discusses the significance of the name Troth Yeddha' (October 2011)

The land now occupied by the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus was called Troth Yeddha' (sometimes spelled Troth Yetth) by the Lower Tanana Dene (or Athabascans). Lower Tanana is the indigenous language of the Lower Tanana Valley, spoken east-to-west from Moose Creek Bluff (past North Pole) to Baker Creek/Zitziana River. Some of the main Lower Tanana village sites are Chena Village (Ch'eno' Khwdochaget),  Nenana (Toghotili), Old Minto (Menhti Khwghotthit), and Toklat (Tu Tl’ot Khwdochaget).

The word troth refers to the plant known in English as "Indian potato", "wild potato", or "wild carrot" (Hedysarum alpinum). The word yeddha' means "its ridge, its hill." Linguistically, it can be analyzed as the word yetth "ridge" plus the possessive suffix -a' . Thus the name Troth Yeddha' can be literally translated into English as "Wild Potato Ridge."

Various archaeological, linguistic, and oral history records indicate the importance of Troth Yeddha' to the Athabascan people. There is evidence of small a settlement at Troth Yeddha' prior to the 1840s. Troth can still be found in steam beds and flood plains between the university and the Tanana River. The roots of troth are the most important vegetable food for the Alaska Dene.

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