Alaska is a place of abundance. We are rich in resources; from the diverse Alaska Native peoples with 10,000 plus years of stewardship, knowledge, culture, and language passed down from our Elders to the gifts of berries and salmon from the land. At the University of Alaska, Indigenous leaders are building on this abundance to advance innovative research, build community-centered projects, and create a place of belonging for all Alaskans.
At the Troth Yeddha' Indigenous Studies Center, leaders, students, scientists, and community members will finally have a place to gather together and continue to make the University of Alaska a hub for Indigenous excellence. We envision creating the Center for the Co-Production of Knowledge to advance Indigenous knowledge and change the way research is conducted on a global scale through increased access, equity, inclusion and diversity.
A sawed-off 6-foot bow section of a concrete canoe stands upright in a Duckering Building hall, part of a display about engineering at UAF. Look closely, and you’ll see a subtle image of a harpoon pressed into the boat’s floor.
It’s a detail that reveals much about Caitlynn Hanna, a civil engineering graduate who helped design and build the canoe.