Author, Anchorage Daily News and Fairbanks Daily-News Miner freelance columnist, publisher Judy Ferguson first came to Alaska in 1965, six years after statehood. Educated at the University of Oklahoma and the University of California Los Angeles, she moved to Big Delta in 1968 where she met and married her state forestry warden husband, Reb Ferguson. They moved up the Tanana River where they raised their three children with boat and sled dog access only. In 1975 during the building of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and before the construction of high schools in the Bush, the Fergusons canoed the Yukon River, where they met Iditarod champion Emmitt Peters and Iditarod competitors Ken Chase and Don Honea. Three years later, the Fergusons kayaked the Kobuk River, before the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. During 1996 to 2004 when Judy began writing and traveling the state, she met elders whom she interviewed for the Anchorage Daily News: Tlingit, Tsimshian, Haida, Aleut/Unangaxˆ, Alutiiq, Yup’ik, Iñupiaq, and Athabascan.
Judy has published eight books: Parallel Destinies, Blue Hills, Bridges to Statehood; Windows to the Land, Volumes One and Two; children’s books Alaska’s Secret Door, Alaska’s Little Chief, and Alaska’s First People.
Windows, Vols One and Two selected by the ADN Christmas 2016 as two of the most memorable books published in 2016:
Windows to the Land, An Alaska Native Story. Volume Two: The Iditarod and Alaska River Trails