Intergenerational trauma is a reality for many Alaskans. Sometimes known as historical trauma, it is the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the lifespan and across generations as a result of massive group trauma. In Alaska, historical traumas include outbreaks of disease that wiped out Alaska Native communities, forced displacement of Alaska Native children to boarding schools, and the loss of Alaska Native language and culture, to name a few. Historical trauma can have varied effects on individuals and communities that may include: unsettled trauma or grief, depression, high mortality, an increase in alcohol abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. These effects can be passed on through generations, even changing the cells and DNA of the children of survivors, according to the new science of epigenetics, which looks at how people’s genes are affected by their environment. The good news from this emerging science is that we can change our biology and, therefore, our lives for the better. Communities are resilient, creative, and strong, thriving despite long histories of trauma.