Nathan Georgitis, Archivist for the Randall V. Mills Archives of Northwest Folklore, is working with the Oregon Folklife Network and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Culture & Heritage Department to digitize historical tribal sound recording for preservation and access. Nathan installed an audio preservation workstation and trained a tribal archivist in preservation recording. Tribal archivists Valerie Switzler and Dana Smith have now digitized approximately 250 analog cassettes dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. The tapes contain documentation of the tribal languages of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Paiute peoples, as well as pow wow songs, oral history interviews, stories and legends, and tribal council meetings. Among the most important recordings to the tribes are those documenting Washaat religious services, the Warm Springs Sahaptin language, and contemporary and historical uses of natural resources in the Columbia River watershed. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded the project an Excellence in Oregon Heritage Award in 2014.
Dr. Sharon Sherman, Professor Emerita of Folklore and English at the University of Oregon, is featured on the website of the American Studies Association for her essay Screening American Studies: Intersections. Featured with Dr. William Ferris, Dr. Sherman writes of the interplay of documentary film-making an the field of American Studies. Both essays can be found here.
Dr. Lisa Gilman, Director of the Folklore Program, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Folklore Society. Dr. Gilman’s three-year term runs from 2015-2017. Norma Cantú, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Jeff Todd Titon, Brown University, emeritus, were also elected to the Executive Board. Dr. Gilman has been an active participant and leader in the American Folklore Society for many years, and her new position will be a very positive asset to the American Folklore Society in the coming years.
The Folklore Program at the University of Oregon is proud to announce that Dr. Carol Silverman has been inducted into the Fellows of the American Folklore Society. This accolade is reserved for a select number of eminent scholars each year. In 2014, Dr. Silverman was one of five scholars designated for induction. Carol joins a distinguished group of scholars listed at the Fellows’ website at http://www.afsnet.org/?page=Fellows.
The Fellows is an honorary organization that recognizes members of the American Folklore Society who have made outstanding contributions to folklore studies. It works with the leadership of the Society to sponsor activities that promote the advancement of folklore studies, including a plenary lecture, reception for students and Fellows, breakfast for students, and special awards and projects.
Elizabeth Magee, the Folklore Program’s administrative support staff, recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier, VT. Beth finished her MFA while simultaneously balancing a full load of administrative responsibilities for both the English Department and the Folklore Program. Many congratulations to a very talented artist. You can see Beth’s work at www.elizabethmagee.net