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About the Contributors Jeffrey D. Anderson (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is associate professor of anthropology at Colby College. His research has focused on the language, culture, and history of the Northern Arapaho tribe. He is author of The Four Hills of Life: Northern Arapaho Knowledge and Life Movement (2001), One Hundred Years of Old Man Sage: An Arapaho Life Story (2003), and various articles. His topical interests include creativity, language shift, ethnoepistemology, ethnopoetics, age grade systems, human rights, ethnohistory, and comparative human development. He is currently working on a book about Arapaho women’s quillwork art. Melissa Axelrod (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is professor of linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Her research focuses on morphology, semantics, and sociolinguistic issues in Native American languages. Along with colleagues Jule Gómez de García, Jordan Lachler, and Sean Burke, she is the editor of Abáachi Mizaa ©áo I™kee’ Shijai: Dictionary of Jicarilla Apache (2007). She also served as editor of the Dictionary of Koyukon Athabaskan (2000) and is the author of The Semantics of Time: Aspectual Categorization in Koyukon Athabaskan (1993). She is currently working on two NSF-funded projects, one to produce a dictionary, grammar, and pedagogical materials for Nambé Tewa in collaboration with language specialists at Nambé Pueblo in New Mexico and the second to produce an electronic archive of oral history and linguistic documentation with an Ixil Mayan woman’s cooperative, the Grupo de Mujeres por la Paz, in highland Guatemala. Margaret Bender received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and currently teaches anthropology and linguistics at Wake Forest University. Her 2002 book, Signs of Cherokee Culture: Sequoyah ’s Syllabary in Eastern Cherokee Life, explored the religious, social , and political implications of reading and writing in the Cherokee language. Signs received the James Mooney Award from the Southern Anthropological Society in 2004. More recently (2004), she edited a vol- 346 contributors ume entitled Linguistic Diversity in the South: Changing Codes, Practices and Ideology. Bender’s research and teaching interests also include educational anthropology, gender studies, and Native American studies. She is currently working on a comparison of attitudes toward and practices related to fatherhood and masculinity in two Oklahoma Indian communities and on linguistic analyses of Cherokee medicinal and religious texts. Pamela A. Bunte is a professor of anthropology and linguistics at California State University, Long Beach, where she was chair of the Department of Anthropology from 1989 to 1995. She received an M.A. in French in 1974 and her Ph.D. in anthropology in 1979 from Indiana University. Her dissertation research was with the Kaibab Paiutes. She later began working with the San Juan Paiute community in 1980 on a dictionary. Her research interests include verbal art, language socialization , intercultural communication, language maintenance and revitalization , and language ideology. She worked with the San Juan Paiute tribe on their successful federal recognition case, and this research produced From the Sands to the Mountain: Change and Persistence in a Southern Paiute Community. She has continued to work with the San Juan Paiute Tribe on land claims and other applied projects. She also recently completed a five-year project working on the federal recognition of the Little Shell Chippewas of Montana. Her current project is to finish writing a book, ‘‘Words on the Wind,’’ which combines many of her aforementioned research interests. In addition, she is working to complete the dictionary of San Juan Paiute that she started in 1980. Margaret C. Field is associate professor and chair of American Indian studies at San Diego State University. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include American Indian languages, language socialization, language ideology, and multimedia applications to language maintenance, among other things. Her current research focuses on the relationship between language ideology and the development of lexical dialects in the Kumeyaay community of Baja, California. Jule Gómez de García (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is an associate professor at California State University, San Marcos, where she teaches linguistics in the Department of Liberal Studies. She is an expert in the area of language documentation and revitalization who has done re- contributors 347 search and linguistic consultation with the Oklahoma Kickapoo and, in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Axelrod, with the Mescalero, Plains, and Jicarilla Apache communities. Along with colleagues Axelrod, Jordan Lachler, and Sean Burke she is an editor of Abáachi Mizaa ©áo I™kee’ Shijai: Dictionary...


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