June 2017

with bibliography

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

1504 Smokey Mtn. Dr.,
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 981-7301

I. Personal

Born 23 April 1943, Louisville, KY

II. Education

Stanford University, 1960-1964, B.A., Sociology
University of California, Berkeley, 1968-1973, M.A., Ph.D., Anthropology

III. Academic Employment

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

 Acting Assistant Professor, 1972-1973
 Assistant Professor, 1973-1979
 Associate Professor, 1979-1983
 Professor, 1983-2005
 Acting Chair, 2001-2002
 Professor Emeritus, 2006-present


Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, California, Winter, 1976

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Indigenous Natural and Cultural Resource Management (CINCRM), Northern Territory University, Darwin, NT, Australia, July-August 1999

Darrell Posey Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford University, May 11-15, 2010.

Ethnoecology Seminars, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Vacratot, Hungary, April 25-27, 2014.

IV. Awards and Fellowships

Honors in Sociology, Stanford University, 1964

Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University, 1964

Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1983

Governor's Writers Award, 1992, for Nch'i-Wána, “The Big River”:

Association of American Publishers Prose Award for excellence in Archaeology & Anthropology, 2008, for A Zapotec Natural History.
Distinguished Ethnobiologist, Society of Ethnobiology, 2014.
“High Honors,” Harvard’s Honoring Nations’ Excellence in Tribal Governance award, 2016, for Chaw Pawa Laakni 'They Are Not Forgotten'.

V. Professional Memberships

Fellow, American Anthropological Association
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member, Society of Ethnobiology
Member, Society for Latin American Anthropology
Member, Society for Linguistic Anthropology
Member, Society for Environmental Anthropology

VI. Research Projects; Grants and Contracts

My current research efforts focus on ongoing ethnobiological research in the Sierra Sur of Oaxaca and continuing ethnogeographic research on Sahaptin in the Columbia Plateau of the Pacific Northwest.

NIMH Combination Graduate Fellowship and Research Grant for dissertation research in Tenejapa, Chiapas, Mexico, 1970- 1972

Innovative Teaching Grant, Graduate School, University of Washington, 1975-1976

Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Grant for Scientific Research (BNS 76-16914), “Sahaptin Ethnobiology,” $52,000, 1976-1979

Principal Investigator, Graduate School Research Fund Grant University of Washington, “Native Diet in the Pacific Northwest: Plant Sources,” 1978-1979

Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Special Research Grant (BNS 80-21476), “Impact of Ashfall from Mt. St. Helens on Native American Traditional Economic Resources and Activities,” $14,000, 1980-1981

Consultant, Pinelands Folklife Project, American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress, 1983-1984

Expert Witness, Sohappy vs. Hodel, Federal District Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Portland, OR, 1987

Principal Investigator, National Geographic Society Research Grant, “Plateau Ethnogeography,” $15,000, 1990-1992.

Expert Witness, U.S. v. Washington, Shellfish sub- proceeding, for Squaxin Island Tribe, April 1995.

Co-Principal Investigator, Cooperative Agreement, “A Study of Subsistence Uses Associated with Alaska Units of the National Park System,” National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, 19 Department of Anthropology, 1991-1995.

Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Grant SBR-9515395, Ethnobiology of San Pedro Mixtepec, a Zapotec Community of the Sierra de Miahuatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico,” $183,000, 1996-1999.

Principal Investigator, A Study of Traditional Use of Bird Eggs by the Hoonah Tlingit and a Tlingit Ethno-Ornithology, Field Station for Protected Area Research, USGS/BRD/FRESC, Cooperative Agreement No. 1443 CA-9000-95-0019, $73,150, 1998-1999.

Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Supplementary Grant to Ethnobiology of San Pedro Mixtepec, $4000, 1998.

Consultant, Linguistic Evidence re. Cultural Affiliations of Kennewick Man, Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Archaeology and Ethnography Division.

Principal Investigator, Jacobs Research Fund grant, $1200, “Acquisition of Traditional Environmental Knowledge by Children in a Zapotec-Speaking Community in Oaxaca, Mexico,” July-August 2001.

Principle Investigator, Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program grant, Department of Education, Title VI, $165,000, “Latin American Studies Program Development,” July 2002-June 2004.

Principal Investigator, Royalty Research Fund Grant, University of Washington, $36,069, “Ethnobiological knowledge, native language conservation, and transnational labor migration in rural Oaxaca, Mexico,” July 2002-December 2004.

Co-Principal Investigator, National Pacific Research Board, BSIERP LTK project, Akutan, Alaska, 2007-2012.

Co-Principal Investigator, Jacobs Research Fund collaborative grant, $6000, “CTUIR ethnobiology,” 2008-2009.

VII. Teaching

Courses Taught

Anth 100 Introduction to Anthropology
Anth 202 Principles of Sociocultural Anthropology
Anth 203 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Anth 206 The Human Animal
Anth 208 The Culture Concept
Anth 210 Environmental Anthropology
Anth 301 Human Nature and Culture
American Indian Studies 312 Indians of the Intermountain West
Anth 350 Cultural Evolution
Anth 358 Culture and Cognition
Anth 418 Indian Heritage of Mexico and Central America
Anth 457 Human Ecology: Introduction to Cultural Ecology
Anth 458 Ethnobiology: Plants, Animals, and People
Anth 507 Sociocultural Colloquium
Anth 542 Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
Anth 550 Graduate Course in Ethnographic Field Methods
Anth 551 Research Design
Anth 565 Graduate Core Course in Theory: Evolution, Ecology, Economics
Anth 567 Graduate Core Course in Theory: Symbolic Dimension
Social Sciences 201 Human Rights, Global Concerns, and Local Struggles (team taught)
Anth 570 Environmental Anthropology Core Graduate Seminar


Ph.D. Students Supervised:

Elaine Gowell, Ph.D., 1976, psychiatric counselor.
Margaret Byrne Swain, Ph.D., 1978, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis.
Michael William Corr, Ph.D. (interdisciplinary) 1984, independent scholar, Kyoto, Japan.
Darlene Ann Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. 1986, Anthropology faculty, Everett Community College, Everett, WA, retired.
Antonio Leroy Sanchez, Ph.D., political consultant, Olympia, WA.
Helen Norton, Ph.D. 1985, self-employed ethnographic consultant, Silverdale, WA; deceased.
Robert T. Boyd, Ph.D., 1985, self-employed ethnohistorical consultant, Portland, OR.
Brien A. Meilleur, Ph.D. 1986, President, Center for Plant Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, retired.
Leslie Johnson, Ph.D, 1987, faculty, Green River Community College, Auburn, WA.
Buffy LaDue, Ph.D. 1987, Batelle Northwest, Richland, WA.
Andie Diane N. Palmer, Ph.D. 1994, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Thomas F. Thornton, Ph.D. 1995, Oxford University, UK.
Edmund Quincy Searles, Ph.D. 1998, Research Fellow in Canadian Studies and Faculté des Sciences Sociales Postdoctoral Fellow, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.
C. Jill Grady, Ph.D., 1998, consultant to the Three Campus Human Rights Project, Bothel, WA.
Carolyn Sawin, Ph.D., 2000, instructor, University of New Hampshire.
Colleen Boyd, Ph.D., 2001, Mellon Fellow, Centers for the Americas, Wesleyan University.
Thomas Murphy, Ph.D., 2003, Assiociate Professor and Chair, Anthropology, Edmonds Community College.
Akesha Baron, Ph.D. 2006.
Sara Jo Breslow, Ph.D. 2010.
Rebeca Rivera, Ph.D. 2011.
E. Miriam Aldasoro Maya, Ph.D., 2011.

Lectures and Seminars at other Universities:
Natural History of the Amazon Basin (field course, University of California Berkeley, Extension), July 1975, 1976
Sahaptin Ethnobiology, Department of Anthropology, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Sahaptin Ethnobiology, Botany Department, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, April 1978
Sahaptin Ethnobiology, Department of Anthropology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, May 1988
The Significance of Ethnobiology for Scientific Systematics, Department of Biology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, May 1988
Keynote Speaker, Great River of the West Conference, Vancouver, Washington, May 1, 1992.
Commencement Address, “The Value of a Multi-Cultural Education,” Phi Beta Kappa, University of Washington, June 12, 1992
Keynote Speaker, Primer Congreso Mexicano de Etnobiología, Toluca, Mexico, August 10-12, 1994
Speaker, Eighth Annual Western Regional Indian Law Symposium, School of Law, University of Washington, Seattle, September 16-17, 1994
Guest speaker, “Current Issues in Ethnobiological Theory,” Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, March 14, 1995
Guest speaker, “Plateau Indian Ethnobiology,” Wenatchee Community College, Wenatchee, Washington, May 1996
Guest speaker, “Plateau Indian Ethnobiology,” The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, November 1997
Guest speaker, “Plateau Indian Ethnobiology,” Department of Anthropology, Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, March 1999.
Guest speaker, St. Lawrence College, Canton, New York, October 25-27, 2001.
Keynote Speaker, Rites of Spring, Sleeping Lady Conference Center, Leavenworth, Washington, May 25-28, 2002.
Guest speaker, Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington, January 30, 2007.
Guest speaker, Universidad Intercultural del Estado de México (UIEM), San Felipe del Progreso, Estado de México, March 13, 2007.
Keynote Speaker, Tercer Congreso Mexicano de Etnobiología, Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 20, 2007.
Third Annual Linfield Anthropology Lecture, Precocious Acquisition:  Zapotec children, the “Nature Deficit Disorder” syndrome, and implications for pedagogy,” Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, April 19, 2007.
Guest speaker, "The Value of Shrub Steppe Habitats for Native American Subsistence in the Columbia Plateau." Society for Ecological Restoration and the Society of Wetland Scientists, Yakima, Washington, September 26, 2007
Seminar series speaker, “Ethnoepistemology: A Cognitive Anthropological Perspective,” Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, April 25, 2008.
Guest speaker, “Columbia Plateau Ethnobiology,” Central Washington Chapter, Washington Native Plant Society, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, April 26, 2008.
Guest speaker, "The Nachish-hlama, Native people of the Wenas: An Ethnoecological Perspective."Washington Audubon Society Memorial Day Wenas Campout, May 24, 2008.
Guest speaker, “Cognitive Anthropology,” Department of Anthropology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, October 28, 2008.
Presentation of book, A Zapotec Natural History, Jardín Etnobotánico, Centro Cultural de Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, México, November 13, 2008.
Guest speaker, “A Zapotec Natural History.” Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MN, January 21, 2010.
Keynote Speaker, “Place Names as Cultural Artifacts,” 63rd Annual Northwest Anthropological Conference,Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, March 26, 2010.
Guest Speaker, “Conserving Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK): Two Case Studies from Native North America.” Symposium on Minority Language in Today’s Global Society: Interdependent Diversities:The Relationship between Language, Culture and Ecology, Trace Foundation, New York, New York, September 24-25, 2010.
Guest speaker, “Contemporary Significance of Traditional Environmental Knowledge in Columbia Plateau Indian Communities,” Traditional Knowledge & Healthy Ecosystems Summit, hosted by the Snoqualmie Tribe at Skamania Lodge, Columbia Gorge, Washington, August 29-31, 2012.
Guest speaker, Segundo Seminario Internacional de Etnomicología, Jardín Etnobotánico, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico, November 5-6, 2013.
Guest speaker, “El valor de ls subsistencia para el future del mundo.” Universidad Indígena de Veracruz, Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz, Mexico, November 7-8, 2013.
Guest speaker, “Ethnobiological classification and nomenclature: cognitive aspects of an anthropological research program.” SMART (Speech and language, Music, Art, Reasoning & Thought) Cognitive Science program, Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 26, 2016.

VIII. Conferences, Workshops, Symposia, and Exhibits


Participant, GRAFIK Colloquium, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA, Mathematical Social Sciences Board, 1975
Participant, Seminar on Standardization and Measurement in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Coloma, CA, Mathematical Social Sciences Board, 1975
Participant, Conference on Anthropology, Psychology, and Cognitive Structures, University of California, Riverside, CA, 1979
Co-Organizer, Symposium on the Regulation of Environmental Resources in Food-Collecting Societies, American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 1980
Co-Organizer, Symposium on Material and Cognitive Influences on the Organization of Choice, American Anthropological  Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 1984
Participant, “New Jersey Pinelands: Tradition and Environment, A Conference, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey, March 1987
Participant, Workshop on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, April 1988
Conference Coordinator, Cultural Conservation Conference, American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., May 1990
Participant, Seminar on “Other Minds: Methods in the Cross- Cultural Study of Cognitive Variation,” Cognitive  Anthropology Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, May 18-22, 1992
Organizer and Participant, Panel: “Mid-Columbia Indians and Their Land,” Great River of the West Mini-Conference, Longview, Washington, October 2, 1993
Participant, Folkbiology Workshop, Northwestern University,  October 7-9, 1994
Participant, State-of-the-Art Conference on Ethnoecology, University of Georgia, April 7-9, 1995
Participant, Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Species., University of California, Berkeley, October, 1995.
Participant, Symposium: Language, Culture, and Understandings of the Environment: Lessons for Environmental Policy and Education, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, April 1999.
Participant, Garma festival, Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia, July 2000.
Participant, Convocation 2000, “Scholars and Elders,” Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Mission, Oregon, 18-20 October 2000.
Participant, Convocation 2001, “Language Conservation,” Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Mission, Oregon, 7-9 November 2001.
Participant, Intellectual Imperatives in Ethnobiology, National Science Foundation, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, 4-6 April 2002.
Participant, in the session “Conservation: Conceptual constructions and consequences.,” Ninth International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS IX), Edinburgh, Scotland, September 9, 2002.
Participant, 2nd International Conference on Oaxacan and Otomanguean Languages, University of California at Berkeley, March 18-21, 2004.
Participant, in the session “Ethnobiology and the science of humankind: A retrospective and a prospective,” at the 9th International Congress of Ethnobiology (ICE), University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K., June 13, 2004.
Participant, Symposium on interdisciplinary approaches to landscape representation, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 24-25, 2016.

IX. Professional and Community Service

Managing Editor, Folk Classification Bulletin, 1977-1980
News and Comments Editor, Journal of Ethnobiology, 1981-1991
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Ethnobiology, 1981-1991
Editor, Journal of Ethnobiology, 1995-1999
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 1993-1996
Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Ethnobiology, 2001-
Member, Plateau Volume Planning Committee, Handbook of North American Indians, Smithsonian Institution
Organizer and Host, 18th International Conference on Salishan and Neighboring Languages, Seattle, August 1983
Organizer and Host, 7th Annual Ethnobiology Conference, Seattle, April 1984
Member, Jacobs Research Funds Advisory Committee, 1985-present
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant panels, March 2001 - October 2003.
President, Seattle Audubon Society, 1988-1990
Co-editor, Northern Pacific Region, American Birds, 1977-1982
Co-editor, Washington Birds, 1998-2001.
Organizer and Host, 26th Annual Ethnobiology Conference, Seattle, March 2003.
President-elect and President, Society of Ethnobiology, 2003-2007.
Vice-President and President, Washington Ornithological Society, 2006-2010
Member, Board of Governors, Terralingua, 2007-2010.

X. University Administrative Service

Member and Chair, University of Washington Human Subjects Review Committee C, 1978-1980
Chair, Search Committee for tenure track position, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, 1980-1981
Coordinator, Socio-Cultural sub-faculty, Department of  Anthropology, University of Washington, 1980-1981, 1989- 1991
Member, Advisory Committee, American Indian Studies Center, University of Washington, 1981-1999
Chair, Faculty Council on Student Affairs, University of Washington, 1983-1984
Member, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, University of  Washington, 1984-1986
Faculty, Latin American Studies Program, 1988-2004
Member and Chair, University of Washington Adjudication  Panel, 1991-1996
Member, Faculty Search Committee, Liberal Studies Program, University of Washington, Bothel, 1997
Member, Faculty Council on Faculty Affairs, 1998-2001
Chair, Latin American Studies Program, 1999-2001
Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology, 2001-2002


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