Alex Taitt, Anthropology Major, Wins NSF Grant and URCA Fellowship for her Study of Anishinaabe Language and Arts
June 25, 2014
Alexandra Taitt combined her Anthropology and Computer Science majors to design a senior project in which she is collaborating with Native American (Anishinaabe, AKA Chippewa) language instructors and artists to develop audio/visual language instruction materials that will be deployed through GRASAC, an international research network that produces a database of Great Lakes indigenous peoples’ cultural materials called the “GKS.” Following an URCA Assistantship in the IRIS Center with Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt, and a Museum Internship in the Ethnology Museum Laboratory and the Missouri History Museum with Drs. Cory Willmott and Adriana Greci Green, Ms. Taitt won support for her novel research plan from an NSF-REU grant (attached to Dr. Hildebrandt’s NSF grant) and SIUE’s URCA Associate program. In June 2014, Ms. Taitt’s NSF grant funded two weeks working with Mary Ann Corbiere (Anishinaabe Language Professor, University of Sudbury), Alan Corbiere (Language Coordinator, Lakeview School, M’Cheeging First Nation), Mary Pheasant (Laurentian University) and Wanda Ozawanimke (Anishinaabe beadwork artist) to record interviews in the Anishinaabe language about beadwork. Culminating Ms. Taitt’s research in Ontario, Canada, she presented a paper at the GRASAC conference based on her Museum Internship, titled, “Uses and Abuses of Audio Recorded Collaborative Research for the GKS.” During Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, Ms. Taitt will conduct her senior project in anthropology supported by her URCA Fellowship. During this phase of the project, she will analyze the Anishinaabe language interviews and design a method to produce them as language instructional materials on the GKS database.
Click here for information on, and program for, the GRASAC conference: http://carleton.ca/culturalmediations/grasac-wcc-conference/.
This Week in CAS news story available here.
October 20, 2014
Kaitlin Roberts, Anthropology graduate in 2014, won the Jeannette E. Stephens Student Paper Award 2014 for her research paper “The Gehring Site: A Ceramic Analysis.”
Here is the link to the This Week in CAS news story: http://thisweekincas.com/2014/10/20/anthropology-alumni-wins-annual-illinois-archaeological-surveys-student-paper-competition/
The article can also be viewed in pdf form here.