The Graduate School proudly announces Dr. Gregory Fields of the Department of Philosophy as the 2013 recipient of the Hoppe Research Professor award.
Dr. Gregory Fields specializes in recovering, preserving, and investigating systems of knowledge and culture of native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. He will use the Hoppe Award primarily to aid in publication of two upcoming books and ancillary materials. The first, Sacred Breath: Pacific Northwest Culture and Medicine Teachings, is written in collaboration with Johnny Moses, a Nuu-chah-nulth and Tulalip Coastal Salish tradition-bearer with whom Fields has worked for 20 years. Sacred Breath examines the medicine society (spiritual tradition) of Moses and his family, contextualized by interpretive commentary by Moses and Fields. The book will include a set of CDs and DVDs that tie into the book's sections on cultural life and learning, oral tradition and songs, epics, and medicine teachings. The second book, Rights Remembered: A Salish Grandmother Speaks on American Indian History and the Future, is a collaboration with Pauline Hillaire, Lummi Coast Salish elder. Rights Remembered presents coastal Washington State in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from a unique perspective that is grounded in native experience and oral tradition, along with primary source documents of the U.S. government. The book is divided into sections on early Lummi history, contemporary history, oral history, and cultural teachings. It will be accompanied by a DVD and two audio CDs, featuring the only known recordings of some Lummi songs (including the virtually extinct Lummi language). Sacred Breath and Rights Remembered are two of three books Fields currently has under contract with University of Nebraska Press. The first of the three, A Totem Pole History, is about the work of a noted Salish artist, orator, Indian rights leader, and intercultural diplomat (in press, 2013).
Publication is part of Fields' larger goal to advance a comprehensive infrastructure (eventually a digital archive) to provide, in perpetuity, secure preservation and access for recorded and textual sources in Northwest Coast culture and thought. Establishing an accessible comprehensive archive addresses the urgent need for native and non-native specialists to cooperate in the preservation of ancestral languages andknowledge-systems.. Making the archive accessible to all (including, and especially, those outside of academia) fulfills Fields' belief in the right of all peoples to have full access to their cultural heritage, for the sake of wholeness, happiness, hope, and honor.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gregory Fields as the 2013 Hoppe Research Professor!