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Brown selected for NEH institute in Peru and Bolivia

May 31, 2005 -- from MSU News Service


Alanna Brown will spend five weeks in Peru studying native cultures on a National Endowment for the Humanities program. Photo courtesy of Alanna Brown.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman - Alanna Kathleen Brown, professor of English at Montana State University, has been selected to participate in "Andean Worlds: New Directions in Scholarship and Teaching," a five-week institute in Peru and Bolivia that focuses on indigenous populations funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Brown is one of 24 faculty members from community and four-year colleges across the country selected for the in-depth collection of seminars and on-site field studies focusing on the newest research in Andean archaeology, art history, ethnography and literary study. The institute, to be held June 26-July 31, is co-sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association.

Brown is a professor and scholar whose recent work has focused on the Native American writer Mourning Dove, also known as Christine Quintasket. Last year she received a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship in support of her three-volume work on Mourning Dove. The University of Nebraska Press will publish Brown's "Mourning Dove, Her Life, Letters and the Translation of Thirty-Seven Salish Narratives," in 2006 and 2007.

"This institute looks at indigenous people from their perspective, which is what I have been doing with my work on Mourning Dove," Brown said. She added that the seminar will look at indigenous people in South America before and in the aftermath of colonization during the 1600s, while Brown's work looks at the final stages of the colonization process as it impacted Northwest tribes from the 1880s-1930s. Mourning Dove, a Salishan writer, wrote about that crisis period as it impacted the native peoples of the Columbia River basin, including tribes who lived in Washington, Idaho, Montana and inland British Columbia.

Brown said she was also looking forward to working with some of the top scholars in the country working in the field of South American indigenous studies who will conduct seminars during the institute, including museum curators and world-renowned archeologists.

Brown, the only person selected from Montana to participate, said her focus will be on how Indians have experienced, dealt with, and incorporated the crisis of conquest and its aftermath.

Contact: Alanna Brown (406) 587-1021