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A Tribute to Deanna Paniataaq Kingston, Scholar and Advocate
December 8th, 2011 - Posted by Abby Mogollón

We recently received very sad news about one of our forthcoming authors, Deanna Paniataaq Kingston. After several years struggling with cancer, she passed away last week. Dr. Kingston, who was an associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, was in the process of finalizing the manuscript for her book “Niglarugut Ugiuvangmiuguruagut: We King Islanders are Wolf Dancing” (Oregon State University Press).

Deanna Kingston, who taught anthropology at Oregon State University, died Dec. 2 of cancer. Image courtesy LIFE@OSU.

OSU Press acquisitions editor Mary Elizabeth Braun said, “Working with the OSU anthropology department, we plan to continue moving forward with this important project. Deanna was a gifted and innovative scholar who spent much of her career working for her community, including creating a website for the King Island Placenames Project and many long-term efforts in documenting traditional ecological knowledge.”

Oregon State University recently posted a tribute to Professor Kingston, which starts:

“Oregon State University faculty member Deanna Kingston, an anthropologist, died Friday (Dec. 2) after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 46.  Kingston’s family is Inupiat from King Island, Alaska, and she dedicated her career to studying and honoring the culture of her ancestors, including exploring their rich traditional ecological knowledge. She was an associate professor at OSU.

Her work included research on traditional kinship patterns, songs, and hunting dances. She interned at the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center, and worked on a film collection of last-century King Island life, now housed at the National Museum of Natural History. In 2003 she received a National Science Foundation grant to document and compare scientific knowledge with traditional knowledge of King Island.”

See the complete tribute to Dr. Deanna Kingston.

Learn more about the King Island Placename Project.

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