Catherine S. Fowler Papers
Scope and Contents
The Catherine S. Fowler Papers contains Fowler and Margaret Wheat's research on Sarah Winnemucca, copies of recordings of Great Basin indigenous music made by Dr. Tom Vennum for the Smithsonian Folklife Program, and copies of tapes of Ghost Dance music by Shoshone women made by Dr. Judith Vander. The research materials on Winnemucca comprise a majority of the collection and are primarily photocopies of Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/Commissioner of Indian Affairs documents, genealogical information, transcribed newspaper articles, and letters sent by officials regarding Winnemucca and other Paiute tribal members.
- circa 1965-2010
- Fowler, Catherine S. (Creator, Person)
Language of Materials
Indigenous languages present in collection: Numu, Shoshoni
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Some materials may be inaccessible due to format. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Biographical / Historical
Catherine S. "Kay" Fowler (1940- ), is an American anthropologist whose work has focused on ethnoecological (ethnobotanical, ethnozoological) fieldwork among Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, and Shoshone peoples of Nevada, Utah, and California. Fowler received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and began teaching at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1964. She retired in 2007 and was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus.
During her many years as an anthropologist, Fowler focused on establishing 19th-century subsistence systems and indigenous interactions with the environment and resources, especially traditional resource management systems, of the Paiute and Shoshone peoples of the Great Basin through the integration of linguistic materials into her studies. Some of her linguistic focus has been on indigenous plant/animal taxonomies, place names, and stories that define Native environmental perceptions and cognition. She has consulted with tribes and indigenous organizations on land restoration issues, co-management of resources, and other environmental topics, as well as language and cultural retention while working toward the preservation of anthropological records and museum collections as repositories of information for indigenous peoples and the public in general.
Fowler has received multiple honors over the years, including the Outstanding Research Award from the University of Nevada, Reno, and was inducted to both the American Academy of Arts and Science and the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. In 2011, Fowler was one of three University of Nevada, Reno professors to have received a National Academies honor. Additionally, Folwer has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian; a research associate for the Nevada State Museum; a research associate for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where she participated in the Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records; and has served as president of the Society of Ethnobiology.
[Biographical information compiled from Fowler's listing on the National Academy of Sciences website and University of Nevada, Reno news releases, all accessed on August 12, 2021.]
4.729 Linear Feet (8 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Catherine S. "Kay" Fowler (1940- ) is an American anthropologist whose research has focused on Paiute and Shoshone peoples of the Great Basin. The collection contains Fowler and Margaret Wheat's research on Sarah Winnemucca, duplicate tapes of Great Basin indigenous music collected by Dr. Tom Vennum of the Smithsonian Folklife Program and items for research in Paradise Valley; and duplicate tapes of Ghost Dance music from Shoshone women made by Dr. Judith Vander in Wind River, Wyoming.
Arranged into the following series: 1) Sarah Winnemucca Research Materials; 2) Great Basin Indigenous Music; 3) Judith Vander's Wind River Ghost Dance Songs
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Catherine Fowler in March 2015.
- Guide to the Catherine S. Fowler Papers
- Jessica Maddox
- August 2021
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