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NSF DEL Award ($182,406):

2017 National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages. PI Daryl Baldwin (Miami University), Co-PIs Gabriela Pérez Báez (NMNH) and Leanne Hinton.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Connection Grant ($25,000 CAD):

Museum Anthropology Futures- Inaugural Conference of the Council of Museum Anthropology. PI Erica Lehrer (Concordia), Co-PI Joshua A. Bell, Jennifer Shannon (UC Boulder), John Lukivic (Denver Art Museum)

National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology ($295,611):

 Realigning Archival Practice and Anthropological Needs: Improving Data Discovery at the National Anthropological Archives (Grant #1627066) to support a 3-year post-doctoral fellow in anthropological archiving who will join the staff of the NAA and the broader scientific staff of the Smithsonian Department of Anthropology. PI Pérez Báez, Co-PI Bell.

NMNH FY16 Small Grant Award ($4,960):

Determination of botanical specimens from the Documentation and Revitalization of the Language and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Isthmus Zapotec Community project. Gabriela Pérez Báez.

Arizona Commission of the Arts Award ($2,000):

First Annual Hopi Pottery Festival PIs Anita Poleahla (Mesa Media), Leigh Kuwanwisiwma (Hopi Cultural Preservation Office) and Gwyneira Isaac (NMNH).


National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages Program ($60,303):

National Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages, Award # 1360675 Daryl Baldwin & Gabriela Pérez Báez, Co-PIs.


Cultural and Linguistic Vitality Assessment ($20,000):

Consortia Grand Challenges Level 1. Michael Mason, PI; Joshua Bell, Joe Horse Capture, Ruth Rouvier and Gabriela Pérez Báez, Co-PIs.

Documentation and Revitalization of the Language and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Isthmus Zapotec Community. ($94,976):

Consortia Grand Challenges Level 2. Gabriela Pérez Báez, PI; Vicki Funk, Manuel Gancedo and Olivia Cadaval, Co-PIs.


Endangered and Entwined: The Spoken Word and the Natural World ($1,000,000):

Arcadia Fund. Joshua A. Bell and Stephanie Christensen, Co-PIs.

  • To support digitization and increased access for materials help at the NAA. The funds will allow the NAA to digitize its entire collection of ethnographic sound recordings, estimated at 3,000 hours, as well as 35,000 pages of manuscript materials, using techniques that will make these electronic sources readily available to the public through the Smithsonian’s online and openly accessible catalog system. For more information click here.
Global Lives/Global Voices: Filming Speakers of 10 Endangered Languages (Planning Workshop) ($20,000):

Consortia Grand Challenges Level 1. Joshua A. Bell, PI; Joe Horse Capture, Ruth Rouvier, Michael Mason, Co-PIs. (With the Global Lives Foundation.)

  • To fund an interdisciplinary workshop to explore the creation of a set of 24-hour films focused on endangered language communities around the world.
Weaving Worlds: Biocultural Heritage of the Purari Delta of Papua New Guinea ($115,254):

Christensen Fund. Joshua A. Bell, PI.

  • To bring four collaborators from the Purari Delta to the US to continue work on traditional songs and environmental knowledge.


Culture and Health: A Workshop in New Methodologies ($19,716.00):

Consortia Grand Challlenges Level 1. Gwyneira Isaac, PI; Jose Barreiro, David Penney, and Gabriela Pérez Báez, Co-PIs.

  • To form a pan-institutional interdisciplinary coalition to provide greater insight into and public understanding of Native American health issues; host a two-day workshop designed to breakdown pre-existing barriers that have prevented insight into the relationship between health and culture within these communities.
Recovering Voices Strategic Planning ($18,736):

Consortia Grand Challenges Level 1. Ruth Rouvier, PI; David Penney and Daniel Sheehy, Co-PIs.

  • To support the creation of a Strategic Plan for Recovering Voices, including an externally-facilitated, off-site Strategic Planning retreat for SI staff and stakeholder representatives.


After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge ($25,000):

National Science Foundation Senior Proposal (NSF application number 7115841). Kim Christen, PI; Joshua A. Bell and Mark Turin, Co-PIs.

  • For a workshop to explore participants’ shared experiences of digital return projects focused on linguistic revitalization of endangered languages, cultural revitalization of traditional practices and the creation of new knowledge stemming from the return of digitized material culture from the Arctic to Arizona. Participants sought to understand the broad impact of such technological changes and cultural needs on individual communities as well as regional and international networks, for more information click here.
After the Return ($20,000):

Consortia Grand Challenges Level I. Joshua A. Bell, PI; Gwyneira Isaac, David Penney and Sita Reddy, Co-PIs.

  • To support the NSF-funded workshop (see above)
Comparative Study of Tone Phenomena in Zapotec Languages ($47,254):

Scholarly Studies Program. Gabriela Pérez Báez, PI; co-author with Mark Sicoli.

  • For a project on tonal morphology across 10 Zapotec languages.
Our Voices on the Air ($100,000):

Consortia Grand Challenges Level II. Michael Mason, PI; Emil Her Many Horses and Marjorie Hunt, Co-PIs.

  • For a conference on endangered languages and radio, co-organized by Cultural Survival. For more information on the event click here.
Recovering Voices Endowment ($4,000,000):

MacMillan Gift. Joshua A. Bell assisted Elizabeth Duggall and Christián Samper.

  • Whitney and Betty MacMillan provided funds to help establish the Recovering Voices program.
From Mind to Paper: The Papers of Brent Berlin and Elois Ann Berlin ($45,000):  

Walcott Endowment Fund. Candace Greene, PI; Vicky Funk and Gabriela Pérez Báez, Co-PIs.

  • For acquisition costs and preliminary processing of the 1st component of the Papers of Brent Berlin and Elois Ann Berlin which consists of 44 linear feet
The Sweetness of the Stone-Age: Histories of the USDA's 1928 Sugarcane  Expedition to New Guinea ($12,000):

Walcott Endowment Fund award. Joshua A. Bell, PI.

  • For archival and collections-based research on the United States of Department of Agriculture’s 1928 Sugarcane Expedition to New Guinea


Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages ($3,240):

National Science Foundation Grant Planning Grant. Robert Leopold, Co-PI with Lisa Conathan and Leanne Hinton.

  • To support planning for the Breath of Life Archival Institute for the Indigenous Languages of the Americas conference in 2011.
Recovering Voices ($99,097.80):

Smithsonian Grand Challenges Level II. Joshua A. Bell, PI; Douglas Herman, Marjorie Hunt, Michael Mason and Gabriela Pérez Báez, Co-PIs.

  • To support five pilot research projects to conduct research on language and knowledge endangerment and maintenance.
Recovering Voices Podcast Series ($10,580):

Web Advisory Group Grant. Gabriela Pérez Báez and Joshua A. Bell, co-PIs.

  • For the development of five video podcasts about Recovering Voices and collections.
Preservation of the Historic Manuscript Collection of the National Anthropological Archives ($323,000):

Save America’s Treasures Grant. Robert Leopold, PI; taken over by Candace Greene.

  • To ensure long-term preservation & increased access to endangered languages manuscripts in the National Anthropological Archives
Ethnobotany in the Juchiteco community of La Ventosa, Oaxaca, Mexico ($4,950):

Small Grants. Gabriela Pérez Báez, PI.

  • To support ethnobotanical research in the Juchiteco community of La Ventosa, Oaxaca, to supplement existing plant terminology in the trilingual Juchitán Zapotec Database. Fieldwork included 2 weeks in La Ventosa where botanical vouchers were collected in collaboration with a botanist, and 2 weeks in Oaxaca City working at the Jardín Botánico de Oaxaca. All research was done in collaboration with native speakers of Juchitán Zapotec living in La Ventosa.