UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Alice Taff recordings (Russian Wedding Songs), 1989  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Taff, Alice
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Alice Taff recordings (Russian Wedding Songs)
1 items  :  EC - 1 cassette tape (stereo); Duration: 00:32:28; "Folk Songs of the Old Believers"
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Recorded at Homer High Studios [Homer, Alaska]; Alice Taff, coordinator; Lance Peterson, audio technician.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Linguist Alice Taff's work specializes in indigenous languages in Alaska, especially in the Unangam Tunuu (Aleut) language. Unangam Tunuu is indigenous to the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands of Alaska and forms a branch of the Eskimo-Aleut family. Taff received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Louisville in 1968, her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville in the Teacher Corps in 1972, and her Master of Arts (1992) and her Ph.D. (1999) in Linguistics from the University of Washington. Her Ph.D. work focused on the research conducted for her thesis, "Phonetics and Phonology of Unangan (Eastern Aleut) Intonation."

Beginning in 2007, Taff researched and taught Alaskan Native Languages at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has also worked as a researcher, as a consulting linguist for schools and tribal organizations, and as a teacher and professor for students ranging in age from elementary school to college. Taff served as the President of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas from 2015 to 2016, as the Co-Director of the Endangered Language Fund's Healing through Language Initiative, and has been a member of the Tlingit Clan Conference organizing committee, the Linguistic Society of American Committee on Endangered Language Preservation, and the Anvik Historical Society.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Total duration: 32:28 (Side A-14:18; Side B-18:10)

Copyright 1989, Nikolaevsk Publishing Co.

Documentation: 2 accompanying booklets: "Russian Wedding Songs" (song lyrics)

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1 audiotape : Audio Cassette; Tracks: 12
See "Russian Wedding Songs" (in documentation file) for Russian song texts and translations. Singers:Leads: Luba Fefelov; Ulita Martusheff. Harmony: Alice Taff, Valentina Fefelov, Mavriky Kalugin, Olga Yakunin, Artemon Martusheff, Fred Kraskov.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Wedding music
  • Wedding songs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Russia
  • Soviet Union (former)