Justin Spence

2018 Hellman Fellow


Assistant Professor, Native American Studies
UC Davis

Project Title: PE Goddard’s unpublished Hupa texts: Translation, analysis, and publication

Project Description: The Hellman Fellowship proposed here will support the translation, analysis, and publication of stories told in Hupa, an indigenous language of northwestern California.  These unpublished texts, transcribed by P.E. Goddard in the early 20th century, are critical resources for developing a better understanding of the language.  Their publication will benefit both scholars interested in indigenous languages of California as well as contemporary Hupa people engaged in revitalizing their critically endangered language.  The Fellowship will support fieldwork and consultations with a fluent speaker of the language, and human resources to ensure timely completion of the project.