Tony Johnson teaches pre-scholers how to traditionally process acorns using a mortar and pestle from the Tribe's collection in the preschool immersion class of the Chinuk Wawa language at Grand ronde, Oregon

VOVA is an international non-profit organization founded by scholars, educators, and collectors of oral tradition. Our immediate goal is to build a state-of-the-art exchange platform with digital editorial tools and databases for better documenting, preserving, and valorizing vocal and verbal arts. An Advisory Board has been created for designing the nomenclature, the editing tools, and the database tables. We aim to allow for a maximum number of methodologies and approaches for a comprehensive comparative study of the linguistic, anthropological, musical, and literary features of vocal and verbal performances. Our Editorial Board is responsible for validating all data entered into the VOVA databases and archives.

Meet Our Members

Board of Directors - VOVA, Inc. (USA)

Catharine Mason

President of VOVA France and VOVA, Inc.
Professor of English and Linguistic Ethnography
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Biography



Judith B. Mason

Treasurer of VOVA, Inc.
Educator

Biography



Sara Danforth

Secretary, VOVA, Inc.

Biography



Thomas Belt

VOVA Director
Coordinator for Cherokee language revitalization
Western Carolina University

Biography



Tony Johnson

Chinuk Wawa Instructor
Community Education Director for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe

Biography



Clara Sue Kidwell

Director, VOVA, Inc.
Director, Five Civilized Tribes Museum
Muskogee, Oklahoma

Biography



Gus Palmer

Director, VOVA, Inc.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Oklahoma University

Biography



Pura Fé Crescioni

Director, VOVA, Inc.
Singer-Songwriter
World Artist

Biography



Board of Directors - Association VOVA (France)

Catharine Mason

President of VOVA France and VOVA, Inc.
Professor of English and Linguistic Ethnography
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Biography



Astrid Vabret

Director, VOVA France
Director of the Laboratoire de Virologie
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Biography



Clotilde Lemarchant

Secretary of VOVA, France
Associate Professor of Sociology
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Biography



Réjane Vimard

Treasurer of VOVA France
Accountant
KPMG

Biography



Eric Jarno

Director, VOVA France
Producer at Pays des Miroirs
Artistic Director at Tell Me Films
Lecturer in Cinema
Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie

Biography



Pierre Diarra

Director, VOVA France
Assistant Professor
Catholic Institute of Paris

Biography



Anthony Okwara

Director, VOVA France
Student
Université de Caen

Biography



ADVISORY BOARD

Catharine Mason

President of VOVA France and VOVA, Inc.
Professor of English and Linguistic Ethnography
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Biography



Raymond DeMallie

VOVA Advisor
Director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Biography



Paul Kroskrity

VOVA Advisor
Professor of Anthropology Chair, American Indian Studies
University of California - Los Angeles

Biography



Nicole Revel

VOVA Advisor
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics
Centre national de recherche scientifique

Biography



Isidore Okpewho

Advisor
Professor of Africana Studies
Binghamton University

Biography



EDITORIAL BOARD

Alexander King

VOVA Editor
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Franklin and Marshall College

Biography



Cécile Leguy

VOVA Editor
Professor of Anthropology
Université de Paris René Descartes

Biography



Obododimma Oha

VOVA Editor
Professor of Cultural Semiotics and Stylistics
University of Ibadan

Biography



Douglas Parks

VOVA Editor
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Indiana University

Biography



Remi Pezeril

VOVA Editor
Independent Researcher
Association Magène

Biography



Michael Uzendoski

VOVA Editor
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Florida State University

Biography



Sylvain Vogel

VOVA Editor
Professor of Language Sciences
Université Royale de Phnom Pehn

Biography



Frank Alvarez-Pereyre

Research Director in Linguistics and Anthropology
Centre national de recherche scientifique

Biography



John Leavitt

VOVA Editor
Professor in the linguistic anthropology section of the Department of Anthropology
Université de Montréal

Biography



PROJECT COORDINATORS

Susan Hawkins

Events Coordinator of VOVA, Inc.

Biography



Aurélie Le Cordier

AudioVisual Archives Coordinator and Webmaster for VOVA, Inc. and VOVA, France

Biography



VOVA honors founding members

John Foley, PhD

Professor of Classics
University of Missouri, Columbia

Biography

Virginia Hymes, Emerita

University of Virginia

Biography

Saad Sowayan, PhD

Professor of Anthropology
King Saud University

Biography

Walt Wolfram, PhD

Professor of English
North Carolina State University

Biography

VOVA would like to thank the following translators for volunteering their time and efforts to making our mission accessible in different languages:

  • Arabic Dalia Soueid
  • Cherokee Thomas Belt and Hartwell Francis
  • Chinese Jessie Chin
  • Chinuk Wawa Henry Zenk
  • Filipino Karen Saule-Español
  • FrenchAnne Combarnous
  • JapaneseTamiko Fujimoto
  • PortugueseHarring Figueiredo
  • SpanishAlondra Ramirez
  • SwahiliArthur Kokonya Mumelo
  • Arabic Tarek Al Kalanee