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, PhD

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

Biography

Judith B. Mason

Treasurer of VOVA, Inc.
Educator

Biography

Sara Danforth

Secretary of VOVA, Inc.

Biography

Thomas Belt

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, PhD

Director, Five Civilized Tribes Museum
Muskogee, Oklahoma

Biography

Gus Palmer, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Oklahoma University

Biography

Pura Fé Crescioni

Singer-Songwriter

Biography

Board of Directors - Association VOVA (France)

Catharine Mason, PhD

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

Biography

Astrid Vabret, PhD

Director of the Laboratoire de Virologie
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Biography

Clotilde Lemarchant, PhD

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

Biography

Réjane Vimard

Accountant
KPMG

Biography

Eric Jarno, MA

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

Biography

Pierre Diarra

Assistant Professor
Catholic Institute of Paris

Biography

ADVISORY BOARD

Catharine Mason, PhD

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

Biography

Raymond DeMallie, PhD

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

Biography

Paul Kroskrity, PhD

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

Biography

Nicole Revel, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Linguistics
Centre national de recherche scientifique

Biography

Ofelia Zepeda, PhD

Professor of Linguistics
University of Arizona

Biography

Isidore Okpewho

Professor of Africana Studies
Binghamton University

Biography

EDITORIAL BOARD

Lise Dobrin, PhD

Associate Professor of Linguistics
University of Virginia

Biography

Francis Hartwell, PhD

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Director of the Cherokee Language Program
Western Carolina University

Biography

Alexander King, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Aberdeen

Biography

Cécile Leguy, PhD

Professor of Anthropology
Université de Paris René Descartes

Biography

Obododimma Oha, PhD

Professor of Cultural Semiotics and Stylistics
University of Ibadan

Biography

Douglas Parks, PhD

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Indiana University

Biography

Remi Pezeril

Independent Researcher
President of Magène

Biography

Michael Uzendoski, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Florida State University

Biography

Sylvain Vogel, PhD

Assistant 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

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