Frisbie, Charlotte J(ohnson) 1940-

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FRISBIE, Charlotte J(ohnson) 1940-


Born December 20, 1940, in Hazleton, PA; married Theodore R. Frisbie (an anthropologist); children: Elizabeth Boardman, Jennifer Alison. Education: Smith College, B.A. (cum laude), 1962; Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), M.A., 1964; University of New Mexico, Ph.D., 1970. Hobbies and other interests: Quilting, knitting.


Home—5923 Quercus Grove Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025. Office—c/o Department of Anthropology, Box 1451, Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1451. E-mail—[email protected].


Anna State Hospital, Anna, IL, social worker, 1968-70, coordinator of Aftercare Program, 1970; Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL, assistant professor, 1970-73, associate professor, 1973-77, professor of anthropology, 1977-98, professor emeritus, 1999—, chair of anthropology program, 1973-75, 1985-87, 1992-96. Indiana University, guest speaker, 1992; Laurentian University, distinguished lecturer, 1993; Colorado College, guest faculty, 1994; organizer and presenter of workshops and seminars; public speaker. Conducted extensive field research among the Navajos, beginning 1963. Wheelwright Museum, trustee, 1977-80, member of national advisory board, 1980-87; member of American Museum of Natural History and Museum of New Mexico; consultant to Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Navajo Studies Conference, member of steering committee, 1984-2000, member of board of directors, 2000—; Music Research Institute, member of national academic advisory board, 1985—. Eden Village (retirement community), member of board of directors, 1986—; also works as church organist; volunteer with Senior Fit Program and Faith in Action.


American Anthropological Association (fellow), Society for Ethnomusicology (member of council, between 1973 and 1988; member of board of directors, 1979-81, 1984-90; president, 1987-89), American Association of University Professors (chair of Faculty Welfare Committee, 1977-78; member at large of executive committee, 1981-82), American Ethnological Society, Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, Northern Arizona Society of Science and Art, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Lambda Alpha.


American Philosophical Society grant, 1971-72; Weatherhead resident scholar, School of American Research (Santa Fe, NM), 1976; grants from Wheelwright Museum, 1976, and National Endowment for the Humanities, 1983-84, 1990; awards from Navajo Studies Conference, 1995 and 1998, for contributions to the preservation and dissemination of information pertaining to Navajo culture; grants from National Science Foundation and American Association of University Women.


Kinaaldá: A Study of the Navaho Girl's Puberty Ceremony, Wesleyan University Press (Middletown, CT), 1967, reprinted with new preface, University of Utah Press (Salt Lake City, UT), 1993.

Music and Dance Research of Southwestern United States Indians: Past Trends, Present Activities, and Suggestions for Future Research, Information Coordinators (Detroit, MI), 1977.

(Editor, with David P. McAllester) Navajo Blessing-way Singer: The Autobiography of Frank Mitchell (1881-1867), University of Arizona Press (Tucson, AZ), 1978, new edition (with introduction by Frisbie), University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 2003.

(Editor and contributor) Southwestern Indian Ritual Drama, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1980, revised edition, Waveland Press (Prospect Heights, IL), 1989.

(Editor, with David M. Brugge, and contributor) Navajo Religion and Culture: Selected Views; Papers in Honor of Leland C. Wyman, Museum of New Mexico Press (Santa Fe, NM), 1982.

(Editor and contributor) Explorations in Ethnomusicology: Essays in Honor of David P. McAllester, Information Coordinators (Detroit, MI), 1986.

Navajo Medicine Bundles or Jish: Acquisition, Transmission, and Disposition in the Past and Present, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1987.

(Editor) Tall Woman: The Life Story of Rose Mitchell, a Navajo Woman, c. 1874-1977, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Issues of Feminism: A First Course in Women's Studies, edited by Sheila Ruth, Houghton Mifflin and Co. (Boston, MA), 1980; Ethnography of Musical Performance, edited by Norma McLeod and Marcia Herndon, Norwood Editions (Norwood, PA), 1980; Comparative Musicology and Anthropology of Music: Essays on the History of Ethnomusicology, edited by Bruno Nettl and Philip V. Bohlman, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1991; Washington Matthews: Studies of Navajo Culture, 1880-1894, edited by Katherine Spencer Halpern and Susan Brown McGreevy, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1997; and Diné Bíkéyah: Papers in Honor of David M. Brugge, edited by Meliha S. Duran and David T. Kirkpatrick, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, 1998. Author of album liner notes. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Visual Anthropology, American Ethnologist, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Anthropological Linguistics, Ethno-history, American Anthropologist, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly, American Antiquity, and Journal of Man. American Indian Quarterly, member of editorial advisory board, 1977—, guest editor, 1980; newsletter editor, Society for Ethnomusicology, 1972-76.


Research on women and the Society for Ethnomusicology, 1952-61; research on the history of the Quercus Grove community.


Charlotte J. Frisbie told CA: "I guess all of my writing has been academic or academically related. I've done a lot of research in Navajo studies, women's studies, and ethnomusicology, and am interested in a broad number of issues. I've written books and articles, and I've also done jacket blurbs for presses, reviews of books and records, compact discs, and films, liner notes for one album, and I've edited several collections that were published both in book and journal format.

"I love to read and always have. I always have a book to read, and my idea of a real vacation is to have the chance to put my feet up with a good book and no interruptions. I read all kinds of things, and every now and then I make a plan which results in my exploring new authors, checking up on developments in certain genres, or catching up on the latest works of somebody I like. There are a number of areas that I am determined to keep up with professionally, so that kind of reading is always ongoing. When I really want to relax, I read mysteries, preferably ones with a female sleuth and female author. I also enjoy Native American authors. My professional network shares ideas about what to read, and since I know my friends' tastes, I usually know whether or not I'd like something they have suggested. I also reread classics every now and then, always finding something new to ponder. I am not one to go see the movie instead of reading the book.

"I write because I'm interested in the topics I'm researching. I get excited and want to tell others about what I've learned. I write letters because I'm interested in talking with friends. I also frequently will be asked to write things for groups that need reports, since I enjoy writing and know how to do it. I had hoped to able to write every day once I retired, but so far it hasn't turned out that way. People have often said I should write children's stories or mysteries myself, but I have no idea where I'd get the time, at least right now."