William Seaburg

William R. Seaburg is Professor of Anthropology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington Bothell. His research interests include ethnohistory, the history of anthropological fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Northwest Native American oral traditions. He is co-author (with Lionel Youst) of Coquelle Thompson, Athabaskan Witness: A Cultural Biography (University of Oklahoma press, 2002), editor and annotator of The Nehalem Tillamook: An Ethnography, by Elizabeth D. Jacobs (Oregon State University Press, 2003), and editor and annotator of Pitch Woman and Other Stories: The Oral Traditions of Coquelle Thompson, Upper Coquille Athabaskan Indian (University of Nebraska Press, 2007).

Author's Entries

  • Elizabeth Jacobs (1903-1983)

    Elizabeth D. Jacobs’s fieldwork with the Nehalem Tillamook and southwestern Oregon Athabaskans made significant contributions to the linguistic, ethnographic, and folkloristic documentation of the Native peoples of western Oregon. She was born Elizabeth Louise Derr in Heron, Montana, in 1903 but grew to adulthood near Clark Fork, Idaho. She graduated …

    Oregon Encyclopedia

  • Melville Jacobs (1902-1971)

    Melville Jacobs did more to document the languages, cultures, oral traditions, and music of Oregon's Native peoples than any other scholar. He trained in language structure and phonetics under Franz Boas at Columbia University and quickly developed an excellent ear for the difficult sounds and sound sequences of Northwest Indian …

    Oregon Encyclopedia