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My name is Thierry (tea-ERR-ee) and I am a Frenchman and a cultural and linguistic anthropologist.


I first was acquainted with the Burns Paiute community in 2012 when I volunteered at a culture camp in Logan Valley and met several elders of the community.


I have also been working with many elders of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone community, recording oral traditions in the Northern Paiute language, translating new and existing recordings, and working with the community on language maintenance efforts.


Between 2014 and 2021, I researched the history of the McDermitt community both from oral traditions and archival and published records, which resulted in my doctoral dissertation A Historical Ethnography of the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone.


Ne sekwi wawa’a taibo ‘I am just a white foreigner’ but I am dedicated to supporting the vitality of Northern Paiute language and culture.