Daniel Winfree Papuga


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Daniel Winfree Papuga I am a social anthropologist educated at the University of Oslo. Presently employed as curator at Ringve Museum in Trondheim, Norway, I also have teaching experience from the University of Oslo, Oslo University College, the Norwegian Department of Labor and various guest lecturing posts. I worked for the Oslo University Ethnographic Museum for a number of years, and served as president of the ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography between 2004 and 2007. A few years ago, I curated the exhibition Farewell - Death and bereavement in multi-cultural Norway, which continues to tour as a travelling exhibition. I have otherwise been active with various projects within pedagogy and management over the years, such as editing the quarterly journal PEDIMUS for the educational section of the Norwegian Museum Association and editing NAFA-NETWORK for the Nordic Anthropological Film Association.

I was born in California, of Ruthenian and English ancestry.

I did anthropological fieldwork in Turkey in 1988-89. Recent projects have looked at the themes of "Is music sinful?", National Minorities, Janissary music & Wind bands, Intangible Heritage (or immateriell kulturarv in Norwegian), Communication, Oral History, Intellectual Property and Social Media. I have special interest in Croatian ethnography, particularly the themes of heritage, rural planning and agrotourism in the region of Istria.

I have been involved in music throughout my life - both as a researcher, educator, musician and instrument maker. I was a member of the UK-based Fellowship of Makers & Researchers of Historical Instruments for many years, and more recently in the reference group for the Norwegian Nasjonalt nettverk for musikk og musikkinstrumenter. I used to play oriental funk at rock clubs with Said Rifay and his band, as soloist on ney, kaval, clarinet and saxophone. I also played bagpipes, bodhran and tin whistle in various Irish/English bands, such as Borderline, The Ugly Customers and Foghorn. Today, I am more often found playing uilleann pipes in various informal Irish music sessions around Europe. I taught Irish set dancing in Oslo for a number of years, and actively work towards integrating multi-sensory media (such as music, dancing and other "hands-on, minds-on" activities) in teaching in general.


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You can also see things I have written at recontextual.blogspot.com