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Tim Roufs

Fieldwork Experience

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Leech Lake Reservation |


Research of education and occupational aspirations was conducted in collaboration with a long-range study sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota.

This multi-disciplinary study investigated the impact of industrialization in villages surrounding a new industrial complex in Mexico.

Questionnaires and allied materials pertaining to the educational and occupational aspirations of the youth of the region were collected from eight locations during a six month field session in 1967. A sample of the 1967 population was retested during a five month field session in 1969. Additional research was conducted in the schools during a six week field session in the summer of 1970.


Preliminary exploratory fieldwork in Hungary was carried out in 1990 as part of a six-month Fulbright fellowship.

The 1990 work focused on introducing American-style cultural anthropology and on teaching quantitative-qualitative ethnographic field methods at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest.

The 1990 work also involved providing university and public lectures on American Indian Cultures.

Work was done in cooperation with Dr. Laszló Borsanyi, Lorand Eotvus University (ELTE), Budapest, the Soros Foundation, and other Hungarian scholars.

Brief fieldwork with Hungarians living in Transylvania (Csíksomlyó) was undertaken independently. Hungarian fieldwork continued briefly in 1992 and 1993.

Spring of 1993 Tim served as a consultant to the World Bank for the Hungarian ELTE Research Project.

Tim expects to return to Hungary in 1997. Meanwhile he's studying a Hungarian language course. The Hungarian language, of Finno-Ugric origin, is quite distinct and interesting. Have a look at the Hungarian dictionary for a quick sample.

For more information check out the Hungarian Home Page, the Home Page for The Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Academy's Guide to Budapest, or Other Internet Resources on Hungary. Also check out the Gypsy Lore Society.

Leech Lake Reservation

Tim worked with the Anishinabe peoples of the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota from 1965 to 1988. The Anishinabe are also known as "Chippewa" and "Ojibwa."

Work on the Leech Lake Reservation, located in Northern Minnesota, was centered around a longitudinal study of an Anishinabe group.

Research undertaken during the summer of 1965 was done in collaboration with the Upper Mississippi Research Project (an interdisciplinary project carried out through the facilities of the Upper Mississippi Mental Health Center, Bemidji, Minnesota) and the summer field training session of the Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota. Data collected during the summer of 1966 formed the basis of his M.A. thesis: Social Structure and Community Development: An Analysis of a Chippewa Case.

Research conducted during the summer of 1968 and periodically from 1966 to 2019 focused on the collection of biographical materials of a local medicine doctor and former reservation leader, resulting in the Teachings of Paul Buffalo trilogy:

Work in Northern Minnesota has been supported by a National Institute of General Medical Sciences fellowship (#GM 01164). In 1968 the research project received additional support from the American Indian History Project, University of South Dakota, and in 1973, materials were edited under a grant from the Graduate School, University of Minnesota. In 1981 editing of the Paul Buffalo research materials was completed with the assistance of a single quarter leave provided by the University of Minnesota, and in 1982 the research was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1995 the Paul Buffalo project was supported both by the McKnight Foundation, The Graduate School of the University of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

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