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Boise, Idaho
Documenting the Northern Paiute Language
The Northern Paiute documentation project is truly a community partnership. Here, Tim Thornes works with Ruth and Rena, two community elders. Image courtesy of Tim Thornes.

Tim Thornes, an associate professor at Boise State University, has spent much of his career documenting the language and oral history of the Northern Paiute people of eastern Oregon, northern Nevada, and southern Idaho. Through the NEH’s Documenting Endangered Languages program, a partnership with the National Science Foundation, two grants have helped Thornes document the Northern Paiute language and create materials that are accessible to heritage learners and teachers alike.

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