Phil Cash Cash

About Phil Cash Cash

Greetings!  I am a Cayuse and Nez Perce indigenous person.  I grew up on the Umatilla "rez" in northeastern Oregon and am a speaker of Nez Perce, an endangered language.
Recently, in 2005, I was a recipient of a Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) fellowship from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. This DEL fellowship enabled me to complete a year of film-based language documentation fieldwork focusing on Nez Perce and Sahaptin in five reservation communities in the southern Columbia Plateau of western North America. More recently, I received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation & American Council for Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2007-2008.

Areas of Study

Northwest US

Research Interests

Nez Perce and Sahaptin Language and Culture
Ethnographic-based Language Documentation
Ethnographic Film

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Contact Information


PhD in progress, Joint Program in Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Arizona.
MA 2000, Timnákni Tímat (Writing from the Heart): Sahaptin Discourse and Text in the Speaker Writing of Xiluxin. American Indian Studies Program, University of Arizona.