Alexander Grothendieck

Martha Champion (seems WPA recording work):
Peyote Songs
Ceremonial songs of Tonawanda Seneca longhouse
Iroquois Women, Then and Now


Martha Champion Randle was an anthropologist, classical scholar, and musicologist. She was born in 1910 in Las Angles and died in Ontario on July 3, 1965.

She received an Honors degree in Greek at the University of Wisconsin. Randle studied anthropology and linguistics from 1933 to 1935 at Columbia under Boas and Benedict; she was one of the first to study peyote music. Randle lived in France from 1935 until 1940, and her work on Fox peyote songs was published in transition. She was also “amanuensis” to James Joyce at this time.

Randle returned to the United States and received her Ph. D. from Columbia in 1946 and began her study of Iroquois women, which lasted for the next twelve years. She did her fieldwork in Ontario and taught anthropology at the University of Southern California and Las Angeles State College. In 1958 she completed her thesis on Juvenal and received an M.A. from Southern California. From then on Randle taught Latin in secondary schools in both Canada and America, while still pursuing interests in folklore, linguistics, ethnomusicology and Indian welfare.

Richard Slobodin had this to say about her “Martha Randle will be remembered by her friends for the remarkably wide range of her learning and interests – she was among other things an accomplished violinist and a former championship tennis player-- for her generosity to younger scholars in her fields of interest, and for her courage in the face of disheartening circumstance.”

Randle’s publications (dating from 1935-1953) include works on peyote songs and Shoshoni hand gaming songs, acculturation among the Mohawk, Iroquios women and folktales, and educational problems among the Canada’s Indians.

poem in objectivist number of POETRY; probably knew Zukofsky from Columbia. Could have known Neidecker from WPA work in Wisconsin?


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