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Ellen Coon

Ellen Coon has been collecting oral histories in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal for over thirty years.  A former Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Master’s degree in Oral History from Columbia University, where her thesis was awarded runner-up for the 2017 Joseph R. Brodsky Oral History Award. She has published articles in the Himalayan Research Bulletin and Hinduism Today, and is currently working on a book about five Newar women, whose narratives of deity possession, encounters with supernaturals, and healing hurt land convey a unique ethic of place, based on mutual love and tending.