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Dan Keith Alford (1946 - 2002)

Dan Keith (Moonhawk) Alford
Born in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Died at age 56 in Alameda, California, United Statesmap
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Biography

Dan "Moonhawk" Alford writes about his childhood years:

    When I was a child in the 1950s, in a historical port town of Los Angeles named Wilmington, my parents Mack and Lucille, were deacon and deaconess in a small Assemblies of God church -- meaning church every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday evening, and any other night an evangelist was passing through. Mack's mother was a preacher with her own church in neighboring San Pedro, and he earned money as a dockworker, while Lucille went through a local junior college to become a licensed vocational nurse. Struggling to save up, they managed to put their two children through UCLA -- one becoming a mathematician in space programs and the other a linguist in Native America. With my training in African languages, it literally took the threat of being sent to war in southeast Asia to move my lazy butt from comfortable southern California livin' into the alternatively freezing and frying climate of Montana -- to meet my destiny, in ways I couldn't even yet imagine. [1]

Moonhawk describes his earliest awareness of his ancestors and genealogical history:

    When my brother and I asked the inevitable "what kind are we" family history questions, we were always told, "a little bit of this and a little bit of that," "a duke's mixture," "just like the steak sauce -- 57 varieties," and the like, often ending with, "You're a little bit of everything, so there's nobody you can hate" or "So just remember: in this world, there's nobody better than you, and there's nobody lesser than you. We're all just human beings." One of those geneological bits -- that my great-great-great-grandmother dropped out of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in Arkansas to have a baby as the tribe was heading north to Oklahoma -- wasn't told or just wasn't that relevant to me until I entered Native America in Montana, after teaching for a year in Bozeman, becoming a linguist and administrator for a federally funded bilingual and bicultural education program on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation for four years in the early '70s. [2]

Dan Moonhawk Alford's fourth great-grandmother, Mary was described as, "A beautiful Chickasaw Indian Maiden," the wife of Christian R. Fenter.

In 1976, linguist Danny Alford was hired to supervise Cheyenne dialogue in the movie The Quest for Columbia Pictures, He uses a tape recorder to help actors on 'The Quest' learn Cheyenne dialogue. This news article also mentions, Alford supervised the writing of the only English-Northern Cheyenne dictionary in existence and for four years taught within the tribe at Lame Deer, Montana. [3]

Dan "Moonhawk" Alford was one of the key people behind the Language of Spirit conferences and gatherings, and was prominently featured in the 2009 documentary film, The Language of Spirituality. This movie is a documentary about the intersection of spirituality, modern science and language, inspired by a series of dialogues between western physicists, Native scholars and elders, and linguists that first began with Leroy Little Bear and David Bohm in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1992. [4]

Death and Legacy

On 24 Oct 2002, Dan "Moonhawk" Alford died in California at age 56. He was honored by an obituary posted in Linguist. [5] Dan was buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA. [6]

On 28 Oct 2002, Matthew C. Bronson gave a eulogy for Dan Moonhawk Alford at Machado's Hillside Chapel in Hayward, California, a few miles from Dan's home. The eulogy referenced many highlights from Dan's life, telling some stories from "the world according to Moonhawk." [7]

A memorial page honoring Dan Moonhawk Alford was established in 2002 called Moonhawk's Community. [8]

Published Works

Dan "Moonhawk" Alford published many works which have been preserved for some time on a dedicated website [9] including:

    Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "Manifesting worldviews in language." In So what? Now what?: the anthropology of consciousness responds to a world in crisis; 26th Annual Conference. 2012. [10]

    Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "The great Whorf hypothesis hoax: Sin, suffering and redemption in academe." Unpublished book, chapter, accessed on March 22 (2002): 2011.[11]

    Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "Nurturing a faint call in the blood: a linguist encounters languages of ancient America." ReVision 25, no. 2 (2002): 23-34. [12]

    Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "Stealing the Fire: A Linguistic Overview of This Century’s Advances in Physics." AAA/SAC March 25 (1996): 1996.[13]

    Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "A report on the Fetzer Institute-sponsored dialogues between Western and indigenous scientists." In A Presentation for the Annual Spring Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. 1993.[14]

    Alford, Daniel Moonhawk Alford. "A new English language quotative." Not Just Words. The Newsletter of Transpersonal Linguistics 2, no. 6 (1982). [15]

    Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "History of an idea: 4-brainmind evolution of language model." In The LACUS forum, no. 25, pp. 299-310. 1999.[16]

Sources

  1. Alford, Dan "Moonhawk. "Nurturing a Faint Call in the Blood: a linguist encounters languages of ancient America." ReVision 25, no. 2 (2002): 23-34. Accessed online by Cynthia Larson on 1 Sep 2022 at https://glennaparicioparry.com/dan-moonhawk-alford/
  2. Alford, Dan "Moonhawk. "Nurturing a Faint Call in the Blood: a linguist encounters languages of ancient America." ReVision 25, no. 2 (2002): 23-34. Accessed online by Cynthia Larson on 1 Sep 2022 at https://glennaparicioparry.com/dan-moonhawk-alford/
  3. Anderson, Nancy. "White Man Speaking Just Like a Cheyenne." Desert Sun. Palm Springs, California. 24 Sep 1976. Page C10. Accessed online by Cynthia Larson
  4. DellaFlora, Anthony. The Language of Spirituality. Taos Communications. 23 Feb 2009. Accessed online at: https://www.amazon.com/Language-Spirituality-Dan-Alford/dp/B001TOE8KY
  5. Obituary: Dan Moonhawk Alford. Linguist. 14 Feb 2003. Accessed online by Cynthia Larson on 23 Jul 2020 at https://linguistlist.org/issues/14/14-446.html
  6. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 July 2020), memorial page for Danny Keith Alford (4 Apr 1946–24 Oct 2002), Find a Grave Memorial no. 191995040, citing Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Pamela Thompson (contributor 47195155) .
  7. Bronson, Matthew C. "And That's Only the Top! Eulogy for Dan Moonhawk Alford." Machado's Hillside Chapel, Hayward, California. 28 Oct 2002. Referenced online by Cynthia Larson on 1 Sep 2022 at https://web.archive.org/web/20120723003418/http://hilgart.org/enformy/dma-eulogy.htm
  8. Moonhawk's Community Accessed online by Cynthia Larson on 25 Jul 2020 at http://www.hilgart.org/enformy/alford_community.htm
  9. Accessed online by Cynthia Larson on 1 Sep 2022 at https://glennaparicioparry.com/dan-moonhawk-alford/
  10. Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "Manifesting worldviews in language." In So what? Now what?: the anthropology of consciousness responds to a world in crisis; 26th Annual Conference. 2012.
  11. Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "The great Whorf hypothesis hoax: Sin, suffering and redemption in academe." Unpublished book, chapter, accessed on March 22 (2002): 2011.
  12. Alford, Dan "Moonhawk. "Nurturing a Faint Call in the Blood: a linguist encounters languages of ancient America." ReVision 25, no. 2 (2002): 23-34. Accessed online by Cynthia Larson on 1 Sep 2022 at https://glennaparicioparry.com/dan-moonhawk-alford/
  13. Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "Stealing the Fire: A Linguistic Overview of This Century’s Advances in Physics." AAA/SAC March 25 (1996): 1996. Accessed online on 1 Sep 2022 by Cynthia Larson at https://glennaparicioparry.com/dan-moonhawk-alford/
  14. Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "A report on the Fetzer Institute-sponsored dialogues between Western and indigenous scientists." In A Presentation for the Annual Spring Meeting of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. 1993.
  15. Alford, Daniel Moonhawk Alford. "A new English language quotative." Not Just Words. The Newsletter of Transpersonal Linguistics 2, no. 6 (1982).
  16. Alford, Dan Moonhawk. "History of an idea: 4-brainmind evolution of language model." In The LACUS forum, no. 25, pp. 299-310. 1999.




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