Laura W. R. Appell
Sabah Oral Literature Project
P. O. Box A
Phillips, Maine 04966
Birth: February 20, 1932; Boston, Massachusetts
McGill University (Geology and Geography) B.Sc. 1955
Assistant Director, Sabah Oral Literature Project, 1986-present
Research Associate, Social Transformation and Adaptation Research
Secretary and Administrative Assistant to the Director, Peabody
Museum, Harvard University 1955-58.
Field Research Among the Dogrib Indians, Summer, 1957; Summer,
Field Research on the Language, Kinship and Religion of the Rungus
Dusun, Sabah, Malaysia, 1959-1960; 1961-1963
Field Research on the Kinship and Religion of the Bulusu' Dayak
and Punan of Kalimantan Timur (Indonesian Borneo), 1980-1981
Field Research on the Language, Kinship, and Religion of the Rungus
Dusun, Sabah, Malaysia, 1986 (Summer)
Research on Rungus Oral Literature and Language, 1987
Field Research on the Religion and Languages of the Rungus, 1990
Research on Rungus Oral Literature and Language, 1992; Summer 1994;
Summer 1994; Summer 1996; Spring 1999; Summer 2000; Fall 2003-Winter
Fellow, Borneo Research Council
Member, American Anthropological Association
Appell, G. N., and Laura W. R. Appell
1961 A Provisional Field Dictionary of the Rungus Dusun Language
of North Borneo. Duplicated. (Microfilm may be obtained from the
Educational Resources Information Center, Clearinghouse for Linguistics.)
1993 To Do Battle with the Spirits: Bulusu' Spirit Mediums.
In The Seen and the Unseen: Shamanism, Mediumship and Possession
in Borneo, Robert Winzeler, editor. Borneo Research Council Monograph
Series Volume 2. Williamsburg: Borneo Research Council.
2004 Death among the Rungus Momogun of Sanah, Malaysia: The Dissolution
of Personhood and Dispersion of the Multiple Souls and Spiritual
Counterparts. In Journeys of the Soul: Anthropolgoical Studies
of Death, Burial and Reburial Practices in Borneo, William D.
Wilder, editor. Borneo Research Council monograph Series Volume
7. Phillips: Borneo Research Council.
Appell, Laura W. R.
1958 With Paddle and Notebook in the Northwest Territories.
1988 Menstruation Among the Rungus: An Unmarked Category. In
Blood Magic: New Perspectives in the Anthropology of Menstruation,
Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottleib, editors. Berkeley: University
of California Press.
1991 Sex Role Symmetry Among the Rungus of Sabah. In Female and
Male in Borneo: Contributions and Challenges to Gender Studies,
Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr., editor. Borneo Research Council Monograph
Series Volume One. Williamsburg: Borneo Research Council.
1998 Memorials: Florence May Langdon Ewins. Borneo Research
1998 Memorials: Geoffrey Riddle Hedley. Borneo Research Bulletin
1998 Memorials: Datuk Kitingan Sabanau. Borneo Research Bulletin
Appell, Laura W. R. and G. N. Appell
1993 To Converse with the Gods: Rungus Spirit Mediums. In The
Seen and the Unseen: Shamanism, Mediumship and Possession in Borneo,
Robert Winzeler, editor. Borneo Research Council Monograph Series
Volume 2. Williamsburg: Borneo Research Council.
Work in Progress
Appell, G. N. and Laura W. R. Appell
ms.a Cultural Dictionary of the Rungus Language. In preparation.
ms.b Religious Literature of the Rungus Dusun of Sabah, Malaysia.