Native Village Youth and Education News
Ted Vaughn Receives Spirit of the Heard
By Native Village
Every year the Heard Museum honors an
individual who has demonstrated personal
excellence either individually or as a
community leader. This year the Heard
presented Yavapai elder Ted Vaughn with
its 2009 Spirit of the Heard
Award. Vaughn, 81, was honored for
his longtime efforts to preserve his
tribe's language and culture. He is
among the leading indigenous language
teachers in the U.S. today.
“Mr. Vaughn was chosen, in part, because he has dedicated his life to preserving the language and culture of his tribe,” said Wayne Mitchell, Mandan//Hidatsa/Arikara, chairman of the Heard’s American Indian Advisory Committee. “He is dedicated to continuing the important task of advocating for and practicing the Yavapai language and culture, and to ensuring that the next generation continues this vital work. He is truly a role model for Indian communities and an example to others that American Indian traditions enrich all of society.”
Vaughn was presented with a Pendleton blanket, a plaque and a turquoise necklace. He will also be honored in a special photo exhibit.
Ted Vaughn is the grandson of Chieftess Viola Jimulla, the first female leader of the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and her husband Chief Sam Jimulla. His sister was the late Yavapai Prescott Tribal President Patricia McGee. McGee also helped found of the Yuman Language Summits. Both ladies were inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame. Many believe this family history gave Vaughn the strength and moral courage to tackle the issues of language and cultural preservation.
The family legacy lives on in his son Charles Vaughn, Hualapai/Yavapai, who formerly served as chairman of the Hualapai Tribe.
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