Winnie received her BA and PhD in Anthropology from
the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on central African
oral literature and Visual Anthropology.
After doing fieldwork in
Peru and Egypt, she taught in New York (CUNY and the School for Visual
Arts). Moving to Rhode Island, she accepted the position of director of a
cultural program at the RI State Council for the Arts, a post which she
held until 2009, writing grants to support her activities with the
state's and the region's ethnic and occupational communities. She
worked with the Smithsonian Institute and maintains her affiliation
with a number of festivals directed by the National Council for the
Traditional Arts. Winnie also managed a number of international cultural
exchanges. She continues to document and present traditional artists
from a variety of cultural communities.
She has collaborated on - or produced/directed - a series of
documentary films in countries including Tanzania, Mexico, Armenia and the US.
She contributes regularly to a number of journals including Parabola Magazine and the Journal of American Folklore.
Her recent work/activities include:
- Participated in the ethnomusicology forum "Music of the Silk Road" and presented Iraqi classical oud player Mohammed Antesar, Bryant University,
March 3, 2012
- Nominated to the board of directors, Rhode Island Hispanic Heritage, March 2012
- Presented (and served as discussant) for the film "The Cuetos: four generations of puppeteers"(W. Lambrecht, director/co-producer, Mexico), International Conference on Puppetry and Post-dramatic Performance, April 1-3, 2011.
- A review of "The Berimbau: Soul of Brazilian Music" (Eric A. Galm), for Indiana University Press, Spring 2011
- A review of the exhibition "Keepers of Tradition" (The Museum of Our National Heritage, Dr. M. Holtzberg, curator), for the Journal of American Folklore, 2011
Academic research/ areas of interest
- Traditional arts (including traditional African architecture)
- Visual anthropology
- World music/Ethnomusicology
- “Utopian” communities