Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Please Come and Celebrate the Work, Life, and Laughter of Deanna Marie Paniataaq Kingston
Monday  February 6th   1-3pm in the MU ballroom 
The Native American Longhouse (NAL) at OSU invites you to a celebration of Deanna Kingston’s life. This will be a joyous event and the NAL encourages everyone who attends to participate by singing, drumming, dancing, or sharing memories. Light refreshments will be served. 
Do you know of someone who would like to do a blessing or perform for Deanna? If so, please encourage them to participate, and let Cat Osborne-Gowey know ( so the NAL can make sure their needs are accommodated. 
We hope you can join us. This is a celebration open to anyone wanting to honor Deanna’s life, so please let others know they are welcome to join us.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Message from Deanna's Family

As some of you may already know, we lost Deanna Kingston last Friday to breast cancer.  She was an extraordinary women full of love, compassion for others and a brilliant mind.  Her friends and family wish to pass along a few words about her life. Please feel free to share this others. Her memory lives on in all of us.

Deanna Marie Paniataaq Kingston
July 21, 1964-Dec. 2, 2011

OSU Professor of anthropology, Dr. Deanna Kingston, 47, of Corvallis followed her ancestors on December 2, 2011.  Deanna, descendent of the King Island Native Community, was born, raised, and resided in Oregon.  She is survived by her supportive and loving family, son Edward Tattayuna Kingston, parents Olga Muktoyuk Kingston and Dalena SpiritSong Kingston, Sister Rena Seunninga, brother-in-law Henk Seunninga; niece Kenna and nephew Connor Ryan Seunninga, brothers Kevin and A. Scott Kingston and numerous family in Nome, Anchorage, Fairbanks and the greater Alaska region.

Deanna often commented that she felt she was born an anthropologist.  Her love for peoples, cultures, stories and legends carried her to many parts of the world but always brought her home. Dr. Kingston received her BS in Science Communications from the University of Portland in 1986, an MAIS in Cultural Anthropology from Oregon State University in 1993 and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1999.  In 2000, Dr. Kingston began her journey as a professor of anthropology at Oregon State University. An unfailing supporter of students of color, she worked tirelessly with Native students, advising and co-advising many native graduate students over her 10 plus years at Oregon State University.  Working as an advisor for the Native American Longhouse, she supported Native students and faculty alike at OSU, and served as one of the finest role models of a colleague, friend, mentor, and scholar.

Deanna had many great accomplishments through her work, her son and family, and her open candor during her long battle with cancer.  She served on the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs Advisory Committee and also on the SEARCH (Study for Environmental Arctic Change) Responding to Climate Change Panel. Dr. Kingston participated in numerous workshops and conferences including “Designing an Arctic Observing Network” in Copenhagen, Denmark, an international conference on indigenous knowledge at Pennsylvania State University and a workshop at the International Arctic Social Science Association meeting, sponsored in part by the Alaska Native Science Commission, on collaborating with Arctic communities. She was cognizant of efforts both in the circumpolar Arctic and in the Pacific Northwest to consult, respect, and collaborate with Native American/indigenous communities, particularly when it comes to their knowledge of the environment.  Deanna’s inspirational thoughts and ideas will be kept alive in the numerous articles and publications she wrote and in the legacy of the students she advised.  Her unerring commitment to the betterment of others and her community were demonstrated in her participation in a myriad of organizations such as the International Arctic Social Science Association, Alaska Anthropology Association, the Arctic Institute of North America and the Planning Committee for the International Conference on Indigenous Placenames, Guovdageiadnu, Norway, September 2010.

In 2003 she received a National Science Foundation grant to document and compare scientific knowledge with traditional ecological knowledge of King Island, Alaska.  Thanks to her work through this grant, many King Island peoples were able to return to King Island and share their knowledge and wisdom with the younger King Islanders.  This work culminated in one of her proudest accomplishments, the King Island Placenames Project interactive website that documents the cultural geography, biogeography and traditional ecological knowledge of King Island (

Devoted to furthering numerous causes and helping others along their paths, Deanna kept a long-running, open, intimate diary of her journey with cancer ( that was a source of inspiration and healing for her, her friends and families, and countless others living with or affected by the disease. Despite the often heavy topics of her blog posts, Deanna strove to find the humor and insight in every situation and communicate both to others. Her courageous and kind spirit will forever be missed and remembered.

About her next voyage, Deanna wrote on her blog, "don't be sad, be happy for my passing ‘cause I'm going on a wonderful journey. I'm not sure where, but if you miss me, just think about me and I'll be there- wrapping you with my spirit, keeping you comfortable, wishing you well."

A public remembrance, honoring and celebration of Deanna’s life is being planned at Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Deanna Kingston Memorial at the OSU Federal Credit Union, PO Box 306 Corvallis, OR 97339-0306

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Memorial Fund

A few notes from Deanna Kingston's family.

Kim Nelson has set up a memorial fund to help the family with impending costs. Donations can be made to Deanna Kingston Memorial Account, OSU Federal Credit Union, PO Box 306, Corvallis, OR 97339-0306.

The family is working on setting up a "Memorial Service" for Deanna at the OSU Native American Longhouse sometime in January. Please check back later for more information.

Deanna's family will also be hosting "A Celebration of Life" for Deanna next summer. This event will most likely be held at the coast where the family intends to go out on a boat and spread Deanna's ashes in the ocean. Deanna chose to be cremated with some of her ashes spread along the Oregon coast and some sent to Nome to be spread at King Island by King Islanders.

Friday, December 2, 2011

In Loving Memory

Deanna Kingston passed away this morning, December 2, 2011 at 7:30. We send her on her journey in light and love. She will be missed by many. 

Rebecka Daye

Friday, November 25, 2011

Still Alive

Hello. I'm still alive, though I'm really weak. I can't get up on my own. It's so bad that I have to wear diapers because I can't even get to the bedside commode. My family was here for Thanksgiving, but I slept too much. I'm going to sign off because my voice is weak. I love you all.

(note: My apologies but this is all of Deanna's message that I was able to decipher. There was a little more, not much, but her voice is very faint.)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This Might Be My Last Post

Hello. I'm not sure if this is going to be my last posting or not. If I feel well enough later in the week, I'll post again. In the meantime I'm feeling much weaker today. I can barely make it to my bathroom without trembling. My legs are very, very weak. 

I don't know how much I have left in me, maybe another week. But don't be sad, be happy for my passing cause I'm going on a wonderful journey. I'm not sure where, but if you miss me just think about me and I'll be there- wrapping you with my spirit, keeping you comfortable, wishing you well.

You've all been great people to me, especially lately with all the gifts- gifts of money and time, meals for me and my family, and flowers. I really appreciate all the Jamba Juice certificates.  

I hope you all are doing well.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Please Understand

Just a quick note. I didn't mean to be so harsh in my last blog. When I went back to read it it sounded harsher than I intended. But I would appreciate no more visitors because I'm just getting so tired. I hope you all understand. Talk to you later.