David Shorter

David Shorter



Dr. David Delgado Shorter joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance in 2008. In 2013, Shorter received the UCLA Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the director of Wiki for Indigenous Languages, a project that offers a digital alternative for indigenous language revitalization by offering a language translator, wiktionary, games, and social media site to indigenous communities. Shorter is also the director of the Archive of Healing.

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Cultural studies, epistemology, ethnography, history of science, ontology, paranormal studies, and colonialisms.

Creative Practice & Research

  • Recent courses include: Aliens, Psychics, and Ghosts; Healing: Ritual and Transformation; The Art of Becoming Human: Martin Buber Critical Ethnographies; Introduction to Field Based Research Methods Colonialisms and Resistance; Culture, and Ontology; Graduate Writing Genres Critical Ethnographies; and Research Methodologies Ethnography of/as Colonialism.
  • Publications include: Spirituality (2016), Sexualities (2015), and We Will Dance Our Truth: Yaqui History in Yoeme Performances (2009)
  • Shorter’s research website, Vachiam Eecha/Planting the Seeds, was the first ethnographic website built in collaboration with Yoeme people from various pueblos. Originally designed and published in 2003, this site was edited and updated into a second edition in 2012.
  • In 2014, Shorter released his documentary, Lutu Chuktiwa: Cutting the Cord that portrays the Lutu Chuktiwa (Cutting the Cord) ceremony of the Yoeme (Yaqui) Indians. The film was presented at several international film festivals.
  • In 2013, Shorter received the UCLA Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Between 2011 and 2015, he received three grants enabling him to make a documentary film, apprentice with a Yoeme healer, and start the Archive of Healing.

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