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Verne Frederick Ray, (1905 – September 28, 2003) was anthropology professor at the University of Washington, with a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from Washington and a Ph.D. (in 1937) from Yale. Ray was one of the first anthropologists at UW,[1] was head of the Department of Anthropology and associate dean of the Graduate School.

He is known best for assisting Northwest tribes with tribal land-claim settlements and is viewed as pioneer in the field of ethnohistory.[2] The Cowlitz tribe, which he helped gain federal recognition, made him an honorary member in 2000.[3][4] Some of his papers are held at Gonzaga University.[5]

He was married to fellow anthropologist and author Dorothy Jean Ray.[6]

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He is the author or editor of 52 books dealing with the anthropology of the American Indians of the Northwest.[7] In particular, his work with the Interior Salish Tribes of Washington following the passage of the Indian Claims Commission Act in 1946[1] led to the publication of a number of important articles on the tribes,[3] including the following:

  • Ray, Verne F. "The Columbia Confederacy: A League of Central Plateau Tribes." In Stanley Diamond, editor, Culture in History: Essays in Honor of Paul Radin. Columbia University Press: New York, 1960, pp. 771–789.
  • Ray, Verne F. "Cultural Relations in the Plateau of Northwestern America." Publications of the Frederick Webb Hodge Anniversary Publication Fund, Vol. III. Los Angeles, 1939.
  • Ray, Verne F. "Ethnohistorical Notes on the Columbia, Chelan, Entiat, and Wenatchee Tribes," Interior Salish and Eastern Washington Indians IV. Garland Publishing Inc.: New York, 1974.
  • Ray, Verne F. "Native Village and Groupings of the Columbia Basin," Pacific Northwest Quarterly. Vol. 27 No. 2, April, 1936.
  • Ray, Verne F., The Sanpoil and Nespelem: Salishan Peoples of Northeastern Washington (New Haven, Human Relations Area Files, 1954) [Originally published as Vol. V, University of Washington Publications in Anthropology, 1933].


  1. ^ a b Ratna, Lydia (March 2004). "Verne F. Ray 1905-2003". Columns. University of Washington. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  2. ^ "Anthropologist Aided Land-claim Cases". The Globe and Mail. 2004-11-04. Retrieved 2008-07-17.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b John Iwasaki (2003-10-22). "UW Anthropologist Helped Tribes Win Land-Claim Suits". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  4. ^ "OBITUARIES - Verne F. Ray (1905-2003)" by William R Seaburg American anthropologist. 107, no. 1, (2005): 180
  5. ^ Plowman, Stephanie. "LibGuides: Manuscript Collections: Ray". Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  6. ^ "Dorothy Jean Tostlebe Ray". Waterloo Courier. December 16, 2007. p. B5 – via University of Northern Iowa.
  7. ^ Worldcat
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