Diamond (Cavanagh), Beverley (Anne )
- Kendra Preston Leonard
(b Kitchener, ON, June 4, 1948). Canadian ethnomusicologist and historiographer. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 1979 with a dissertation titled Music of the Netsilik Eskimo: a Study of Stability and Change under Mieczyslaw Kolinski. She has been the Canada Research Chair in Traditional Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 2002. She taught previously at McGill, Queen’s, and York universities, and was a visiting professor at the University of Toronto and Harvard University. In 2008 she was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, one of the highest academic honors available to Canadian citizens. Diamond’s work has focused on the role of music in creating and structuring cultural identity, including studies of the music created and used by women in indigenous cultures, the symbolic roles of musical instruments, hymns and sacred songs of First Nations cultures, and gender issues in native music. She began her career in the 1970s with a series of studies of Inuit music, including field work in Gjoa Haven, Spence Bay, and Pelly Bay, all communities in the Northwest Territories. During the early 1980s, she expanded her research to include the music and culture of the Algonkian, Western Abenaki, Ojibwa, and Cree nations, interviewing and recording the music of elders in these and related nations. Her most recent work involves the musical cultures and transmission practices of the Sami of Finland and Norway. Diamond is also known for her work in preserving indigenous instruments and orally transmitted musics. She was a founder and leader, along with M. Sam Cronk and Franziska von Rosen, of the Sound-Producing Instruments in Native Communities (SPINC) Research Project, which documented, through field work and interviews with tribal elders and traditional musicians, the creation and use of First Nations’ musical instruments and instrumental practices. In addition to her work with SPINC, Diamond was the director of the Canadian Musical Pathways Project, which documented festivals and musical performance in six different Canadian cultures. The recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for a project on tracking the dissemination of indigenous North American and Sami musics, Diamond currently directs the Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMAP), which consists of recording and restoration studios and houses sound archives of traditional music. Diamond has served as the Canadian music editorial adviser for the ...