Program Manager

Emily West (Afanador), MA, Program Manager, Oregon Folklife Network                                                                                                            Phone :541-346-3820

Emily has been Program Manager of the Oregon Folklife Network since its move to the University of Oregon in October 2010. She is an ethnographic filmmaker, musician, mythologist, and former social worker, with a unique capacity for group facilitation and pubic communications.  As OFN’s Program Manager, Emily writes and implements grants, builds partnerships with diverse communities, and interprets the field of public folklore to new professionals.


Public Folklore Background:

Since entering the field in 2010, Afanador’s experience has been heavily bent toward arts administration, outreach, grant writing and strategic planning.  She has used video-documentation projects to show how preservation of traditions informs current and historical political issues.  An example of this is the Tribal Legacies video, which promotes a handbook for integrating Native American perspectives into Lewis and Clark K-12 curriculum. This and other video samples can be found on our OFN YouTube channel.  Her collaboration with Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and UO Libraries received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award (2014) for their Warm Springs Audio Preservation project.  She has reviewed grants for the Lane Arts Council, Washington Folk Arts Program, and National Endowment for the Arts.


Research Interests:

Gender and popular music

West African dance and drumming traditions

Archetypal Psychology

Storytelling and healing


Current OFN Projects:

Warm Springs Analog Tape Preservation

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Telling Our Stories

Grand Ronde Language-Basketry Integration Project



M.A., Folklore, University of Oregon, (Certificate in Women and Gender Studies)

M.A., Mythology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

B.A., Psychology, University of Washington, magna cum laude

Certificate, Family Support Specialist, Edmonds Community College


Professional Affiliations:

American Folklore Society

Lane County Cultural Coalition 2013-current

Association of Western States Folklorists

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