Esther Stutzman

Describe traditional skill/craft/art, when & why it is done, and your history with it:

Traditional storytelling in the tradition of the Kalapuya/Coos.  I have been telling stories all my life.  I work with Indian youth to encourage the art of storytelling.

How and from whom was the tradition learned:

Elders and family members.

How, when, why did you come to Oregon:

Any other biographical information (awards, honors, presentations, etc.):

Founding member Northwest Indian Storyteller’s Association

Longtime Oregon Folklife Program participant

Primary Storyteller for Mother Earth’s Children, an American Indian repertory theater

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