2012-2013 TAAP AWARDEE
Traditional skill/art/craft: Storytelling
Ethnic Background: Kalapuya, Coos
Apprentice: Salista Williams
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.
Elders and family members.
Birthplace: North Bend, OR
I am American Indian, Kalapuya and Coos, from tribal groups in Western Oregon and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. The focus of my study throughout my life has been Indian history and culture and especially storytelling.
I am a former classroom teacher, curriculum developer and program administrator for several Indian programs and projects. Currently, I work as a cultural consultant, artist-in-residence and lecturer for museums, libraries and universities.
My work with Indian Education Programs over the past thirty-nine years has led me to a deep belief in the cultural enhancement of American Indian Youth. It is because of this that I am also deeply involved in traditional youth camps, leadership programs and projects that offer Indian youth a positive self-image and the tools to become leaders and carriers of culture.