Oregon Folklife Network

Associate Director

Emily West Hartlerode, M.A., Associate Director, Oregon Folklife Network

Email: eafanado@uoregon.edu
Phone: 541-346-3820

Emily became Associate Director of the Oregon Folklife Network in July 2015 after starting as Program Manager when it moved to the University of Oregon (UO) in 2010. West Hartlerode has an MA in Folklore and certificate in Gender Studies from UO where she trained in feminist ethnographic fieldwork, and documentary filmmaking. West Hartlerode has produced fiction films and documentaries, both feature-length and shorts. Her documentary topics range from women rock musicians to inmate crochet communities, from traditional artists to Native archivists. Her collaborations include a promotional video for the National Parks Service-sponsored “Honoring Tribal Legacies” guide, and the 38th Annual American Indian Youth Camp. West Hartlerode currently manages NEA-funded projects like the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program [link internally], and the Technical Assistance Collaboration Grants [link internally]. She is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Association of Western States Folklorists, professional organizations dedicated to public programming and preservation of traditional arts. West Hartlerode’s service to the field, includes planning committees (NASAA 2012, AWSF 2013), and chairing the University-based programs panel at AFS 2012. Locally, she sits on the Lane County Cultural Coalition and the Whiteaker Community Council. When she is not working or volunteering in the arts and culture sector, she can be found in her garden, or performing folk music on local stages.

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