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Our Story

Learn a little more about us.

Tananáwit, a Community of Warm Springs Artists, is a community-based organization whose mission is to facilitate economic opportunity for Warm Springs Indian Reservation artists, provide educational opportunities for aspiring Native artists, and to increase knowledge and understanding of the tribal arts and crafts of the Columbia River Plateau.  Tananáwit, with the assistance of the Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) and ONABEN, is applied for 501(c)3 status in early 2018.

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, home to the majority of the 5,200 members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), consists of timbered and high desert landscapes on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains, covering 1,019 square miles in Oregon’s Wasco and Jefferson counties.  The CTWS is comprised of three tribes: Warm Springs, Wasco, and Northern Paiute.  There are approximately 6,000 people living on the reservation.  An estimated 250 to 300 of these people are artists, who make various types of traditional and nontraditional art representing themselves and their cultures.

5200

CTWS Members

1019

Sq Miles

2013

Year Founded

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Artists Involved

Tananáwit began meeting in December 2013, when a dozen Warm Springs tribal members held an informal meeting about starting a cooperative. From this meeting, a five-person steering committee was formed and the decision was made to form an artisans’ cooperative. This core group wanted to find opportunities for community members to sell their work and share their traditional arts and crafts with others.  By 2016, the group began to have regular meetings and workshops, which were attended by up to 25 community members. The organization maintains a Facebook page with over 150 members, and is growing each month. There is also a public page with information on community events.  In April 2017, the group selected its name, “Tananáwit: A Community of Warm Springs Artists”, and its members agreed to pursue nonprofit status.

The group currently consists of 15-20 tribal members who regularly participate in its events and workshops.  Each person has her or his own unique style of art, and her or his own unique story to tell.  The artists produce beadwork, huckleberry baskets, ceramics, cedar root baskets, pine needle baskets, quilts, traditional ribbon shirts and wing dresses, traditional jingle dresses, paintings, deer hide bags and moccasins, buckskin dresses, and many other types of art.

Our Board

Gerald J “Walishkii” Danzuka Jr. – Board President

Mr. Danzuka was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Growing up with the cattle herd, he then received an Associate of Arts in 1981 in Liberal Arts. Since then, he has focused his education on Business/Accounting. Gerald became a Tribal Court Lay Advocate and subsequently Tribal Court Lay Trial Court Judge and eventually as Tribal Court Appellate Court Judge. More recently, Gerald has filled positions including Small Business Development Counselor to assist aspiring and existing businesses either start or expand their businesses.
In addition to serving on the Tananawit Board, he is a Life Member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Warm (VFW) and past President and Charter member of the Warm Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (WSACC).
Gerald enjoys working with people of all ages and is especially delighted when a person has an eye-opening experience about their own skills and capabilities surrounding seemingly insurmountable challenges in their life. He also shares his knowledge and is lifelong learner of tribal languages.

 

Shayleen Macy EagleSpeaker – Board Vice-President

Shayleen Macy EagleSpeaker is a Wasco member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Shayleen is interested in community development, tribal languages, education and culture. Shhe has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking, 2014 from the University of Oregon and is currently a graduate student at the University of Oregon studying linguistics, language teaching, and nonprofit management. Her artwork includes printmaking, painting and drawing, and traditional Native American artwork of the Wasco-Wishram and Columbia River Plateau cultures. In addition to serving on the Tananawit board, she is a member of the Warm Springs Community Action Team board.

 

Tamera Moody – Board Treasurer

Tamera Moody is a Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She was raised on the northern part of the reservation and, like many of the children of the small family-based community, she spent her time and grew to love the outdoors. As a child she began learning the basics from her family: to draw, bead, gather traditional foods, and most important, take care of the land. Today she incorporates her family’s teachings into her artwork. In 2015, she received Honorable Mention for her beaded belt buckle featured at The Museum at Warm Springs. She primarily creates beadwork, jewelry, woven baskets, and traditional and contemporary regalia. Tamera’s work also includes drawings in pencil, ink, mixed media, and acrylic paintings. Tamera in a staff member at The Museum at Warm Springs and currently serves as Treasurer for Tananawit.

 

Tamera Calhoun-Coffee – Board Secretary

Tamera is a Warm Springs Tribal Member; she is also half Eastern Band Cherokee. She is an artist in beadwork and sewing.  Tamera joined the board because she wanted to be part of something positive in the community, but also because she wanted to support the traditional way of life while giving a voice to those that don’t like to be on the logistical side of things. This was inspired by her mother, an elder artist, who wanted opportunities to sell her work and supplement her income without the extra strain of coordinating her own events.

 

Aurolyn Stwyer – Board Member

Aurolyn is a tribal member of Celilo-Warm Springs/Wasco. Aurolyn is an artist and creates art forms including beadwork, animal-derived textiles, visual arts, jewelry, and dance. She received the 2018 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Mentor Artists Fellow award for her beadwork artistry.
Aurolyn Stwyer received the 2018 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Mentor Artist Fellow award in recognition for her beadwork artistry. Her native citizenship is Celilo-Warm Springs/Wasco. Additional art forms include animal-derived textiles, visual arts, jewelry, and dance. Ms. Stwyer is the owner of Red Skye Trading Post and has served as a board member of many business and arts focused non-profits in the region.

 

Marjorie ‘Marge’ Kalama – Board Member

Marge was born in Prineville, graduated from Sandy High School, and attended Vocation Business in British Columbia before returning to Warm Springs to work at the KWSO radio station. She was introduced to beadwork by her mom, who would pull out heirlooms; this spawned her beading skills. She has been practicing beadwork since high school and began making regalia in the 1990’s.
She has been involved in the development of Tananawit since December 2013, when Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) began a training called “Made at the Kitchen Table” to help small business owners learn about marketing. She then became involved in the IDA program and, with the help of WSCAT, learned about developing a business plan.
For Marge, joining the Tananawit board is a step towards a greater vision experienced during the Celilo Falls trading tradition. She felt the resurgence for the families who depend on the income generated by their talent to “get-by” or supplement income. Time has tested the talents of the people, but support and continued development in all marketing areas will be realized as Tananawit grows.

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