Tamera Calhoun-Coffee – Board Member
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.
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.
Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) – Board Secretary
Since WSCAT has been an integral part of the development of Tananáwit, they currently serve as a board liaison and secretary. In this position, the WSCAT executive director can ask any WSCAT staff to serve in the position. Currently, the position is being filled by Leah Guliasi.