Northwest Heritage Resources

Native American Women Elders and Storytellers of Washington

This project is an important component of a larger Native American Stories of Washington project of Northwest Heritage Resources. The project will collect oral histories from five Native American women elders, most of whom are also important storytellers in their tribal communities. The women are from five different Native American tribes in Washington – Lummi, Yakama, Jamestown S'Klallam, Colville Federated Tribes, Walulapum. The project is in response to concerns of Washington state Native elder storytellers, that their oral histories and repertories of traditional stories be preserved for future generations. NWHR has partnered with Jack Straw Foundation and the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at Evergreen State College to provide the women with professional quality recordings of their life histories and stories, a public radio series, and to produce a CD if they wish.

  • Virginia Beavert
  • Lydia Charles
  • Elaine Grinnell
  • Pauline Hillaire
  • Edie Hottowe

Contact Information:

Northwest Heritage Resources
P.O. Box 551
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043


Jill Linzee
Project Managers