Bio
 

Chenoa Egawa is a member of the Lummi and S’Kallam Nations of Washington State and a multifaceted performance artist. As a vocalist, she has released four CD's— Spirit of Salishan (Swan Clan Productions, 2007), Heartbeat of Life (Swan Clan Productions, 2006), Road of Life (Swan Clan Productions, 2002) and Sacred Fire (Sound of America Records, 1997). Her experience as an actor includes performing in lead roles in Ghosts of Celilo at Portland, Oregon’s Newmark Theatre in September and October of 2007; in Sacagawea, staged as part of the New Visions, New Voices series at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center in May 2002, and in a guest appearance on television’s Northern Exposure.

She is also host of the Native news television program, Northwest Indian News, and hosted the one -hour documentary, Inside Passage, for PBS shown nationwide. She has performed as guest singer and storyteller at a numerous events.

Egawa has long been active in international work for Indigenous peoples. In 1991, she worked as an intern at the United Nations Center for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, serving as a member of the Secretariat during the 10th Session of the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples. In 1996, she was part of an international Native delegation that traveled to Chile to support Mapuche and Pehuenche Indian communities there in efforts to halt construction of dams on their homelands. In 1997, she received a two-year fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs to study, write and publish on issues concerning Indigenous peoples of Mexico and Guatemala.

For the past seven years, Egawa has worked with the University of Washington in Seattle to develop curriculum and workshops that celebrate Native American culture, values and spirituality and foster self-empowerment among Native youth.