Chenoa Egawa is Coast Salish of the Lummi and S’Kallam Nations of Washington State. She is a ceremonial leader, singer, speaker, environmental activist and artist dedicated to bringing healing to our Mother Earth, and to people of all cultures, backgrounds and origins through recognition of our shared experiences as human beings.

Chenoa has long been active in local, and international work for Indigenous peoples, children and the environment. For over 20 years, she has worked in Washington State schools, creating programs that integrate Native American culture and history, often teaching through songs and storytelling, empowering Native youth and bringing greater appreciation for cultural diversity to all children in the public school system. Over the past 25 years, she has traveled throughout North, Central and South America facilitating communication among indigenous peoples with the intent of protecting and preserving cultural heritage, languages and homelands.

As a vocalist, Chenoa has released five CD’s – Sacred Fire (Sound of America Records), Road of Life (Swan Clan), Heartbeat of Life (Swan Clan), Songs of Strength and Beauty (Cool Runnings), and Spirit of Salishan (Swan Clan). In 2013, Chenoa and her brother, Keith Egawa, released their first children’s book, Tani’s Search for the Heart.

Artist Support Program 2010: compose and record new, all original Native American Church songs with Alex Turtle.

Artist Support Program 2005: Heartbeat of Life, a collection of Native American prayer songs together with Alex Turtle

Sound Clips
  • Chenoa Egawa - Enduring Rhythms: Seven Songs from the Skagit Valley
  • Chenoa and Alex Turtle - Lummi Morning Song
Recent Posts
Announcing Summit Sound, a public audio gallery at the Seattle Convention Center

December 19, 2023

Jack Straw is thrilled to announce Summit Sound, an audio gallery at the new Seattle Convention Center Summit Building on Pine St. Summit Sound was envisioned by the SCC Art Program as “an outdoor space where residents and visitors can immerse themselves in one of our region’s revered creative disciplines–sound.” As the new home to […]

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Wooden bench and platform adjacent to a glass and metal building in the background. Speakers mounted on black columns over the bench.

Categories: Art and Heritage Partnerships, Artist Support Program, Writers Program, Youth Education Programs

Announcing Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series

June 4, 2021

The Henry Art Gallery and Jack Straw Cultural Center have partnered to commission a three-part series of audio artworks, to be released free and online throughout the summer of 2021. The participating artists in Sonolocations were invited to consider the theme of place, and its unique resonance throughout the pandemic, to offer directed sonic experiences […]

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Sonolocations logo: abstracted mountain with the words Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series, Henry Art Gallery and Jack Straw Cultural Center

Categories: Art and Heritage Partnerships

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