Categories: Art and Heritage Partnerships
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