Emily West Hartlerode headshot Associate Director, Oregon Folklife Network
Exhibitions and Public Programs
eafanado@uoregon.edu 541-346-3820

First joining OFN in 2010 as a program manager, Emily West Hartlerode has served as its associate director since 2015. She has a master's degree in folklore and a certificate in gender studies from the University of Oregon where she trained in feminist ethnographic fieldwork and documentary filmmaking. West Hartlerode has produced fiction films and documentaries, both feature-length and shorts, with documentary subjects ranging from women rock musicians to prison inmate crocheters to Native archivists. Her collaborations include a promotional video for the National Parks Service-sponsored “Honoring Tribal Legacies” guide, and the 38th Annual American Indian Youth Camp. West Hartlerode currently manages NEA-funded projects like the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, and the Technical Assistance Collaboration Grants. She is a member of the American Folklore Society and the Association of Western States Folklorists. She has used video-documentation projects to show how preservation of traditions informs current and historical political issues. An example of this is the Tribal Legacies video, which promotes a handbook for integrating Native American perspectives into Lewis and Clark K-12 curriculum. This and other video samples can be found on OFN's YouTube channel. Along with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and UO Libraries, West Hartlerode received an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award (2014) for the collaborative Warm Springs Audio Preservation project.