Introducing Auntie Amanda

Hi everyone…it’s been awhile since I’ve done a video telling you more about myself.

So for starters, I’m from the Zuni Pueblo in NM, which is a matrilineal tribe, meaning the family is traced back through the woman’s side and basically, she’s the boss. I have three brothers; I’m the only girl, third in the lineup. My mom is full Zuni, she’s this tiny little 5’4” Zuni woman, and my dad is a blond, blue-eyed half German/ half Bohemian whose about 6’4”. So I do literally come from two different worlds.

I just turned 36 this summer and had my first baby about a year ago.

I grew up in NM and went to UNM for three years, until I was about 22, then moved to Oregon and finished my Bachelors and Masters degrees through Oregon State University.

After grad school, my husband and I moved to Thailand for three years, where I taught Grade 1 at an International School in Chiang Mai. We then moved back to Oregon, so my husband could finish his graduate degree in School Psychology. This is when I first started to work for the Northwest Portland Indian Health Board, where WRN comes from.

After about four years of working at the Board, my husband and I decided to move with our baby to Ethiopia, which is where we are living now. I continue my work with the Board from home and my husband works at an International School here in Addis Ababa. This is our second year here.

I am passionate about working to uplift our tribal youth, and want to always work collaboratively with those who can help. I am crazy about traveling and learning about different cultures. I have learned so many valuable lessons from taking my own path and doing things that I am afraid of. I want to encourage you to take healthy risks to live the life you were meant to live. #REPRESENT!

I thank you all for writing in and will do my best working with the WRN team to help uplift you in the best ways we can. So be sure to check out all of the Ask Auntie questions and submit your own at!


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