About Current Residents

Shirod Younker
Indigenous Place Keeping Artist

Citizen of the Coquille Indian Tribe and Descendant of the Miluk and Umpqua
• Partner and Owner, Kanim Associates, LLC
• Co-Director, Changing Currents: Youth Tribal Water Summit
• Artists, mixed media and sculpture, The Wakanim Collaborative, and Inspired Natives Program at Eighth Generation

• Educator, Indigenous Arts
• Consultant, Cultural and Natural Resources

Shirod Younker is a Citizen of the Coquille Indian Tribe and is of Miluk, Umpqua and Filipino descent. He grew up on the South Slough in Coos Bay, Oregon. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oregon State University. He has over 30-years of experience as an Artist and Educator, and nearly 15-years as a Business Owner.

Art Education: For the past 18-years, Shirod has managed the Journeys in Creativity: Explorations in Native American Art Program previously at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, now at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. The Journeys Program is an Indigenous Teen residency program that promotes and perpetuates indigenous arts in Native communities and is a college pathway program for Native Youth.

Natural Resource Education: Shirod is also the Co-Director of the Changing Currents: Youth Tribal Water Summit that is a residency and virtual program for Native American student leaders. Changing Currents is an initiative to foster deeper, collective dialogue about water protection & its importance to tribal communities. The Youth Tribal Water Summit is a leadership development and education program designed for students ages 15-19 years of age in high school or early-college.

Artist: Shirod is a sculptor, carver and arts instructor. He works to facilitate the perpetuation of indigenous aesthetic sensibilities in a contemporary context. His art practice hopes to recognize, foster and study those values from which art they were inspired by. Further, much of Shirod’s art is done in the spirit of collaboration. His pieces can be seen or viewed at various locations such as the Nasomah Memorial in Bandon, Oregon; The Mill Hotel and Casino; The City of Portland Building, Oregon Historical Society Museum, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center and in a cultural arts collection in New Zealand. Shirod is also an artist with the Inspired Natives Program at Eighth Generation Wool Blankets.

Shirod resides in Portland and Warm Springs, Oregon with his wife and two dogs.

Salmon Smolt
Crows Mist