Tribute to Agnes Baker Pilgrim

In November of 2019, the world lost a great light. Agnes Baker Pilgrim – one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and the oldest surviving elder of the Takelma people in Southern Oregon – passed from this life at age 95. She is part of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz.

Having worked with storyteller Thomas Doty and Author / curriculum developer Tish McFadden, Agnes Baker Pilgrim – fondly known as Grandma Aggie – I learned what a great positive influence she has been. Whether on the world stage, Sacred Salmon Ceremony, or her family, Grandma Aggie was a major, loving force for good in the world.

I feel motivated to produce a tribute to Grandma Aggie for Rogue Valley Voices. Production will take place with Thomas Doty and Tish McFadden on February 22, 2020 at the SOU Digital Media Center. The program should appear soon after on RVTV and it will also be available from I’ll produce the tribute under my Adventures in Education series.

I hope people will watch and learn about this incredible elder.

–Producer John Letz

About the author

JOHN LETZ is a certified studio and field producer at RVTV. John produces the education shows "Ramping Up Your English" and "Adventures in Education." Both shows have earned SOTA awards for Best Education. John has been an active producer at RVTV for the last 6 years. And he is number 2 on show production credits among RVTV producers at and is approaching on his 200th production.

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