Her Tlingit name was Ḵeixwnéi. She belonged to the Lukaax̱.ádi (Sockeye Salmon) clan and was appointed as the ceremonial matriarch, or Naa Tláa (Clan Mother), in 2010.
Born (1927) in Juneau, Alaska, raised in Juneau and Hoonah and lived on the family fishing boat.
• the 1970s: She attended the Alaska Methodist University and in 1973 married Richard Dauenhauer.
• 1983 to 1997: She was a Principal Researcher at Sealaska Heritage Foundation in Juneau.
• 1997-2017: She became a semi-retired, consultant, school volunteer, freelance writer, and community work until her death on September 25, 2017.