Chris Duenas

Media Developer

Chris Duenas is a Puyallup Tribal member born and raised Tacoma Washington. His parents are Joe and Lynnette Duenas. Chris' grandparents on his father’s side were Frances Judy Wright and Roque Duenas Sr. Chris' grandparents on his mother's side are Jean Berys and Jerry Maxim. Chris graduated from Fife High School in 2007 and continued his education at Bates Technical College in 2010 for digital media, with Audio/Video being the primary focus.

Chris began studying web and app development, which led him to the Puyallup Tribal Language Program in 2011. He has created 4 apps for language as well as a website for both the language program and the Puyallup Tribe. The change in leadership at the Language Program allowed Chris more creative freedom with digital media, to create content for language revitalization purposes.

Focusing primarily on the digital content of the language program, Chris also currently dabbles in teaching the txʷəlšucid language. He also designs contemporary Coast Salish art for shirts, brochures, logos and other similar items. His love for music has also found its place in his work with creating music for videos or singing some coastal jams.

Chris also works to encourage his wife, parents, nieces and nephews to speak the txʷəlšucid language; helping them with online courses as well as bringing the language into the home.