Evan Gardner, the original developer of WAYK, was born in Oregon City overlooking Willamette Falls. He grew up around the Clackamas, Molalla, and Willamette rivers and is now working in Bend, OR.
Evan has worked extensively in education from early childhood to university. He has worked for the Oregon School for the Deaf, Portland Public Schools, Salem Public Schools, International Red Cross Youth Quito Equador, Red Cross Youth Havana Cuba, and has taught English as a second language throughout Central and South America.
Evan has been teaching languages and language revitalization to teachers and students using his “Where Are Your Keys?” fluency game since 1992, facilitating workshops internationally.
He has taught Chinuk Wawa (chinook jargon) locally since 2002 as well as teacher development for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Chinuk Nation. His greatest passion is supporting and strengthening endangered languages by creating professional youth teachers who enter college with years of teaching experience.
Sky Hopinka is of the Hochunk Nation and Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. He has been interning with Evan and “Where Are Your Keys?” since February, 2011, and learning Chinuk Wawa, which he will apply to his university foreign language requirement. Sky is graduating in the fall from Portland State University with a BA in English and minor in film studies. Currently, he is interning with the “Where Are Your Keys?” Summer Institute of Play through the Indigenous Nations Studies department (formerly Native American Studies) at PSU. After graduating, he plans to work in filmmaking and with WAYK in learning and teaching the Hochunk and Luiseno languages.
David Edwards is software developer in New York City who first started playing WAYK in 2010. Since then, he has worked with WAYK at language programs in Oregon, China, California, and Canada.