Agatha Spencer – Diné College

Agatha Spencer – Diné College – Living History

Navajo Oral History Project


This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2012.

Navajo Oral History: Agatha Spencer

It contains stories Agatha Spencer of Chinle, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about her life.

From a young age, Agatha Spencer had a passion for helping the youth of the Navajo Nation. When she was 23 years old, Agatha began her career with the brand new Navajo Community College which later became Dine College, the first tribal college in the United States.

 Agatha Spencer of Chinle, Arizona

Agatha shares her stories about being an academic advisor at the college and the importance of keeping Navajo culture alive in today’s Western society.

Agatha Spencer of Chinle, Arizona

Project completed by:

Lionel Harvey – DC

Ashleigh Clyde – DC

Elisenda Xifra Reverter – WSU

Laura McCormick- WSU


This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation Museum, Navajo Nation Library, Winona State University Library, and Diné College Library, and will be archived at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

The film is part of the Navajo Oral History project, a multi-year collaboration between the Winona State UniversityMass Communication Department and Diné College– The official Tribal College of the Navajo Nation