Barbara & Grant Winther
ABOUT BARBARA WINTHER
Barbara Hunter Winther was born in Washington, D.C. and during her early childhood lived with her grandmother on an island in Maine. She graduated as an English Major, Art Minor, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
After she married John Johnson and had two children (Mikael and David), she did post-graduate work
at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she received her teaching credential.
For ten years she taught elementary school in California.
In 1963 she remarried – to Grant Winther. They owned and operated Old Bear Trading Company
for twenty-one years, dealing in the art of Native America and First Nations, and for six years
Barbara taught seminars for the University of California Extension and acting as the docent training
chairman for the Africa, Oceania and Americas Gallery of the
M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco.
An avid world traveler, Barbara has written numerous plays based on folklore from a multitude of cultures. Her award-winning books illuminate traditional cultures. Her hour-long musicals for children teach the value of working together
(see http://oldbearpublishing.com). She also writes articles on travel, history and art. Grant and Barbara have been reps for the East Africa Wildlife Society (EAWLS) since 1988, when they lived four months on a shamba (farm) in upcountry Kenya.
For over twenty years Barbara has been a member of the South American Explorers Club. In 2002, she was elected to the prestigious Society of Woman Geographers. Besides traveling and writing, she enjoys playing tennis and doing volunteer work in her community. She lives with her husband Grant, a retired attorney, on an island near Seattle.