Born in Rabat, Morocco, HELENE E. HAGAN attended high school in Morocco, obtained two Baccalaureates in French and Philosophy with Honors and pursued her education at Bordeaux University, France, where she received a License-es-Lettres in British and American Studies, also with Honors. She holds two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University, California, one in French and Education, (1971) and the other in Cultural and Psychological Anthropology (1983). After conducting fieldwork among the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, she worked as Associate Professor at the JFK University Graduate School of Psychology in Orinda, California, and owned an American Indian art gallery in Marin County. She has served as President of the non-profit educational organization, Tazzla Institute for Cultural Diversity, since 1993. She has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles, three anthropological books on Berber (Amazigh) culture and filmed, edited and produced over fifty community service television programs on a variety of topics related to American Indian and Berber cultures, arts, and human right issues, through Amazigh Video Productions of Burbank. Helene Hagan is a lifetime Associate Curator of the Paul Radin Collection at Marquette University Special Archives. In 2007, Helene was a guest Professor for the First Berber Institute held at the University of Oregon, Corvallis. In 2008, she created the Amazigh Film Festival USA which annually celebrates the indigenous Amazigh (Berber and Tuareg) cultures of North Africa and the Sahara Desert.
Other four books by this author published by Xlibris: “The Shining Ones: Etymological Essay on the Amazigh Roots of Ancient Egyptian Civilization” (2000), “Tuareg Jewelry: Traditional Patterns and Symbols” (2006), “Tazz’unt: Ecology, Ritual and Social Order in the Tessawt Valley of the High Atlas of Morocco” (2011), and “Fifty Years in America, a book of Essays” (2013).