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Professors Jolene Rickard and Jodi Byrd Recognized on List of Top 35 Influential American Indian Scholars

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2021, focuses on 35 scholars from indigenous people groups in North America who have had a profound influence on academia, literature, history, the arts, science, politics, activism, and more: 2021 Influential American Indian Scholars.

Congratulations Professors Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora) and Jodi Byrd (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma)!

Student Research

In 1779, President George Washington ordered a scorched earth campaign against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The campaign destroyed vast quantities of vegetables, forty towns, and thousands of bushels of corn. This genocide displaced several Haudenosaunee communities, including the Cayuga Nation, from their homelands surrounding Cayuga Lake. Two hundred and fifty years later, the Cayuga return.

Waylon Wilson is a citizen of the Tuscarora Nation and an AIISP graduate student focused on re-storying Indigenous history and issues in multiple media platforms. As a digital media artist, he is relocating Indigenous place-based knowledge as mobile, virtual environments, laser-cut fabrications, and quirky animations. He builds interactive, intergenerational digital spaces for elder and youth play. His current research interests examine the intersections of Indigenous storytelling, documentary filmmaking, cinema techniques, and video game strategies.

Waylon would like to extend a special thank you to Professor Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora), Professor John Whitman, Steve Henhawk (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ'/ Cayuga), and everyone at AIISP for their continued support of this on-going work!