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A member of the Comanche Nation, Edwin Whitewolf comes from a background in cinema studies, having graduated from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program with a B.S. in Cinematic Theory and Aesthetic Communication and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies from New York University. While interested in a broad range of topics that includes cinema studies, museum studies, and 19th century American history, his primary focus is the representation and cultural memory of Native Americans in American popular culture.
While in New York City, Edwin was a volunteer at the National Museum of the American Indian and the American Museum of Natural History, specifically during the Native American Film + Video Festival and the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Since entering the American Studies graduate program at the University of Texas at Austin, he has been involved in planning a number of film screening, symposium, and graduate conference events, and helped to create exhibits for the American Indians in Texas gallery on display in Jester Hall.
In addition to his duties as a doctoral student, Edwin has also worked as both a supplemental instructor for American Studies program, and as an online instructor for a Native American history course offered by UT-Austin University Extension. Further, he is currently beginning early pre-production work on a documentary project investigating the Native American food staple frybread and its place in Native American culture.
Edwin is currently interested in how narratives of Native Americans are represented in small vernacular museums, and how those narratives differ from generally agreed upon national narratives.
The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel (review). Western American Literature, Volume 48, Number 4, Winter 2014, pp. 490-491.