About the Author

Michael Sheyahshe (Caddo) is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for alterNative Media, a studio specializing in illustration, sculpture, 2D art & media, and 3D modeling, animation, & simulation. He has presented academic papers at various universities, museums, and summits around the country. Michael has been published in Illusions magazine, "New Zealand moving image and performing arts criticism," Trauma Magazine a "European movie magazine entirely dedicated to the fantastic world of horror, science fiction and fantasy," Native Peoples Magazine and Games for Windows: The Official Magazine - both about Native Americans in video games - and most recently in New Plains Review from the University of Central Oklahoma. His book, Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study, is available from McFarland and everywhere fine books are sold.

Michael Sheyahshe received two seperate bacalurate degrees, both cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma in May 2003: one in Native American Studies (BA) and another in Film and Video Studies (BA). Michael is a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and is a member of both the Alpha Lambda Delta and Gamma Beta Phi honor fraternities.

As a freshman at the University of Oklahoma, Michael was awarded the Office of Fellowships' Native American Award where he was appointed as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, has previously been appointed as a Tax Commissioner for the Caddo Nation, and formerly held a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Caddo Heritage Museum. He has served as Project Coordinator for Oklahoma Red Earth Film Festival (2000), as well as promoted the "Indigenous Film Series" (IFS) and the "Festival of Indigenous Visual Entertainment" (FIVE) - both at the University of Oklahoma..

Michael’s artistic achievements include serving as Director of Animation for a feature film, credits on a shipped video game title (Helix) for Nintendo Wii, art purchased for the Red Cloud Museum’s permanent collection, and artwork featured at various art shows around the country. Currently, Michael is finalizing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in 3D Modeling at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, for School of Animation & Visual Effects.

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