Rance Weryackwe

CONTACT INFO: 

Office Address: NAS Graduate Student Office - Copeland Hall Room 332

E-mail: rance@ou.edu

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:

Title: Graduate Teaching Assistant

Education: BA Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma, 2013; MA Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma, in progress, expected graduation date December 2017

PERSONAL STATEMENT: 

For me, the most important aspect of my being an instructor is the potential impact on students. Teachers influence students so greatly, not only adding to their knowledge, but even possibly affecting their choice of majors and their paths in life. I hope to provide a space for and facilitate a positive learning environment as I take our students’ education seriously and want to do my job well.

As an instructor in the Native American Studies Department, I feel my goal is to highlight the many contributions Native peoples have had to, not only American society, but also the world. I initially entered into my own education in hopes of encouraging my family and fellow tribal members, as well as other Native students to continue their own scholastic journeys by showing them that Indian people can succeed in education. Since then, I have ultimately come to see great importance in Native Studies’ being able to help Natives and non-Natives build relationships with one another, to authentically communicate crossculturally, and to recover knowledge of similar interactions of the past that impact who we all are today as Americans.

AREAS OF INTEREST & EXPERTISE: 

Native American imagery/Fine Arts, Film and Media Studies, Comanche Studies, Indians in Higher Education

HONORS AND RECOGNITION: 

Dean’s Honor Roll, Fall 2013

RECENT COURSES TAUGHT: 

NAS 1013

SELECTED RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY: 

Article in Native Max Magazine and on Native News Network, “Savages, Settlers, and Slaves: Red, White, and Black: Symbolism of Oklahoma Sooner Football and the University of Oklahoma”

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: 

“Solving the Mascot Issue in Oklahoma City at Capital Hill High School.” United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, Crowne Plaza Tulsa. Tulsa, OK, March 6, 2015

CURRENT PROJECTS: 

Savages and Settlers: Finding Indigenous OU at The University of Oklahoma—Master’s thesis; acting on the AMC television series The Son in the part of a Comanche elder to contribute to my Ph.D. work on images of Comanches in television, film, and other media.