Cornel PewewardyCornel Pewewardy
Director of Indigenous Studies (www.pdx.edu/nas/cornel-pewewardy) at Portland State University
Cornel Pewewardy is Comanche-Kiowa and an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Growing up in Southwestern Oklahoma, Cornel learned of his cultural ancestry and rich tribal background at an early age. He learned to drum and sing, which offered him a deep appreciation for Southern Plains' song composers. Dr. Cornel Pewewardy is the Director and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at Portland State University. A former kindergarten teacher and elementary principal on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, Dr. Pewewardy is the founding principal of the American Indian Magnet Schools in St. Paul (MN) Public School District which led to him being selected as the 1991 National Indian Educator of the Year. Cornell also has eight professional music CD recordings on Southern Plains music and ten CDs with combined various artists. In 1998 the Lawrence Kansas Arts Commission awarded Cornel the Phoenix Award for his lifetime contributions to music and arts.