Gordon Henry's Biographical Statement

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Gordon Henry is an enrolled member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation in Minnesota.
Dr. Henry is also a Professor in the English Department at Michigan State University, where he teaches American Indian Literature, Creative Writing and the Creative Process, in Integrative Arts and Humanities.
He is also Senior Editor of the American Indian Studies Series (and the series sub-imprint Mukwa Enewed) at Michigan State University Press. Under his editorship the AISS has published research and creative work by an array of scholars, working in a variety of disciplines, related to the larger field of American Indian Studies.
Five years ago, while serving as Director of the Native American Institute at Michigan State, he founded, along with Ellen Cushman, the Native American Youth Film Institute. As an offshoot of that project Professor Henry is working with the NAI and the Michigan Inter-Tribal Council, on Indigistory, a community based digital storytelling project.
Gordon is also a published poet and fiction writer. In 1995 he received an American Book Award for his novel the Light People and his poetry, fiction and essays have been published extensively, in the U.S. and Europe.
Over twenty years ago, Francis Cree and Louis Cree from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota asked Gordon to work as an Anishinaabe oshkaabewis, or ceremonial leader/helper, for the Niibaagway shimowin and other Anishinaabe ceremonies. He has participated in, and assisted with, those ceremonial practices for over thirty years.