From my heart and soul I am bound to the environment and ethnology of my ancestral lands, revered by my Chukchansi forbearers. My grandfather Samuel Lewis raised his family a quarter of a mile from my home where I have lived for the past twenty seven years. My father was employed with the United States service and as a child my family and I were fortunate to travel with him across the continental United States, Japan, China and US Islands. Through these travels I acquired familiarity with other cultures and developed a deep appreciation of the uniqueness of my own heritage.
In 2000-2002 I completed the Archeological Technician Certificate Program at FCC. Subsequently I was self-employed surveying, mapping and monitoring for the Forest Service, the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, Edison Big Creek Project, Pacific Legacy Archeology Company and various archaeology companies in the San Joaquin Area.
Currently I am employed as the Cultural Specialist for the Tribal Government of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians. As a tribal member I have produced designs for logos, posters, programs and merchandise for the Pow Wow Committee. I served as the Chair of Natural and Cultural Resources Commission 2002-2005. I continue to work on my transfer units to California State University Fresno where I intend to complete the training for my professional degree in archeology.
By the third grade I was drawing and wanted to be an artist. In adulthood I completed 40 units with a major in Art at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, California. Courses included composition, drawing, advanced painting, life drawing, matting and framing. While working on my archeological certificate at FCC I took classes in Art Appreciation, Photography, and Water-Color.
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