Shawna Marie Cunningham, Métis, is one of the course authors and current tutor for Athabasca University’s English 308: Indigenous Literature in Canada. Shawna has taught Indigenous literature courses for Mount Royal College, Yellowhead Tribal College, Athabasca University, and the University of Calgary. Shawna received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1987, where she majored in Drama and minored in Native American Studies. In 1995, she was awarded her master’s degree from the University of Alberta in theatre history and criticism; her research study focused on the aesthetics and relationship between traditional oral literature, trickster mythology, and the dramatic literature of Tomson Highway. Shawna is currently working through an education doctorate degree program in learning and curriculum at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.
Updated January 20 2021 by Student & Academic Services