M.Des, Concordia University, (Graduation: 6/20)

Program: Master of Design

BA, University at Buffalo, '18 (summa cum laude)

Major: Media Studies - Production

             + Game Studies Certificate

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M.Des. Research Exhibition 2020


- Game, 2019-2020 - Writer, Developer, Programmer, Artist

For my master's thesis, I am developing an Indigenous video game designed to bridge the gap between our relationship with digital technology and the land.


This game is an imaginary of the Tuscarora Nation territory known as the Niagara Falls. Depicted in the game is Goat Island, which is where Tuscarora women would sell beadwork to tourists as a method of combatting colonialism. Sometime in the last 200 years, they invented these wire-framed beaded figures known as Jitterbugs. I recreated the Niagara Falls area, including Goat Island, to imagine how our world might look in the perspective of a Jitterbug.


Everything in the game is made of materials that would be associated with our beadwork. The land is made of crushed velvet; the

water of silk; the mist is made of cotton; the stone faces are made of calico cotton fabric; the foliage is emblematic of Haudenosaunee depictions of land within beadwork; the birds are modeled after beaded bird pin cushions; and the sky is the texture of a black ash basket- which is what Tuscarora women would carry beadwork in to and from the falls.


The concept of the game is that you "wake up" in modern-day as a naked Jitterbug and must engage with the land and ancestors that occupy the land in order to earn beads and rebuild yourself as a Tuscarora Jitterbug.

[Disclaimer: Graphic textures may be placeholders and not necessarily the final image.]

Video - Gameplay, Test Stage

Additional Documentation


Development Screenshots and References

Video - Animation Development 1

Video - Animation Development 2

Tuscarora Jitterbug Game


- Game, 2017 - Writer, Designer, Programmer, Artist

Development Images and Video Screenshots

Video - Gameplay in Development


An experimental game that plays more like an interactive documentary. This game puts you in the Tuscarora perspective of the history and impacts of the construction of the New York State Power Authority and Lewiston Reservoir. 

Modeled in Maya, Built in Unity, C*,

- Web Application, 2015 - Designer, Programmer 

Development Images and Video Screenshots

Video - App Demonstration

This app is designed to assist wampum belt makers in their designing process. Every wampum belt has its own unique set of dimensions. This app allows designers to customize template dimensions to their specific needs, design, and even save and print their design for reference in building real wampum belts. Designers may also print custom blank templates if they'd rather design their belts on paper.

JavaScript, Co-programmer with UB Professor, Su Hyun Nam.

Wampum Belt Template Generator

- Mobile App, 2015-16 - Co-Director, Cultural Facilitator,

                                               Programmer, Designer

Development Images and Video Screenshots

This is a land-based application that allows you to explore an immersive soundscape within specific geographical locations. Members of the Tuscarora community lent their voices as they shared memories of places within the traditional territories of the Tuscarora Nation. A large component of this "wikiscape" is the trail along the Lower Niagara River that tells the story of Tuscarora's sustaining lifestyle and tradition of Spearfishing and how that was disrupted with the construction of the New York Power Authority.

Collaboration with UB Professor, Teri Rueb, Lydia Cordero-Campis, Mia McKie, and the Tuscarora Nation

Video - App Demonstration

Tuscarora Mobile Application

- Youth Program, 2016 - Instructor, Co-Coordinator,

Media Facilitator

Development Images and Video Screenshots

This five-day camp prepared students with 21st-century skills in media making and how media can be used as a form of indigenous expression. Students were introduced to indigenous-made media such as videogames, audio and video productions, comic books, animations, interactive works and more. We taught middle and high school students how to write, film, and produce their own stories and by the end of the week had created their own video productions which they then premiered to a community-wide event.

Collaboration with Skarù:rę' Awękwehstá:0e:', (formely Skarù:rę' Youth), and Mia McKie, MA Graduate, University of Victoria.

Video - Media Camp Montage

Video - Student Production

Indigenous Media Camp 2016

- Wearable Electronics, 2015 - Designer, Programmer, 


Development Images and Video Screenshots

A series of lights, hidden beneath the surface of this pendant, light up in sync with the volume of your voice. It is modeled after a turtle shell, which is a symbolic animal in Haudenosaunee culture. It is made to encourage the learning and practice of traditional songs. A tiny microphone detects voices and sends the digital signals into a electronic platform programmed using Arduino.

Video - LED Pendant Demo

LED Voice-Responsive Pendant

- Wearable Electronics, 2015 - Designer, Programmer, Fabricator

Development Images and Video Screenshots

Video - LED Belt Demo

LED Motion-Sensitive Belt

This belt has uses a piezo to detect motion and will flash an LED backlit design on and off with your movement. There are two modes; a sustaining backlight and a motion-sensitive setting. The belt’s design is modeled after the Tuscarora Taken-In Wampum Belt and is made to encourage the learning and practice of traditional dancing.

- Short Doc, 2016 - Director, Videographer, Editor, Sound Designer

Development Images and Video Screenshots

Video - App Demonstration

A mother and son share memories, history, and accounts of paranormal activity that used to occur in their former home; now built over a century ago. Filmed on location at the Tuscarora Nation Indian Reservation in Western New York, this house still carries the stories of its former inhabitants. Russ-Ellen Harris and Luis Santiago share their experiences and thoughts on whether or not there is still a paranormal presence lurking about their old home.

1961 Mount Hope Road

- Video, 2016 - Editor, Videographer

Development Images and Video Screenshots

Video - App Demonstration

Collaboration on an experimental video with Tuscarora Artist, Dr. Jolene Rickard. This video was displayed in an installation along with an object woven together with materials featured in the video. These materials are various items used within the Tuscarora nation, such as Tobacco, Dogbane, Annuity Goods, and Wampum. I filmed and edited the timeline and effects in this video.

Video Collaboration Jolene Rickard