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UTSA dean writes book on Great Plains Indians including real-life experiences

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Daniel J. Gelo, dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and his new book

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(Oct. 24, 2011) -- Daniel J. Gelo, professor of anthropology and dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, has written a new book, "Indians of the Great Plains," and hopes the work will serve as a progressive and contemporary text that teachers across the country can adopt in their classrooms.

The textbook, published by Pearson Publishing, incorporates Gelo’s real-life experiences studying the Indians of the Great Plains for more than 20 years.
Over the years, Gelo has spent summers visiting Native communities and living in Comanche Indian households, studying lifestyles, language, music and belief systems. One elderly Comanche woman even adopted Gelo as one of her grandsons, providing him with more insight into Comanche life and family obligations.

Gelo began teaching a course on Indians of the Great Plains after he was hired at UTSA in 1988, utilizing a standard textbook and supplementing the course with his own personal research.

In 2002, he presented to Pearson Publishing his idea of writing a textbook based on his lectures and received support from the company as well as his peers in the academic community.

"One of the big lessons I wanted to get across in this book is that these cultures have not vanished, they are very much alive and they are very much among us in this country," said Gelo.

Unlike previous books that have detailed Indian life up to the establishment of reservations, Gelo's book provides an updated retrospective covering Indian voting rights, military service and innovations in casino gambling operations on reservations. He also reflects on how tribes are preserving their languages and teaching their children to pass on knowledge to future generations.

"This book came from my personal experiences and growth at UTSA as both a teacher and a researcher," said Gelo."It's nice that even though I work in the dean's office, I still have opportunities to do research and stay involved intellectually."

In the age of digital communication, Pearson already has formatted the textbook in electronic form so instructors can use it and find it on Kindle. Instructors can find various chapters to incorporate into their classes

 

 

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Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
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String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
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Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

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Master of Public Administration Open House

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UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
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Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

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