Autumn Morning Star: Profile and Biography

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Profile of Autumn MorningStar

Formal Education:

  • Graduated with honors in 2000, Summa cum Laude, from the University of Memphis with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree with emphasis in American Indian Studies.

  • Graduated from the University of Memphis in 2002 with a perfect 4.0 GPA, earning a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree with emphasis in American Indian Studies.


Formal Magic Education:

  • Jeff McBride's Magic and Mystery School, "The Jeff McBride Super Session" 2014; "Magic and Meaning" 2013; "Levitation for Parlor and Stage" 2012; "Marketing for Entertainers" 2012; and "Focus on Masks and Magic" 2011.

  • A lifetime of knowledge, apprenticeship and inspiration from the following teachers: Art Frank (The Great Arturo), Lamont Ream, Dave Elstun, Doug Henning, Dai Vernon, Curtis Kam, Bob LaRue, Bob Sanders, Shimada, Phineas T. Spellbinder, Charlotte Pendragon, Ronald "Kotah" Dayton, Gene Poinc, Ed Solomon, Gary Thompson, Dondrake, and Gene Anderson.


Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient of the Benefici Arte Magia, awarded by Camelard College of Conjuring of Chemmis, an international honor society for magicians. The very high and rare honor of Beneficium Arte Magica ("One Who is a Benefit to the Magical Arts") is awarded by the College to those Magicians who have made specific contributions to the Art of Magic or to Magic's Allied Arts.

  • Recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Scholarship, awarded for outstanding efforts in areas of social justice, human rights, and race relations. This scholarship was established by the President's Standing Committee on Human Relations, University of Memphis, and presented by the great Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Benjamin Hooks.

  • One of only fifty Native American Indians selected by the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian for her work as an outstanding cultural performer in "Shadow of the Wind". Her story is a permanent part of Living Voices, a series of contemporary cultural profiles.

  • Selected by the Tennessee Arts Commission as a roster-approved cultural performing artist.

  • Winner of the Far-Away Cherokee Association's first annual Native American Spirit Keepers award for her outstanding efforts in the preservation of Native Culture as a Native American Storyteller and illusionist.

  • Named in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

  • Graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, the highest grade point average in her college, she was named Commencement Marshall for her graduating class, from University College at the University of Memphis.

  • Winner of the Faculty Council Award and the Alumni Association Award for academic excellence from University College at the University of Memphis.

  • Awarded the the Distinguished Special Project Award from the University of Memphis for her Master's Thesis: American Indian Cultural Survival: Resistance in the Diaspora.

  • Winner of the Far-Away Cherokee Association's first annual Native American Spirit Keepers award for her outstanding efforts in the preservation of Native Culture as a Native American Storyteller and illusionist.

  • Multiple award-winning Native American Indian artist and stone sculptor.


Member Organizations:

  • Hollywood Magic Castle: Magician member since 1986.

  • International Brotherhood of Magicians: Member since 1987.

  • Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce of Denver: Member since 1994.

  • Native American Indian Association of Memphis: Member since 1998.

  • Golden Key National Honor Society: Member since 1999.

  • Memphis Race Relations and Diversity Institute: An award-winning non-profit organization that advised President Bill Clinton on his Race Relations Initiative. Member of the Board of Directors through 2002.

  • Mississippi Library Association: Member since 2003.

  • International German-American Kontact Klub: Member since 2003.

  • Friends of the Mississippi Library Association: Member since 2004.

  • Virginia Library Association: Member since 2008.

  • Camelard College of Conjuring of Chemmis, an international honor society for magicians. Professor since 2013.


Community Efforts:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Parade: Organizer of the Native American Indian Contingent for the annual parade in Memphis.

  • National Civil Rights Museum: Project Coordinator for the first Native American Indian Month and Pow-wow. Author and facilitator of Native American Curriculum for 1500 students attending the Native American Indian Month program.

  • University of Memphis: Coordinated project and funding to bring Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation and United Nations Representative, to lecture.


Work Experience:

  • Multiple award-winning Illusionist
  • Native American Storyteller
  • Creator and Producer of "Shadow of the Wind"
  • Regalia and beadwork Designer
  • Traditional Buckskin Dancer
  • Native Flautist
  • Cultural Consultant
  • Published Poet and Short Story Writer
  • Award-winning Stone Sculptor and Artist
  • Herbalist


Volunteer Work:

  • Cultural Entertainment: St. Jude Cancer Research Hospital for Children - Memphis, Friends for Life AIDS Resource Center, Metro Area Gay Youth (MAGY), National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis, The University of Memphis, and other local and national organizations.

  • Native American Storytelling: Tellebration at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Rocky Mountain Storyteller's Conference in Denver, University of Memphis, University of Colorado, Community College of Denver, Coldwater Library in Mississippi, and Presbyterian - St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, and other local and national organizations.

  • Cross-Cultural Consultation: The Memphis Race Relations and Diversity Institute, The Mayor's Task Force on Race Relations in Memphis, The University of Memphis, The Mississippi Library Association, The University of Memphis, St. Mary's School in Memphis, Coldwater Library in Mississippi, and other local and national organizations.

  • Native American Poetry Presentations: Java Cabana in Memphis, The Tattered Cover in Denver, The University of Denver, The University of Memphis, Altdorf Gymnasium (Preparatory School) Altdorf, Germany, and other locations around the USA and Europe.