ABOUT
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Art by Joseph Erb
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Joseph Lewis Erb is a computer animator,film producer, educator, language technologist and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. He earned his MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Erb created the first Cherokee animation in the Cherokee language, “The Beginning They Told”.  He used his artistic skills to teach Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students how to animate traditional stories. Most of this work is created in the Cherokee Language. He has spent many years working on projects that will expand the use of Cherokee ​​ language in technology and the Arts.  ​ Erb teaches at University of Missouri teaching Digital Storytelling and Animation. 
   
EDUCATION
2002 MFA, University of Pennsylvania
1997 BFA, Oklahoma City University
1995 Richmond College, Study Abroad, Florence, Italy 


EMPLOYMENT
2015-Present   Assistant Professor, Digital Storytelling Program and Department of Art, University of Missouri
2009-2015       Language Technology Specialist, Cherokee Nation
2006-2009       Animation and Digital Media Specialist, Cherokee Nation
2002-2006       Digital Storytelling and Animation Instructor, American Indian Resource Center
 
FIELDS
2D and 3D Animation; Digital Storytelling; Fine Art—painting, metal, textiles; Native American and Indigenous Studies; Cherokee Language Technology and Cherokee Studies
 
ACHIEVEMENTS 
Collaborated with Apple to incorporate Cherokee as a language option on iOS
Collaborated with Microsoft to establish Windows 8 in the Cherokee language
Collaborated with Facebook to localize social media in the Cherokee language
Collaborated with Google to localize Google search engine and Gmail into the Cherokee language
IT technical advisor across tribal country on behalf of the Cherokee Nation
First Cherokee eBook for iPad
First computer-animated film in a Native American language
First 360-degree animation for a planetarium show in a Native American language
 
CURRENT PROJECTS
Geo-locating journals and historical documents written during the Cherokee Removal of 1838-39
Collaborating with Google Maps to show all federally recognized Indigenous nations on Google Maps of the United States
Ongoing development of Cherokee font designs for major technology companies for mobile devices and operating systems
Water quality animation for Cherokee Nation’s Environmental Resources Department.  
 
   
EXHIBITIONS
2017   
Return from Exile, Group Show, Seminole Nation Museum, Wewoka, Oklahoma Return from Exile, Group Show, Dr. J.W. Wiggins Gallery, Sequoyah National Research Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2016   
Return from Exile, Group Show Cherokee Heritage Center, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Return from Exile, Group Show, Collier County Museum, Naples, Florida
Return from Exile, Group Show, Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA), co-sponsored with Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Cherokee Homecoming Art Show, Tahlequah, OK
Threads of Time, Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill, OK
Return from Exile, Group Show, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia
2015   
Trail of Tears Show, Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill, OK                                                                          
Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Cherokee Homecoming show, Tahlequah, OK 
Return from Exile, Group Show, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, Georgia
2014   
Trail of Tears Show, Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill, OK
Cherokee Homecoming show, Tahlequah, OK 
2013   
Indian Ink: Native PrinterMakers, Little Rock, AK
Cherokee Homecoming show, Tahlequah, OK 
2012   
Doukan 7002 Gallery, solo show, Chicago, IL
Cherokee Homecoming show, Tahlequah OK 
Trail of Tears Show, Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill, OK
2011   
Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, AZ
2009   
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York & Washington, DC
2008   
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York & Washington, DC
2007   
Cherokee Film Festival, Tahlequah, OK
2006   
Animation Celebration, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York & Washington, DC
Cherokee Film Festival, Tahlequah, OK
2005   
Cherokee Film Festival, Tahlequah, OK
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York & Washington, DC
2004   
Taos Film Festival, Taos, NM
 Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York & Washington, DC
2003   
Animation Celebration, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York & Washington, DC
           
FILM FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
   
FILM FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS, partial list 
International Screenings
2018    Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
            June 8 -10 2018
            “ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
            The Wairoa Maori Film Festival was founded in 2005 with the purpose of supporting, recognising and presenting the indigenous storyteller narrative. The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is a film festival experience like no other. The festival is hosted in Kahungunu Marae, a traditional Maori meeting house in the historic Maori village of Nuhaka. Each year since 2005, as the stars of Matariki (Pleiades) arose on the horizon, Maori film makers have gathered in Wairoa to celebrate the art of storytelling on screen at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival. The festival screens feature films, short films, documentaries and multi-media art works all directed by Maori, written by Maori, or featuring people of Maori descent in an acting or documentary role. Alongside the Maori programme, we have screened indigenous film works from all around the world. Indigenous film makers have travelled to the festival from such diverse destinations as Canada, Australia, United States, Mexico, Taiwan, the Philippines and Samoa.
Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival, Santa Monica, California
            May 18 – 27, 2018
“Sun and the Great Frog”
            The GIIFF, currently one of the nation’s most prestigious film festivals celebrating Garifuna, Caribbean and indigenous cultures from around the world will be held on May, 2018 in Venice, California. 
Since its launch the GIIFF has showcased a variety of films and documentaries created by Garifuna filmmakers as well as many other indigenous people and has hosted panel discussions, workshops, cultural presentations Award Ceremony. It is in essence a venue that reconciles, entertains and portrays the very diverse and brilliant cultures to participants and attendees of the festival. 
            Red Dirt International Film Festival, Edmond, Oklahoma
            March 28 – 31, 2018
                  “ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
            Recently named one of FilmFreeway's Top 100 Film Festivals out of the nearly 9,000 worldwide, The Red Dirt International Film Festival is where film goes to have fun.
Native Spirit Film Festival, London
October 12 – 21, 2018, (Juried)
 “ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
Native Spirit Foundation was founded by Mapuche leader Freddy Trequil to promote knowledge and awareness of Indigenous Cultures and support longer term projects towards education in Native Schools and Communities.
New Haven International Film Festival, New Haven, Connecticut
May 2-5, 2018 (Juried)
“Water is Life”
This year’s NHIFF line up of more than 100 films is represented by some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking film projects of the year. The films cover a wide range of subjects with an emphasis on: Human Rights, Peace (without military intervention), Social Justice, LGBT, STRONG WOMEN, and many of the world’s inequalities and injustices.
Cefalù Film Festival, Palermo, Italy
May 1, 2018, (Juried)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium, Norman, Oklahoma
April, 2018, (Invited)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
Native Crossroads is a unique film festival and symposium that focuses on international Indigenous media. The event puts academics, media creators, and community and tribal organization representatives into dialogue to advance our discussions in all these fields. At once entertaining, scholarly, and educational, each year’s event explores particular themes of pressing importance to Native people, globally and locally
Ethnografilm Paris, Paris, France
April 3-7, 2018 (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Māoriland Film Festival, Kapiti Coast, Aotearoa,New Zealand 
March 21-25, 2018 (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ” and “Sun and the Great Frog”
Māoriland Film Festival is an International Indigenous Film festival that celebrates Indigenous voices and storytelling in film. Each March, Māoriland brings films and their creators to Ōtaki on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast for five days of screenings, workshops and special events.
Environmental Film Festival, Recovering Voices, National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
March 17, 2018 (Invited)
“We prayed in Water”
Curators: Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, National Museum of Natural History Melissa Bisagni, Program Manager Media Initiatives, National Museum of the American Indian, Amalia Cordova, Latinx Curator for Digital and Emerging Media, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Sarah Baburi, Program Assistant, Recovering Voices Initiative, Haley Bryant, Program Assistant, Mother Tongue Film Festival, Emily Cain, Program Assistant, Mother Tongue Film Festival.
Skábmagovat Indigenous Film Festival, Inari, Finland
January 25-28, 2018 (Juried)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
The festival will celebrate the occasion by spotlighting North America and Indigenous resistance with the theme “Hurray for Life”.
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) Missoula, Montana
Feburary 20-25, 2018 (Juried)
“Water is Life”
The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with a local Montana flavor. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is also an Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences qualifying event for short form documentaries. 
One Nation Film Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado
February, 2018, (Juried) Audience Choice Award Best Narrative Short Film
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ” (Juried)
One Nation Film Festival (ONFF) is an annual event held in Colorado Springs, CO which began in 2016. The festival focuses on Native American and global indigenous issues through Narratives, Documentaries and Student Short Films. This festival should be of interest to Filmmakers, Film professionals and others who wish to further their support and knowledge of important Native American and global indigenous perspectives through the medium of independent film.
Mediterranean Film Festival, Sicily, Italy
January 2, 2018 (Juried)  
“Water is Life”
Queen City Shorts, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada ((Finalist) nominated for BEST INDIGENOUS) January, 2018, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
2017      Festival Internacional Imagem Natureza, Vila Real, Portugal
December 1, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
The Short Films Festival of Biodiversity is, first and foremost, a project created to improve society’s awareness. From the alliance between the arts (cinema, photography, drawing) and knowledge, we intend to deliver to all the message that we should preserve the planet’s natural heritage, for the reasons that are widely known.
Red Nation Film Festival & Awards, Northridge, California
November 8, 2017, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
Red Nation Film Festival™ (RNFF) The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema™ is dedicated to breaking the barrier of racism by successfully replacing American Indian stereotype with recognition, new vision, arts, culture and economic prosperity by placing American Indian Filmmakers at the forefront of the entertainment industry and to introduce American Indian Filmmakers to larger, global mainstream audiences while championing Native Women in Film & Television and giving voice and inspiring native youth with our dedicated program Native Youth Matter™ – If I Can See It I Can Be It.™
Voices from the Waters International Traveling Film Festival Bangalore, India
November 7, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Bangalore Film Society in collaboration with Karnataka Chalanachithra Academy, ActionAid India (Bangalore), Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), Jain group of Institutions and a consortium of partner organizations, is presenting 11th edition of Voices from the Waters International Travelling Film Festival 2017. The festival is a cinematic community outreach program addressing the most fundamental issue of our times; “the right to water” that sustains lives and guarantees a safe planet for biodiversity. The gradual commodification of water is the underlying concept around which varied themes will be explored at the festival. These themes include water scarcity, water harvesting/ conservation, conflicts, floods, droughts, global warming and climate change, degradation of water bodies (oceans, ponds, beaches, lakes, rivers, etc.), impact of deforestation on such water bodies, sanitation and health, the holistic revival of water bodies and any other insightful takes on water and life.
Curators: Ajith Samuel, Francis Xavier, Salomi Jacob, Sudeep Debnath and Ankur Karmacharya
American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, California
November 3, 2017, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) fosters understanding of the culture, traditions and contemporary issues of Native Americans.  The first American Indian Film Festival, presented in 1975 in Seattle was relocated in 1977 to San Francisco, where it found its permanent home.  Today AIFI is the major Native American media and cultural art presenter in California and its Festival is the world's oldest and best-known exposition dedicated to Native Americans in cinema.
California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival, San Marcos, California
November 2, 2017, (Juried)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is proud to present the 2017 California's American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival. California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) offers audiences in Southern California the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.
NPS International Children's Film Festival, Guwahati, India
November, 2017, (Juried)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
239 films which is selected to participate in our film festival from a total submission of 652 films.
First Nations Film and Video Festival, Chicago, Illinois
November 1, 2017, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico
Visionaria, Siena, Italy
November, 2017 (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Visionaria is an international short film festival opened to fiction, animation, documentary and video art. Visionaria is also the name of the cultural association that promotes the festival. The programme normally includes, along with the international competition, events, exhibitions, screenings, meetings, conferences and workshops.
Woodengate Film Festival, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
October, 2017 (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
Woodengate International Film Festival is based in the beautiful Maramures County, a place full of culture and where century-old traditions are still part of daily life.
ImagineNATIVE, Toronto, Canada
 October 18-22, 2018, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. This Festival, Tour, and year-round initiatives showcase, promote, and celebrate Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and create a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. Curators:
Rhéanne Chartrand is a Métis curator and creative producer based in Toronto. She has spent the past six years creating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary exhibitions, showcases and festivals for organizations such as Harbourfront Centre, OCAD University, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Aboriginal Pavilion at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC). Currently, Rhéanne serves as the curator of Indigenous art at McMaster Museum of Art located in Hamilton. Sinara Rozo-Perdomo is a Toronto-based arts administrator, curator and educator. She is the director of the annual aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival, Canada's longest-running and largest showcase dedicated to contemporary Latin cinema and media arts. Her curatorial work has been featured at several festivals in Mexico, Peru, Hungary, USA, Colombia, Brazil, Germany and Canada. Sinara has been working in artist-run environments for over 18 years and has many years’ experience in management capacities. Fallon Simard is an Anishinaabe artist and scholar from Couchiching First Nation from the Grand Council of Treaty #3 Territory. Fallon’s work interrogates state violence and mental health in so far as it is perpetuated on to Indigenous bodies, with a practice comprised of video, sound and animation. They hold a Masters of Art from the Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media, and Design Program from OCAD University.
SunChild 7th International Environmental Festival, Yerevan, Armenia
October 13-17, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Curators:  Steve Bradshaw is an Emmy award-winning UK film-maker and journalist. Levon Galstyan member of coordinating council of Armenian Environmental Front Citizens’ Initiative. Azuan Muda is the co-founder of TEEBTV, the “Netflix for Indies”, a multi-platform online media company showcasing independent content based in Jakarta. Bessie Byrne is an award winning environmental filmmaker with a Masters of Journalism. Utpal Borpujari n M.Tech in Applied Geology from Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee), Utpal Borpujari won the Golden Lotus from the President of India for the Best Film Critic at the 50thNational Film Awards of India in 2003. Armine Vosganian has graduated from both Theatre Acting and Film Directing in 2014 at National University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest, Romania and a MA Film Making degree at London Film School, UK. Received over 1214 films.
Festival Ciné Alter'Natif, Paris, France
October 5th-14th, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
As part of the 8th edition of the Ciné Alter'Natif Festival and in support of indigenous mobilizations in North America against the extraction and exploitation of natural resources on their territories without their free, prior and informed consent.  Festival Ciné Alter'Natif, the only festival in France entirely dedicated to Indigenous cinema - films directed/produced by Indigenous artists - since 2009.
Les Films de la Toile, Saint Denis, France (Semi-Finalist)
September 1, 2017 (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada (Award Finalist)
September, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
SHORT to the Point, Bucharest, Romania
September 13, 2017, (Juried)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
Factual Animation Film Fuss, London, England (Award Finalist)
October 7, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Creative Director: Daniel Murtha Festival Directors: Vikram Ahluwalia and Daniel Murtha
Factual Animation Film Fuss celebrates animated documentary, the only festival of its kind anywhere. Over 40 films will be screened - animations and mixed media shorts from around the world, including UK and European premieres, as well as a panel discussion and opportunity to meet leaders and peers from the industry.
First RoundGlass Samsara Environmental Film Festival, (Semi-Finalist) Bangaluru, India October 2, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
International Environmental Film Festival is being organized by RoundGlass to promote the importance of Environmental Consciousness and Conservation. RoundGlass Samsara Festival is a search for our planet’s most enlightened filmmakers who use their art for celebrating nature and conservation.
Native Spirit Film Festival, London, England
October 12, 2017, (Juried)
Native Spirit Foundation was founded by Mapuche leader Freddy Trequil to promote knowledge and awareness of Indigenous Cultures and support longer term projects towards education in Native Schools and Communities.
Life After Oil International Film Festival, Sardegna, Italy
September 22, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival was born in 2014 with the first edition held in Martis, a small town in the Sassari province. The event, the only one of its kind in Sardinia, seeks to raise awareness among the widest possible audience on topics like ecology, environmental sustainability and the creation of alternative energy sources to fossil fuels. It is a film exhibition/competition for cinematographic works (documentaries, animations, fictions, video art) dealing with these issues both as a denunciation of the existing or as a description, proposal or project of manufacturing realities based on alternative fuels.
Tribal Film Festival, Tulsa, Oklahoma
September 1, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Film Festival showing indigenous films that celebrate the biggest, brightest, boldest of who we are as a people and culture.
Cartoon Club, Rimini, Italy
July 17, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Paris Art and Movie Awards, (Award Finalist), Paris, France
July 3, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
The Paris Art and Movie Awards is the leading independent film festival in Paris.
The « PAMA » has been ranked, as soon as its second year, the second festival not to miss in Paris, by The Culture Trip Magazine.
IFF Ekotopfilm, Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia
May 22, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
IFF Ekotopfilm - Envirofilm with its 45-year tradition is the oldest event of its kind in the world! The festival objective is to inspire and alter people's attitude and relationship towards the environment, provide space for open discussion on sustainability of life on our Planet.
First Nations Film and Video Festival, Chicago Illinois
May 2, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
The mission of First Nations Film and Video Festival is to advocate for and celebrate the works of Native Americans filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American issues. All films screened are written and/or produced and directed by Native American artists from the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Mexico
International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Nice, France 
May 6, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Nice International Filmmaker Festival 2018 is strategically placed a few days before the Cannes International Film Festival in the south of France, naturally filling our venue with a wealth of talent from around the world. 
Roma Cinema DOC, Rome, Italy
April 9, 2017, (Juried)   
“Water is Life”
Roma Cinema DOC is a monthly film festival based in Italy, that features the best short films, documentaries and web series from around the world. Every month, Judges will award the best films of each category. Every winner will be given the distinction of an Official Finalist of the annual event in which Judges and Audience will award the best films of each category. The event will be place in Rome.
Llanberis Mountain Film Festival, (Semi-Finalist), Llanberis, Wales
March 3, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Tampere Film Festival Film Festival, Tampere, Norway
March 1, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Tampere Film Festival brings together over 30,000 film enthusiasts, be it professionals or amateurs, every year in March. Tampere Film Festival is ranked amongst the top three most important short film festivals in the world. The heart of the program is formed by International and National Short Film Competitions. The festival receives approximately 4000 submissions annually. Out of those, an estimated 110 films from 40 countries are selected. The International Competition is amongst the most acknowledged short film competitions in the world. Tampere Film Festival’s International Competition is an Oscar®, BAFTA and EFA qualifying short film competition, meaning the world’s most trusted film organizations let us nominate films for their award categories. The National Competition showcases current feature-length documentaries alongside Finnish short films and is one of the most important platforms for Finnish filmmakers. The festival gathers an audience of 30,000 each year.
Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival, Islamabad, Pakistan
January, 2017 (Juried)
“Water is Life”
IMFF is a project conceived and developed by Eyebex Films, a TV production company based in Islamabad Pakistan that specializes in the production of adventure, travel, environment and culture films. PIMFF was held in 2015 and is known to be the first event of its kind ever to be held in Pakistan. PIMFF 2015 was a huge success and it is on its way to become an annual event in Pakistan
2014    Seattle Film Festival, Seattle, Washington (Juried)
                  “We prayed in Water”
More than 400 films from 80 countries. 25 days. 155,000 attendees. The largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States.
Creative Climate, Screening group show, New York City, New York (Juried)
“We prayed in Water”
2009    Cherokee Film Festival, Catoosa, Oklahoma (Juried)
2007    Cherokee Film Festival, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Juried)
2006    Animation Celebration, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York
Native American Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York (Invited)
Cherokee Film Festival, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Juried)
2005    Native American Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York (Invited)
            Cherokee Film Festival, Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Juried)
2004    Native American Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York (Invited)
            Taos Film Festival, Taos, New Mexico (Juried)
2003    Native American Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York (Invited)
National Screenings
2018      Tech Doc Fest, Seattle, Washington
February 1st-3rd, 2018, (Invited&Juried)
“Water is Life”
As the first and only technology focuses documentary film festival, we present films that best reflect society's history, individuals, organizations, culture and future of technology.  We recognize technology's impact on our culture, its effects on the individual and our society as a whole. Through this channel we aim to create a conversation around the positive and negative effects of embracing technology with a goal of exploring our humanity in its midst.
2017    Chellavision Short Film Festival, Indio, California
November 17, 2018, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
CSFF’s mission is to showcase visionary film artists who push creative boundaries — from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their work. CSFF will feature programs in the categories of narrative, documentary, music video, animation, experimental and virtual reality projects.
Durango Independent Film Festival, Durango, Colorado
February 28, 2018, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
The community of Durango has presented a film festival since 2001, when the Durango Film Festival held its first event.  When the Durango Film Festival became inactive in 2005, staff and volunteers from that festival wanted to continue the presence of a community film festival. Within a few months they regrouped to organize The Durango Independent Film Festival (DIFF), and registered with the State of Colorado as a new nonprofit corporation on August 24, 2005
NatiVisions Film Festival, Parker, Arizona
September 28, 2017, (Juried)
“Sun and the Great Frog”
The NatiVisions Film Festival offers Native American actors, filmmakers, writers, directors an opportunity to present their current work. Over the past 12 years we created a very successful festival to present to the area reaching people throughout the United States. Included every year, several Native-made movies that feature Q&A’s with Native American filmmakers.
Regional Screenings
2018      Twister Alley Film Festival, Woodward, Oklahoma
May 3 – 5, 2018 (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
Clean Shorts Film Festival, Choctaw, Oklahoma
                  April 6 – 7, 2018 (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
                  Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival, Muskogee, Oklahoma,
April 24, 2018, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival is dedicated to screening feature motion picture projects with budgets less than one million dollars. BBIFMF philosophy is to promote and support the efforts of the small budget filmmakers and producers.
Dakota Film Festival, Bismarck, North Dakota
Friday, April 6th, (Invited)
“Water is Life”
SDFF was started in 2007 to acknowledge films made by filmmakers from the Great Plains region (SD, MN, ND, IA, WY, MT, and NE) or films shot in the Great Plains region. However, regional consideration is only one of many factors considered in the final draw of films chosen to be “Official Selections”. While we try to emphasize great films from the Great Plains, that is not the primary focus. The goal of the South Dakota Film Festival is to screen the best films submitted regardless of their geographic origin.
Copa Shorts Film Fest, Maricopa, Arizona
February 16, 2018, (Juried)
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
docLAHOMA, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 13, 2018, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
The docLAHOMA Film Festival occurs twice a year, every January and July in Oklahoma City's historic Film Row District. By emphasizing the art and craft of the documentary, docLAHOMA places a premium on story and character. Whether your film is expository, participatory, exploratory, experimental, observational, or poetic, we want cinema that makes us FEEL as well as LEARN. 
2017      Circle Cinema, Tulsa, Oklahoma
November 29, 2017, (Invited)
“Water is Life”
Circle Cinema is Tulsa’s oldest-standing movie theatre that originally opened in 1928 and now operates as the only nonprofit cinema in the area. But, we are so much more than your local cinema. We are celebrators of creativity, the arts and filmmakers from around the corner and the world. We educate, enlighten and entertain our guests 365 days a year through selected features and programs that expose and connect our community to global issues, environments and cultures.
Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle, Washington
November 16, 2017, (Juried)
“We Prayed in Water”
Through dozens of strategic partnerships with Pacific Northwest organizations working on issues of social justice, the Social Justice Film Festival exhibits a series of short and feature-length documentaries and narrative films broadly related to social justice, with a special focus on prisoner justice in the US. As a movement, social justice promotes a global culture where equality is achieved on all levels. This includes issues pertaining to incarceration, the environment and sustainability, oppression, race and racism, the arts, animal rights, alternative currency and lifestyles, corruption within the system, and so much more. The festival will showcase works that challenge society structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level as well as works that challenge the medium.
First Nations Film and Video Festival, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
November 13-15, 2017, (Juried)
“Water is Life”
Sioux Empire Film Festival, Sioux Falls, South Dakota  
May 19, 2017, (Juried)  
“ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ”
The Sioux Empire Film Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The mission of the Sioux Empire Film Festival is to build awareness of independent film and film as an art form and provide educational opportunities for local and national filmmakers. The SEFF will provide a platform for filmmakers, artists, students, colleagues, and members of the community to exhibit their work, facilitate networking opportunities, and advance local economic activity.
2016    Osiyo, TV Show, Voices of the Cherokee People, (TV Series, Regional Emmy winning episode)
Animation and Graphics (invited & contracted)
Water: Take 1, Film Festival, Los Angeles, California
December 14, 2016 (Juried)
Trans/Forming Activist Media in the Americas
(invited)
Water is life, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 
(invited)
2015    Camp Cherokee, Planetarium, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma (Juried)
2014    Camp Cherokee, Planetarium, Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma (Juried)
            stART Project, Norman, Oklahoma (Juried)
2013    Native Crossroads: Film/Scholarship/Activism, Norman, Oklahoma (Invited)
2012    Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, Arizona (Juried)
2010      Native American Film Festival, Sedona, Arizona
    
   
FILMS AND ANIMATION PRODUCTIONS, partial list
Director, ᎠᏴᏓᏆᎶᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎧᏖᎾ, 8.52 Min, Animation Cherokee with English subtitles
Animation Departent, OsiyoTV, Animation and Graphics
Director, Water is Life, 4.34 min. computer animation
Director, We Prayed in Water, 4.28 min. computer animation in Cherokee
Director, Uktena and Boys, 7min. computer animation for Planetarium
Director, Windows 8 in Cherokee Project, 5.24 mins video for Cherokee Nation
Director, In Our Own Voice, 28.09 min. documentary film
Director, Turtle Tales, computer animation in Cherokee
Director, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏯ, 9.35 mins video for Cherokee Immersion
Director, What Does It Means to Be Cherokee, 6 mins animation in Cherokee and English
Director, ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, documentary film
Producer, Trail of Tears, 22 min. documentary for the National Park Service
Director, Going to Water, 2.12 min. video and animation
Director, ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ ᏓᏂᏍᏓᏲᎯᎸ, 1 min. computer animation in Cherokee
Director, ᏣᏕ ᎠᎴ ᏩᏯ, video for Cherokee Immersion
Director, ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᏏᏓᏍᏗ, 3.39 min. video for Cherokee Immersion
Director, Messenger, 26 min. stop-motion clay animation in Cherokee
Director, Hero, 22 min. computer animation in Cherokee and English
Director, Katydid’s Warning, 1.57 min hand drawn animation in Cherokee
Director, Looking for Rabbit, 6 min. computer animation in Cherokee
Director, Cherokee Lullaby, 1 min. computer animation in Cherokee
Director, Humming Bird and Crain, 6 min. 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, Dog’s Tracks in the Sky, 3 min. 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, Strawberry Story, 5.25 min. 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, Usdi, 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, Numbers, 1.31 min. 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, FrogMoon, 1.11 min. 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, Dancing Animals, 2.18 min. 2d animation in Cherokee
Director, Syllabary Song, 1.06 min. computer animation in Cherokee
Director, The Beginning They Told, 11 min. computer animation in Cherokee with English  subtitles
 
Short animations directed and produced through the American Indian Resource Center, Oklahoma
Day and Night (2005)
Mapohiceto/Not Listening (2003)
How the Redbird Got His Color (2002)
How the Rabbit Lost His Tail (2003)
Greedy (2002)
Deer Woman (2004)
Trickster (2003)
Turtle’s and Quail (2005)
Rainbow (2005)
    
 
INVITED PRESENTATIONS
2017   
Keynote, “Cherokee Storytelling and Digital Inclusion,” Indigenous People's Day    Symposium, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (upcoming)
Keynote, “Community Strength in Storytelling," 7th Annual University of
Kansas Digital Humanities Forum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
(upcoming)                  
“Cultural Animation” Cherokee Community Leaders Conference, Tulsa, Ok                    
“Remembering the Removal Program: Retracing the Steps of Our Ancestors,”
He Manawa Whenua conference, Hamilton, New Zealand
“Indigenous Media from the Cherokee Phoenix to the Present,” (with Will                                                    Chavez), Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
“Cherokee Animation and Language Technology,” University of Colorado   Boulder, Boulder CO
2016   
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Honolulu, HI
Native American Symposium, Tahlequah Ok 
UCLA, Class Presentation, Cherokee Culture and History    
2015   
Trail of Tears Annual Conference, Cape Girardeau, Mo                                                                    
Geo for Good, Google Inc., Mountain View, CA         
2014   
Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Letters Lecture Series, University of Central                                   
Oklahoma, Edmond, OK                                                   
2012   
Panel on Indigenous Animation, Native Crossroads: Film/Scholarship Activism,
 University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Cherokee Language and Technology Conference, Tahlequah, OK
Art and Technology, Doukan 7002 Gallery, Chicago, IL                  
Cherokee Technology, Northeastern University, Tahlequah, OK                             
2011    Digital Media and Native Culture, University of New Mexico, NM                                     
Cherokee IT Strategy, Apple Executive Briefing Center, Cupertino, CA                                             
Using Technology in a Cherokee Way, TribalNet, Phoenix, AZ                                                       
Using Technology in a Cherokee Way, Tahlequah, OK                                                                    
Unicode Consortium Conference, Santa Clara, CA                                                                                 
Personal Art Practices, FireGod Gallery, Albuquerque, NM                                                 
New Media in Indian Country, Gaylord College of Journalism, Norman, OK                                  
Cherokee Typography, TypeCon, New Orleans, LA                                                                   
Cherokee Technology, Northeastern University, Tahlequah, OK
                                   
2010   
Using Technology in a Cherokee Way, Microsoft, Redman, WA                                                     
Alumni in Entertainment, Penn Spectrum, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Cherokee Nation State of Sequoyah Commission, Tahlequah, OK
           
2009   
Digital Dialogue, Fred Jones Museum, Norman, OK                                    
Panel Discussion of Collection, Fred Jones Museum, Norman, OK
Cherokee Language Preservation, Apple Executive Briefing Center, Cupertino, CA
2008   
Cherokee Animation, Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York     
 
GRANTS and AWARDS
Cherokee Nation Community Leadership, 2016
Best Textile, Cherokee Homecoming Art Show, 2015
First Place, Trail of Tears Art Show, in Jewelry, 2015
National Park Service Grant, Remember the Removal Program, $15,000, 2015
First Place, Jewelry, Trail of Tears Cherokee Heritage Center, 2014
Sherman Chaddlesone Arts & Lecture Series, 2014
First Place, Painting, Trail of Tears Cherokee Heritage Center, 2011
First Place, Painting, Trail of Tears Cherokee Heritage Center, 2010
Judges Choice Award, Cherokee Homecoming Art Show, 2009
Cherokee Film Festival, Best Animated Film, 2007
 
COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS
Animation Cherokee Nation Natural Resources, Cherokee Nation
Copper Cherokee Gorgets Cherokee Tribal Council, Cherokee Nation
Copper Awards, Cherokee Community Outreach Awards
Modern Gourd, Fred Jones Museum, University of Oklahoma
Painting, Sequoyah Research Collection, University of Arkansas
Painting, Quartz Mountain Art Institute
Painting, Dr. Mark Allen Evert
Oklahoma City University School of Law Library
Copper Cherokee Gorgets, Cherokee Tribal Council, Cherokee Nation
Painting, Prints, Copper Jewelry, Cherokee Entertainment, Cherokee Nation
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, 2010-Current
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
Erb, Joseph, Joanna Hearne and Mark Palmer.  “‘They wanted cuss words, and we didn’t have them’: Origin stories in the genealogy of Cherokee language technology.”  Boundary 2 Online, special issue on “The Digital Turn” (accepted).
 
Hermes, M., Cash, P.C., Donaghy, K., Erb, J., & Penfield, S. (2016) New Domains for Indigenous Languages. In T. McCarty & S. Coronel-Molina, (Eds.), “Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas.” New York, NY: Routledge


CITATIONS ABOUT WORK (selected)
 
Evans, Murray. "Apple's Gadgets Help Preserve a Tribe's Endangered Language." Www.washingtonpost.com. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2010. Web.
 
HEADLEE, CELESTE. "Gmail Sends Message In Cherokee." NPR. NPR, 20 Nov. 2012. Web. 22 June 2017.
 
ICMN Staff. "Google It in Cherokee." Indian Country Media Network. Indian Country, 25 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 June 2017.
 
Ahtone, Heather. "Joseph Erb, Dreamcatcher 043." Www.dreamcatchermag.net. Dream Catcher, 14 Apr. 2013. Web. 22 June 2017.
 
Twist, Kade. "Indigenous Animation Movement Rising." 2007 September/October Feature: Animation. Native People's Magazine, 1 Nov. 2007. Web. 22 June 2017.
 
 
 
TEACHING
University of Missouri
2017 Spring
DST 2885 Digital Storytelling Animation Production 1
DST 1880 Introduction to Digital Storytelling
DST 4005 Topics: Documentary Animation
            Independent Study: Animating Stories
            2016 Fall
DST 2885 Digital Storytelling Animation Production 1
DST 1880 Introduction to Digital Storytelling
            Independent Study: Graphic Design
            Independent Study: Modeling and Rendering
2016 Spring
DST 2885 Digital Storytelling Animation Production 1 (2 sections)
DST 1880 Introduction to Digital Storytelling
           
            Guest lectures:
February 2017, “Cherokee Language Technology and the Expansion of Languages on Digital Devices” JOUR 3510, Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies (Prof. Monika Fischer)
 
February 2017, “Indigenous Digital Media,” English 8110: Global Indigenous Media, (Prof. Joanna Hearne)
 
April 2017, “Cherokee Music, Sound, and Ritual Dance,” World Music (Prof. Stephanie Shonekan)
 
Northeastern State University
2011 Fall         Instructor, Cherokee Language Technology
 
University of Pennsylvania
            2002 spring     Sculpture 1, Instructor
Animation 1, TA
 Fall     3D Design, TA
Animation 1, TA
 Spring            Animation 1, TA
Figure Sculpture, TA
 
UNIVERSITY SERVICE
University of Missouri
2017    Native American Heritage Month Committee (Chair)
            Strategic Enrollment Management Committee SEM
            Digital Storytelling Program Faculty Advisory Committee
            Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Faculty Advisory Committee
            (created a NAIS minor, pilot introductory course, and in-state tuition recruitment program for Native
             students)
            “MIZ in KC” and “Mizzou in St. Lou” talks for MU College of Arts & Science
             alumni in Kansas City and St. Louis, April 2017
           
2016    Digital Storytelling Program Faculty Advisory Committee
            Digital Storytelling and Film Studies Faculty Hiring Committee
            Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Faculty Advisory Committee
             (created a NAIS minor, pilot introductory course, and in-state tuition recruitment program for Native
            students)
             TRIO FIG Program faculty mentor
 
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, NATIONAL       
Board of Directors for the Remember the Removal Alumni, elected 2016
Board Member Elect, Trail of Tears Association of Oklahoma, elected 2015
Board Member, Cherokee Arts and Humanities, appointed 2008
Consultant, Remember the Removal Program, Cherokee Nation, 2015
Coordinator, Remember the Removal program, 2014 and 2015
Video and Digital Arts Instructor, Camp Cherokee, summers 2011-2014
Scholarships Committee, Cherokee Nation Foundation, 2003-2011
Animation Workshops, Smithsonian/National Museum of the American Indian, 2006-2008
Animation Storytelling Instructor, American Indian Resource Center, 2002-2006
Apple training workshops, Cherokee Immersion School, 2008-2010
CONSULTING
Osage Nation Language Department, Advisement on Unicode
Apple Inc., Advisement on Cherokee fonts and keyboards
Google, Advisement on Cherokee fonts, keyboards and localization projects for Google
Search Engine and Gmail
Mono-type, Advisement on Cherokee fonts
Cherokee Nation, Tsalagi Cultural Center
Cherokee Nation, Department of Natural Resources
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, joined 2016
Member, Unicode Consortium, joined 2011