Mwalim (Morgan James Peters) is a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal member, a founding member of the tribe's education committee, and has been an educator for over 22 years. His classrooms have included libraries, museums, schools, colleges, universities, community programs, arts academies and facilities.
He is a tenured associate professor of English and the Director of Black Studies at the University of Mass Dartmouth. He is also an alternate advisory board member for the federal Bureau of Indian Education's committee on special education.
Early in his career he was a substitute teacher for the Mashpee Public Schools, and is a previous consultant to the Smithsonian/ Museum of the American Indian, and a member of the Parent Committee for Indian Education in Mashpee. He is also a keeper of the 'Ahanaeenun' or 'sacred clown' tradition of the Wampanoag people. In 2011 he was named 'Educator of the Year' by the Cape Cod NAACP.