American Native and First Nations Actors

American Native and First Nations Actors
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Gary Farmer
Actor, Dead Man
Gary Dale Farmer is a Canadian character actor with plenty of character. With over 100 Film and TV appearances attached to his resume, and plenty more in the pipeline, Gary has shown he can adapt easily to any genre when necessary. He was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, into the Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan...
 
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Adam Beach
Adam Beach was born in Ashern, Manitoba, the son of Sally and Dennis Beach, and was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve, with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to live with their grandmother and then with their uncle and aunt in Winnipeg...
 
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Wes Studi
Actor, Avatar
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves...
 
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Chaske Spencer
Chaske (pronounced Chess-Kay) Spencer was born in Oklahoma. He lived through his childhood in Montana, Kooskia (pronounced Kooskie), Idaho, Lapwai and Lewiston Idaho. (Lapwai and Lewiston are 20 min apart) He has two younger sisters. His mom is a teacher at a local Alternative High School, and his father is a Counselor at another High School...
 
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Michael Spears
Born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and resides in Montana he has five brothers, one sister and is Lakota Sioux Tribe. His first role was in the film "Dances With Wolves" as Otter. Michael went onto appear in "Skins", "Into The West", "Yellow Rock", guest role on "Longmire" and in Cyril Morin's "The Activist" He has an APA Award for best subject matter in a film...
 
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Carrie Madariaga
Actress, Ruser
Carrie Madariaga is of Basque, Luiseno, Polish and Scotch-Irish descents. Raised on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula California, where her ancestors have lived for over ten thousand years. Madariaga began began acting in San Diego ca., working with commercial Emmy award winning director Mario Ortiz...
 
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Tamara Podemski
Tamara Podemski is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto to an Ojibway mother and an Israeli father. She made her biggest mark with the film "Four Sheets to the Wind" when she won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, as well as an IFC Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2008...
 
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David Midthunder
David Midthunder is an enrolled tribal member at the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Indian Reservation in Montana. Midthunder graduated from Stewart Indian School in Nevada and went on to pursue a degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utah. He is best known for playing the leading role of "Famous Shoes" in Larry McMurtry's Comanche Moon...
 
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Tonantzin Carmelo
Actress, Into the West
Carmelo began her career as a native dancer and musician, recording 3 CDs with Canyon Records. She honed her acting craft in a myriad of professional theater productions, and is a member of the LA based professional theater company Native Voices, most recently as Lisa Yellowtree in the world premiere production of Carbon Black...
 
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Raoul Max Trujillo
Raoul Max Trujillo, aka Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon was born in Northern New Mexico. He is a mixed blood descendant of Ute,Apache,Comanche, Pueblo, Tlascalan, French, Sephardic Jew and Andalusian Moor. After high school, he spent three years serving in the military in Germany. After his discharge...
 
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Gil Birmingham
Actor, Twilight
Gil Birmingham is an American actor of Comanche ancestry, best known for his portrayal of Billy Black in the The Twilight Saga film series. Birmingham was born in San Antonio, Texas. His family moved frequently during his childhood, due to his father's career in the military. He learned to play the guitar at an early age and considers music his "first love"...
 
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Russell Means
Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination...
 
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Georgina Lightning
Georgina Lightning brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer, director and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh, the Oath and Smoke Signals among countless others. Lightning has also guest starred in T.V. episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and West Wing...
 
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Crystle Lightning
Crystle Lightning is everything that her given name implies: a clear bolt of penetrating energy. This vivacious young beauty co-stars in the fourth installment of the American Pie movie franchise American Pie 4: Band Camp and is on track to become one of the most talked about young women in Hollywood...
 
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Roseanne Supernault
Actress, Blackstone
Roseanne Supernault is an Actress originally from East Prairie Metis Settlement, Canada. Born in northern Alberta to a Politician Father and Artist Mother, her eclectic upbringing included classical training in art, theatre, and dance; practicing and sustaining her cultural hunting & land rights as...
 
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Ruben Chato Hinojosa Jr.
Actor, Ruser
Ruben Chato Hinojosa was raised in Texas and reservations, is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Nation Tribe of Texas,and proud heritage of the Mescalero Apache tribe. He is a Actor, Artist, Writer, Traditional American Indian Flute performer,Sculptor, and creator of Warrior Bone Knives. Recent films "A Sierra Nevada Gunfight" with Micheal Madsen 2013...
 
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Saginaw Grant
Saginaw is the Hereditary Chief and a respected member of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations. In 1936, Saginaw Morgan Grant was born to Sarah and Austin Grant Sr. at Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He was raised on a farm in Cushing, Oklahoma with two brothers and one sister...
 
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Tantoo Cardinal
Actress Tantoo Cardinal, a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes Cardinal for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada. Arguably the most widely recognized Native Actress of her generation; Tantoo has appeared in numerous plays...
 
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Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman
A renowned American Indian activist-singer-songwriter.
 
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Rodney A. Grant
Native American actor, Rodney Arnold Grant was born the 9th of March, 1959. After his biological parents abandoned him, his grandparents raised him from 6 months of age, up until 1982. Rodney has five adult children: three daughters from his ex-wife, all of which were raised by their mother, and two sons from previous relationships...
 
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Alex Rice
By birth, actress Alex Rice is a Mohawk. She continues to be an active and proud member of the Kahnawake First Nation throughout her career. Though she was born in Quebec, Alex spend the majority of her childhood in Brooklyn, New York among a community of Mohawk iron workers, where she trained to become a professional dancer...
 
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Kiowa Gordon
Kiowa Gordon was born on March 25, 1990 in Berlin, Germany as Kiowa Joseph Gordon. Moved to the States shortly after to live on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Peach Springs, AZ and moved around quite a bit growing up until settling down in Phoenix, AZ where he landed the role of Embry Call in The Twilight Saga...
 
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Shauna Baker
Canadian born, Shauna Baker was raised by her Dené Grandmother on a reservation in northern Canada. Shauna was extensively involved in business before her entertainment career began. Despite her success in the corporate world, she instinctively knew she was not following her dreams. Shauna started modeling, then moved to hosting and then fell in love with the dramatic arts...
 
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Shannon Baker
Shannon Baker is Carrier Dene of the Stellat'en First Nation reservation in northern British Columbia. She has an identical twin sister named Shauna. She resides in Los Angeles, California. Her and her twin sister are collectively known as 'The Baker Twins'. As an actor, model, and spokesperson Shannon Baker has been featured on a variety of television shows...
 
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Brianna Womick
Brianna Womick is an actress, stunt performer, & dancer from Illinois. She has been performing from the time she was 3 years old on stage, on camera, & in front of live audiences in large venues all over the country. Brianna is just as appealing on the inside & as she is on the outside with her Midwest sincerity & charm...
 
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Will Sampson
A Native American actor of the Creek Nation, Sampson's "big break" came from his memorable role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales. He had supporting roles in Orca, The White Buffalo and Fish Hawk. In 1986...
 
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Sheldon Peters Wolfchild
Born in 1946 in Minnesota, Sheldon grew up on the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation being the youngest of eight children. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Ray-Vogue School of Design in Chicago, Illinois from 1965 to 1969. Drafted into the military in 1969...
 
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Gordon Tootoosis
A Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent, Gordon Tootosis made his film debut in the western film Alien Thunder with Donald Sutherland and Chief Dan George. Tootoosis holds several acting roles in television and movies, including the role of 'One Stab' in Legends of the Fall, the role of 'Growling Bear'...
 
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