Native Americans in Film

November 19, 2015

Hello! November is Native American Indian Heritage Month. This is the final look at Native Americans in another art form, today it’s film. Here are four who have and are still putting their mark in the film industry.


Irene Bedard

She has portrayed many Native American characters in films. If you can recall, she provided the voice for Pocahontas in the 1995 Disney film, Pocahontas. She also appeared in Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, Smoke Signals, and Wildflowers. Bedard is known for bringing powerful emotional performances to her characters. Bedard is of Inupiat, Yupik, Inuit, Cree, and Metis ancestry.



Russell Means

Means not only was an actor, but he was also political activist. He appeared in numerous films such as The Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers. He also dabbled in music and published an autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread. The book recounted his personal family struggles. He became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) after joining the organization in 1968. He was of Yankton Dakota (mother) and Oglala Lakota (father) ancestry.


Wes Studi

A full-blooded Cherokee award-winning actor and film producer, Studi has appeared in numerous films, such as Dances With Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, Geronimo: An American Legend, and Avatar.


Julia Jones

Jones has appeared in films such as Black Cloud, Jonah Hex, and Missed Connections. She portrayed Leah Clearwater in Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 and 2. Jones is of Choctaw, Chickasaw, and African-American descent.





Hope you enjoyed this little tidbit of information into Native Americans in all art forms. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday and be blessed.





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