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First Nations Actors We Need To Watch

When searching for a list of First Nations actors, it is evident that there is a plethora of talent available.

There is a diverse group of beautiful men and women who deserve equal representation and are ready to showcase their astounding acting skills.

Unfortunately, many of these talented actors are often over looked or provided very little opportunity.  First Nations actors are almost always cast in supporting roles or relegated to the background, and are rarely allowed to speak or display their complexity and richness as human beings. Whatever character or role they do attain, tends to reveal itself only in terms of their interactions with White characters. Rarely is an Aboriginal/ First Nations characters portrayed as having personal strengths and weaknesses, or shown acting on his or her own values and judgements.

In many movie and TV productions the portrayals of Aboriginal people as being primitive, violent and devious, or passive and submissive, have become widespread in movies and TV programs. First Nations creatives are never permitted to tell their own stories, independently from a white main character’s experience. In 2016, this is unacceptable.

Motion Picture and TV studios have been painfully slow in evolving its backwards portrayal of First Nations peoples. A change is long overdue.

There are many First Nations actors who are more than capable of being leading men and women in contemporary stories that are relatable.

Is there a First Nations actor who you would like to see more on the big screen or on television?  Who are the First Nations actors or actresses you would like to see more in 2016?


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On Columbus Day

In school I was taught the names
Columbus, Cortez, and Pizzarro and
A dozen other filthy murderers.
A bloodline all the way to General Miles,
Daniel Boone and General Eisenhower.

No one mentioned the names
Of even a few of the victims.
But don’t you remember Chaske, whose spine
Was crushed so quickly by Mr. Pizzaro’s boot?
What words did he cry into the dust?

What was the familiar name
Of that young girl who danced so gracefully
That everyone in the village sang with her–
Before Cortez’ sword hacked off her arms
As she protested the burning of her sweetheart?

That young man’s name was Many Deeds,
And he had been a leader of a band of fighters
Called the Redstick Hummingbirds, who slowed
The march of Cortez’ army with only a few
Spears and stones which now lay still
In the mountains and remember.

Greenrock Woman was the name
Of that old lady who walked right up
And spat in Columbus’ face. We
must remember that, and remember
Laughing Otter the Taino who tried to stop
Columbus and who was taken away as a slave.
We never saw him again.

In school I learned of heroic discoveries
Made by liars and crooks. The courage
Of millions of sweet and true people
Was not commemorated.

Let us then declare a holiday
For ourselves, and make a parade that begins
With Columbus’ victims and continues
Even to our grandchildren who will be named
in their honor.

Because isn’t it true that even the summer
Grass here in this land whispers those names,
And every creek has accepted the responsibility
Of singing those names? And nothing can stop
The wind from howling those names around
The corners of the school.

Why else would the birds sing
So much sweeter here than in other lands?

– Columbus Day, by Jimmie Durham (Cherokee) (West End Press, 1983)


under the cut, you will find a list of native american & first nations fcs ! you will also find info of which tribe/nation they’re affiliated with beside their names. i made this because representation is very important and i’d love to see more people use native fcs in their rps.

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Chaske Spencer Is A One Man Movement

Chaske Spencer is best known to general audiences as Sam Uley, the leader of the wolf pack in the Twilight Saga films. Like Sam Uley, who transitions between man and wolf, the Oklahoma native seamlessly transitions between actor and philanthropist/activist.

As an actor, the former photography student and bartender got his start with small roles in critically acclaimed vehicles, such as Skins, and Dreamcatcher. His breakthrough role was in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries, Into the West.

Spencer followed up with his best known role to date–playing Sam Uley in The Twilight Saga. Recently, he landed a recurring role as police detective, Billy Raven in Banshee, a critically acclaimed crime drama.

More than an actor, Spencer is a community activist, who can be found advocating for First Nations causes. He’s a spokesman for United Global Shift, an organization focusing on the environment, employment, health and education among indigenous peoples, and he created his own project, Be The Shift, designed to help people take control of their communities.

 Other impressive things about Spencer? He created his own production company, Urban Dreams Productions, which aims to bring native stories to the screen, and recently returned to his photography roots with an exhibition of his work at the Dream Hotel in New York City.

Next up for the actor is Indian Summer, playing a U.S. marine who arrives in the Scottish highlands in the summer of 1967.

 For more on Spencer and his work, visit his website: and don’t forget to read the short stories he’s posted to the site.
National Twilight Night Interview: Chaske Spencer
On Wednesday September 14th, NTN President LaShawn “Shawn” Powell had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Twilight actor Chaske Spencer. We know him as “Sam”, the leader…

We got the chance to interview Chaske Spencer aka Sam Uley from the Twilight movies! come find out what he had to say at our blog.

Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, Chaske Spencer and Bill Camp have joined the cast of Woman Walks Ahead, Susanna White’s indie project based on the true story of Catherine Weldon, played by Jessica Chastain.

Penned by Locke’s Steven Knight and currently shooting in New Mexico, the movie follows the story of the 19th-century Brooklyn artist and activist who, in June 1889, travels to the Dakota Territory to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull, and soon becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land. Weldon wrote letters to the federal government on behalf of Sitting Bull behalf, and eventually lived on the land with her teenage son for several years, even though she was vilified by the press.