Native Actors & Movies

As the entertainment industry continues to evolve, the role of Native actors in movies has become increasingly important. More and more films are featuring Native actors in leading roles, showcasing the depth and range of their talents.

As more Native actors and filmmakers gain recognition in Hollywood, it is important to remember the challenges they face. Many Native actors struggle to find consistent work and are often typecast in stereotypical roles.

Additionally, funding for Native films can be difficult to obtain, making it a challenge for Native filmmakers to share their stories. Despite these challenges, Native actors and filmmakers continue to make their mark in the entertainment industry. Their stories and experiences are an important part of American culture, and their voices should be heard.

As audiences continue to demand diversity and representation in media, Native actors and filmmakers are poised to make an even greater impact in the years to come.

In addition to films starring Aboriginal actors, there are a growing number of films directed by Aboriginal people. One such filmmaker is Sterling Harjo, who directed the film “Mekko.” The film tells the story of a man who is released from prison and returns to his Native community, where he struggles to find his place in a changing world.

One film that has received critical acclaim is Wind River, a crime thriller set on an indigenous reservation. The film stars Jeremy Renner as a wildlife officer and Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent, both investigating a murder on a reservation. The film not only showcases the talents of Indigenous actors, but also sheds light on important issues faced by Indigenous communities.

Another film that caught my attention is Tsjava, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of a 19th-century trapper who is presumed dead by his companions. The film stars indigenous actor Forrest Goodluck in a supporting role and has been praised for its authenticity in depicting indigenous culture and history.  

Native American actors and actresses’ bios and news, native American movies and television documentaries.

Russell Means, native american activist, dead at age 72

Independent film explores history of Haskell Boarding School

Further Reading:
American Indian Actors Directory Guild – An A-to-Z listing of working Native American male and female actors, Hollywood Screen Actors Guild SAG Actors, NativeCelebs, Casting Photos, Modeling Pictures of Indigenous Actors, Models Head Shots Acting Portfolios, Professional Pictures.


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Actors, actresses and musicians you may not have known have native american heritage

With more than five million people of Native American descent living in the United States, it’s not surprising that many famous people who are in the arts and entertainment industries are members of one of the many tribes on record, or their ancestors were.

Chief Red Fox, Silent Film Actor

Tokalu Luta was born on 11 June 1870, on the Pine Ridge Reservation,Thunder Butte, in the Dakota Territory. He was a Ogala Lakota Sioux Native American. He became known as Chief William Red Fox. His father was Chief Black Eagle and his mother was White Swan, the sister of Chief Crazy Horse. Thus, he was a nephew of the famous Sioux leader Chief Crazy Horse.

Floyd Red Crow Westerman

Floyd Red Crow Westerman is probably best known for his role in the western epic ‘Dances with Wolves.’ Today, Westerman is also involved with other projects that bring awareness to subjects like the environment.

“Most people are now talking about sovereignty, we were talking about it way back then!” That’s the statement that Native American actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman said when talking about the American Indian Movement (AIM) and its goals toward making the Nation aware of Native American rights more than thirty years ago.

George Leach, Canadian actor from the Sta’atl’imx Nation
Geraldine Keams, Navajo actress
Gil Birmingham, Comanche actor
Graham Greene quick profile
Irene Bedard, Iñupiaq-Cree Actress
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Menominee actress Shelia Tousey
Mona Darkfeather, silent film actress
Moses Brings Plenty, Oglala Lakota
Nipo Strongheart, one of the first native american actors and a scholar
Saginaw Grant Biography
Tonantzin Carmelo, Tongva / Kumeyaay
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Wes Studi Filmography
Wes Studi, Cherokee actor