Hollywood has always known how it likes its Indians: drunk, dressed in feathers, or getting killed off by the cavalry. But late last week nearly a dozen Native actors walked off the set of a western parody starring Adam Sandler, citing racism, sexism and derogatory jokes about Native people in the script. Within hours #NotYourHollywoodIndian began trending on social media, sparking a national conversation on what it means to be an Indigenous person in front of the camera. The expectations for Native actors, the changes to the industry that may be coming, and why the actors that walked out took those roles in the first place, on the next, Native America Calling.
Allie Young (Navajo) – one of the actors who walked off the set of the movie Ridiculous Six she is also the co-founder of the Survival of the First Voices Festival.
Delanna Studi (Cherokee Nation) – actor
Jeremiah Bitsui (Navajo/Omaha) business man and – actor.
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