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CONGRATULATIONS WES STUDI
ON BECOMING THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN TO RECEIVE AN OSCAR
Wes Studi will be the first Native American to receive an Oscar. There have been Native American acting nominees - Graham Greene in Dances With Wolves, Chief Dan George in Little Big Man – and Buffy Sainte-Marie shared an Original Song Oscar for “Up Where We Belong” from An Officer And A Gentleman, but no one has ever won. Most famously, back in 1973 Marlon Brando turned down his Oscar award for “The Godfather” because of Hollywood’s stereotypical treatment of Native peoples. Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather, Apache, in his place to explain the reasons for his rejection.
Wes Studi will receive an Oscar “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences. The Honorary Award is not called a lifetime achievement award by the Academy, but it is often given for a life’s work in film.
NOMINATION SUBMISSION PERIOD NOW CLOSED
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First Nomination Ballot To Be Sent To Advisory Members July 1st
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JESSE ED DAVIS
JESSE ED DAVIS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME
The Native American Music Awards & Association is very proud to announce that Jesse Ed Davis was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame during the 18th Annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) ceremony on Friday, October 12th at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
ABOUT JESSE ED DAVIS: Jesse Ed Davis was one of music’s most distinctive and influential guitarists of the late ' 60s and early '70s. Whether it was blues, country, or rock, Jesse’s' impressive guitar playing was featured on numerous albums by such artists as; Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, John Lennon, George Harrison, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker and Rod Stewart as well as on his own. Born in Norman Oklahma, Jesse's father was Comanche and his mother was Kiowa. Jesse's two sisters accepted Jesse's award on his behalf, and his Graffitti Band members Mark Shark & Quiltman performed a tribute.
Jesse Ed Davis joins an impressive array of previous Hall of Fame inductees as: Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Redbone, Nokie Edwards, Taboo, Jim Pepper, Hank Williams, Buddy Red Bow, Jim Pepper & more. Jesse & many of these NAMA inductees were recently featured in "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World" with NAMA Lifetime Achievement recipient Stevie Salas as Executive Producer.
For more visit our Hall of Fame page.