Studi to be inducted into Hall of Fame of Great Western Performers
OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is set to induct Wes Studi into the Hall of Great Western Performers during its annual Western Heritage Awards on April 20.
The event honors principal creators in 16 categories of Western music, literature, television and film. For induction into the Hall of Great Western Performers, actors must have made significant contributions to the perpetuation of the Western film, radio or theater.
Studi is a native Oklahoman, a Vietnam veteran, sculptor, musician, author, activist and full-blooded Cherokee who is a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band. He is best known for his roles in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Heat” and James Cameron’s “Avatar.”
Studi was born in Nofire Hollow in 1946 as the eldest son of a ranch hand. He spoke only Cherokee until he was 5 when he was sent to Chilocco Indian School in northern Oklahoma where he remained until graduating from high school.
He was drafted into the Army and served 18 months in South Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta. After an honorable discharge, Studi became involved with Native American politics.
Later he enrolled at Tulsa Junior College on the G.I. Bill, where he helped start a Cherokee newspaper. During his college years, he began teaching the Cherokee language professionally.
After college, he shifted his attention to running his horse ranch and became a professional horse trainer. In 1983, he began acting at the American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa. In 1988, he landed his first film role in “Powwow Highway” and made his TV debut in a small role in the ABC movie, “Longarm.” It was after Studi’s role in the 1988 PBS production “The Trial of Standing Bear” that he realized his passion for acting.
In 1990, he landed the role of the Pawnee warrior in “Dances with Wolves.” Two years later, Studi was cast in the role he is most famous for as Magua in “The Last of the Mohicans.” In addition to a long list of film credits, his varied interests include sculpture, tennis and jazz guitar. He is an internationally recognized expert in indigenous languages and has worked as a language consultant on several films. Studi, and his wife Maura Dhu, a singer and writer, live in Santa Fe, N.M., and perform in a local six-piece band called Firecat of Discord. They have one son.
For reservations or more information about the 2013 Western Heritage Awards, call 405-478-2250 or go to www.nationalcowboymuseum.org
ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ - ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏗᏂᏍᏜᏗᏍᎩ &ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎤᏪᏘᏃ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏛᏅᏍᏓ ᎤᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ Wes Studi ᎾᎿ ᎦᎳᏅᏛᎢ ᎠᏃᏍᏓ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏳᏓᎳ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅ ᏥᎨᏥᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎧᏬᏂ 20 ᎧᎸᎢ . ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏗᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏄᏂᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ 16 ᏂᏚᎾᏓᎴᎠ ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗ , ᏗᏃᏪᎵᏍᎩ , ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ . ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎡᎵ ᎬᏩᎾᏓᏁᎳᏗᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎳᏅᏛᎢ ᎠᏃᏍᏓ ᎠᎾᏛᏁᎵᏍᎩ, ᎠᎾᏗᏁᎵᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏎᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎸᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᏂᎬᏂᎯᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏓᏟᎶᏍᏗᏍᎩ , radio, or theater. Studi Ꮓ ᏁᎯᏴᎢ ᏄᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎡᎯ , Vietnam ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ , ᎠᏲᏝᎾᏍᎩ , ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ, ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ, ᏗᏙᎩᏯᏛ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎧᎵᎢ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ ᎨᎳ . ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎢᎦᏂᏔ “dances with wolves ,” ᎤᏖᎳᏛᎢ “last of the Mohicans ,” Heat” ᎠᎴ James Camerons “avtar, ‘
Studi Ꮓ ᏄᏬᏛᎾ ᎤᎨᏓᎵᏴᎢ ᎤᏕᏅᎢ 1946 ᎤᏓᏂᎳᎨᏃ ᎠᏧᏣ . ᏣᎳᎩᏃ ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ 5 ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ Chilocco ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎬᏅᏔᏅᎢ ᎤᏴᏢ ᎢᏗᏜ ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ ᎲᎾᏃ ᏪᎮᎢ ᏫᏓᏍᏆᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎪᎲᏓ .
ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏥᏯᏅᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ 18 ᏱᏅᏓ ᏪᎮᎢ ᎤᎦᎾᏭᎢ Vietnam ᎥᎿᏃ 9th infantry division ᎾᎿᎢ Mekong Delta . ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏔᏁᏃ ᏓᏥᏲᏎᎢ , studi Z ᎤᏪᎳᏗᏙᎸᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏴᎢ ᏓᎾᏙᎩᏯᏍᎬᎢ .
ᎤᏩᎬᏗᏗᏒᏃ ᎤᏖᎳᏛᎢ Ꮤ ᎸᏏᎢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏃ G.I. Bill, ᎥᎾᏃ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᎮᎢ ᎤᎾᎴᏗᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎦᏃᏣᏢᏍᎩ . ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎲᎢ ,ᎤᎴᏅᎮᎢ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬᎢ . ᎤᏍᏆᏓ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᎲᎢ , ᎤᎴᏅᎮᎢ ᏐᏈᎵ ᏚᎦᏎᏍᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏐᏈᎵ ᏗᎵᏏᎾᏫᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ . ᎾᎲᏳᏃ 1983 , ᎤᎴᏅᎮᎢ ᎠᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿᎢ ᎠᎺᎵᎧ ᏅᏁᎲᏴᎢ ᎤᎾᏛᏁᏟᏗᎢ compony ᎾᎿᎢ ᏔᎸᏏᎢ . 1988, ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᎤᏪᎵᏕᎢ ᎠᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ “powwow Highway” ᎠᎴ ABC ᎠᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ , “ longarm.” ᎣᏂᏴᏃ studi 1988 ᎤᏪᎸᏛᎢ PBS ᎠᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ “Standing Bear” ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎤᎸᏉᏔᏁᎢ ᎤᏛᏁᏟᏗᎢ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩᎢ.
ᎾᎯᏳᏃ 1990 , ᎠᏛᏁᎵᏍᎬᎢ Pownee ᏓᎿᏩ ᏗᏟᎯ “Dances with Wolves,” ᏔᎵᏃ ᏫᏄᏕᏘᏴᎭ , Studi Ꮓ ᎤᏛᏁᎸᏁᎢ Magua ᎤᏤᎸᏅᎢ ᎾᎿᎢ “last of the Mohicans,” ᎠᎴ ᎬᏩᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎤᎪᏗᏓ ᏗᏓᏯᎳᏗᏍᎩ , ᎠᎴ ᎤᎸᏉᏛᎢ ᎤᏲᏢᏅᏗᎢ , Tinnis ᎠᎴ jazz guitar. ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᎾᏛ ᎠᎪᎵᏨᎢ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏅᏁᎯᏴᎢ ᏗᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎦᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎦᏔᎯ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᏗᏓᏴᎳᏗᏍᎩ, Studi, ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᎵᎢ Maura Dhu , ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎵᏍᎩ, Santa Fe, N.M. , ᎠᎴ ᏓᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎡᏍᎦᏂᏭ ᏑᏓᎵ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᏗᏂᏃᎩᏍᏗᏍᎩ Firecat of Discord. ᏌᏊᏃ ᎠᏧᏣ ᎡᎭ ᎤᏁᏥ . ᏱᏣᏚᎵᏃ ᎤᎪᏗᏓ ᏣᏕᎳᎰᎯᏍᏗᎢ 2013 western Heritage Awards , ᏫᏓᏟᏃᎮᏗ 405-478-2250 ᎠᎴ ᏫᎪᏩᏛᏗ www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.