Litefoot receives SevenStar award

10/02/2015 02:00 PM
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Gary “Litefoot” Davis as Little Bear in “The Indian in the Cupboard.” Davis, a Cherokee Nation citizen, was honored with a Seven Star award on Sept. 26 by the Cherokee National Historical Society. 2015 LITEFOOT ENTERPRISES LLC
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – At the same time his most popular movie “The Indian in the Cupboard” is re-released, Gary “Litefoot” Davis is being honored by the Cherokee Nation.

Litefoot is a CN citizen actor, musician, author and entrepreneur. His many accomplishments led to him being honored with the SevenStar award on Sept. 26 by the Cherokee National Historical Society at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa. He received the award under the category of Contemporary Achievement.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by my own people to advance our rich history and culture,” Litefoot said. “My entire career has been devoted to empowering Native American people and recognizing our many accomplishments, and I hope to continue to play this most important role for many years in the future.”

Sept. 24 marked the 20th anniversary of the original release of the popular movie “The Indian in the Cupboard,” starring Litefoot as “Little Bear.” To mark the occasion, Sony Pictures has re-released the movie on Blu-Ray with new features including an interview with Litefoot reflecting on his iconic role and an archival “making-of” featurette.

“Little Bear is one of my most recognized and iconic roles with fans across the U.S. and the world,” said Litefoot. “‘The Indian in the Cupboard’s’ re-release on Blu-ray gives its many fans something new, and I hope a new generation comes to love this classic film and its new features.”

“The Indian in the Cupboard” is based on the popular children’s book of the same name written by Lynne Reid Banks. Its plot revolves around a boy (played by Hal Scardino) who discovers that his toys, including a Native American figurine named “Little Bear,” come to life inside a cupboard given to him for his birthday. It was Litefoot’s acting debut.

Reviewing the movie at the time for Newsweek, movie critic David Ansen said “… Litefoot, a Cherokee rap artist with no acting experience, is a delightful discovery. That [Scardino and Litefoot] generate such a convincing bond is no mean feat: the trick perspective required them to play all their scenes together solo. Their friendship is the film's most indelible special effect."

Since his debut, Litefoot has appeared in films such as “Mortal Kombat Annihilation” and “Adaptation,” as well as television shows “CSI: Miami” and “House of Cards.” Litefoot hit the entertainment scene in 1991, when he became the first American Indian rap artist with the release of “The Money E.P.” on his own recording label, Red Vinyl Records. He has won both “Album of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” honors from the Native American Music Awards. His music recently became available on iTunes.

His book, “The Medicine of Prayer,” is also available for purchase on his website He currently serves as president and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, a nonprofit that assists American Indian Tribes and entrepreneurs with business and economic development.


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