Many probably recognize Russell Means from films like Last of the Mohicans and Natural Born Killers, but he was much more than an actor. “He was a cultural, political, artistic and visionary American Indian leader, described during his life as ‘the most famous American Indian of the 20th century,’” says a press release announcing the upcoming celebration of Means’ life.
Means walked on October 22, 2012, but this week his family, friends and allies will host Mitakuye Oyasin—Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Russell Means, a series of events in Denver, Colorado to remember and honor his contributions.
Pearl and Russell Means in 2011. (Photo Courtesy Pearl Means)
There will be a Russell Means Art Exhibition on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Denver in the Driscoll Student Center, 2055 E. Evans Ave. Attendees can see some of Means’ most famous etchings and paintings and get a copy of Means’ final book, If You’ve Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You’ve Lost Your Way, signed by his wife, Pearl.
On November 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attend a Symposium Discussing the Life and Legacy of Russell Means at the University of Colorado at Denver/Auraria Campus in the Tivoli Student Center, Rooms 320 A, B, C. The symposium will examine Means’ life from Wounded Knee to Hollywood.
That evening there will be a screening of Days and Nights, the last film Means appeared in, at 7 p.m. at the SIE FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. The film is a modern retelling of Chekhov’s The Seagull and also stars William Hurt, Allison Janney and Katie Holmes.
There will be a Gala Fundraising Dinner on November 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. This event will celebrate the creation of the Russell Means Library on the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation.
A public honoring for Means will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 1 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 2285 S. Federal Blvd. There will be guest speakers, Lakota drum, and a video presentation from The Russell Means Documentary.
For more information on all of these events, visit RussellMeansHonoring-Denver.com.