Our top story this year in arts and entertainment is a gracious hat tip to an iconic Indian Country entertainer who took Hollywood by storm and was affectionately known as “The Cherokee Kid.”
Earlier this year, the Cherokee Nation agreed to buy Will Rogers’ historic home and family ranch in northeastern Oklahoma. The tribe has promised restoration and repairs to the location to secure a place in history.
The tribe held a formal event to announce the historic transfer. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. called Rogers a “powerful social critic and commentator” and someone who “always embraced his culture and his tribe.”
“No matter how popular he was, Will Rogers was always a Cherokee,” Hoskin said.
A top music story featured the '70s musical group Redbone, which rereleased its hit song “Come and get your love” along with a new video.
Other popular topics in entertainment and lifestyles: the animated show “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and its ties to Indigenous communities; the Martin Scorcese film “Killers of the Flower Moon,” which was financed by Apple and is now in the works; and a Navajo grandma who is a barista and fills orders to an appreciative crowd.
Readers also were interested in upcoming Native-themed films from the “Women Make Movies” organization; an Indigenous list compiled by Indian Country Today national correspondent Dalton Walker at the beginning of the COVID crisis; a #NativeNerd review on four fun movies; and a new and exciting Netflix series starring Native kids as “Spirit Rangers.” The animated series, created by Chumash tribal citizen Karissa Valencia, is slated to arrive sometime in 2022.
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Vincent Schilling, Akwesasne Mohawk, is associate editor at Indian Country Today. He enjoys creating media, technology, computers, comics, and movies. He is a film critic and writes the #NativeNerd column. Twitter @VinceSchilling. TikTok @VinceSchilling. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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