6 Beautiful Native Men Who Are Proud Of Their Culture
Native American models and actors: much more than pretty faces
1- Martin Sensmeier is more than a model, he is an advocate for some wonderful causes, an entertainer and an amazing individual in general.
Martin Sensmeier is from the Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan tribes of Alaska. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his people, while carrying on the subsistence lifestyle that has been sustained for thousands of years.
He is an ambassador for Native Wellness Institute and advocates for wellness amongst Native people of all Nations.
2- Michael Spears: Michael Spears (born December 28, 1977) is an American actor. He is a member of the Kul Wicasa Oyate Lakota (often called “Sioux”) Lower Brulé Tribe of South Dakota. Spears’s film credits include a major role as the character Dog Star in the 2005 Steven Spielberg-produced cable mini-series, Into the West, which aired on TNT. His debut role as the child character Otter, in the Academy-Award-winning 1990 film Dances with Wolves, also earned him national notice at thirteen years old. By the age of 17, Spears had acted in both TV and film with other actors, including Kevin Costner, Jimmy Smits and Kim Delaney.
3- Adam Beach (born November 11, 1972) is a Canadian First Nations actor. He is best known for his roles as Victor in Smoke Signals, Tommy in Walker, Texas Ranger, Kickin’ Wing in Joe Dirt, U.S. Marine Corporal Ira Hayes in Flags of Our Fathers, Private Ben Yahzee in Windtalkers, Dr. Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Chester Lake in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Officer Jim Chee in the film adaptations of Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits, and A Thief of Time. He is currently starring in Arctic Air.
4- Rick Mora Rick was born in LA and until the age of 7 lived on a farm with no electricity and only a wood burning stove. He returned to civilization (his words) at age 7 and later obtained his BA from California state university.
5- Michael Greyeyes (born June 4, 1967) is a Canadian actor, director, and educator. He is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. His father was from the Muskeg Lake First Nation and his mother was from the Sweetgrass First Nation, both located in Saskatchewan. His acting career began with a role in TNT “Geronimo” in 1993, and blossomed in numerous shows. He also co-hosted the 1999 Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
6- David Midthunder is from Fort Peck Indian Reservation Montana enrolled Tribal Member. He´s Hunkpapa Lakota, Hudeshabina Nakoda & Sissiton Dakota. He is a very impressive actor and has been involved in many film productions and series such as Comanche Moon ( as Famous shoes ) and Into the West ( White Crow ).
Buffalo back roaming Canada First Nation for first time in 150 years
Twenty-four buffalo including two bulls are making their home on a 365-hectare wooded lot on Cote First Nation 265 km east of Regina in Saskatchewan.
It’s the first time in 150 years that buffalo have roamed the Treaty 4 territory near Kamsack.
Hundreds of people were on hand Monday to welcome the return of the sacred animal, which was hunted to extinction by settlers after providing sustenance and shelter to the people of the plains for millennia.
The return to Cote is something Chief George Cote has been working towards for four years. He says First Nations people have fought to be where they are today.
“We’re really grateful that the buffalo is increasing in numbers as well, as a result of what happened in history,” he tells APTN News. “It’s something that you know Canada should know, non-First Nations people should know. We’re really proud how First Nations have worked with non-First Nations to bring the buffalo home.”
The buffalo is an act of reconciliation and were hauled over 900 km to their new home. They were donated by an Alberta rancher and two Christian charities,
Tearfund Canada and Loko Koa, a Samoan youth ministry, that is based in Saskatchewan. Cote is the third First Nation in the province to benefit. Peepeekisis and Zagime First Nations now have well-established herds.
Cote says there have been many difficult years, but First Nations people are resilient, like the buffalo.
So how do you tell the difference between buffalo and bison?
Bison have large humps at their shoulders and bigger heads than buffalo. They also have beards, as well as thick coats which they shed in the spring and early summer. Another simple way to tell a buffalo from a bison is to look at its horns. Cape buffalo horns resemble a handlebar mustache; they have a thick, helmet-like base and curl down, then back up.
A water buffalo’s horns are large, long and curved in a crescent, while a bison’s horns are typically sharp and shorter than the average buffalo’s.