February 12, 2013

Skyhawk named cultural ambassador

U.S. State Department Asks Sonny Skyhawk to Be Cultural AmbassadorSonny Skyhawk, Rosebud Sioux, an accomplished actor and activist, has been asked by the U.S. State Department to serve as a Cultural Ambassador representing Indian country around the world. His first visits will likely be to South America, the Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico.

As a Cultural Ambassador, Skyhawk will be for the most part an educator, sharing all aspects of Native American culture with people in other nations upon request. Talks could be geared toward, for example, indigenous peoples or the business communities of the countries he visits. He also aims to promote tourism and economic development by inviting people to come to visit reservations and traditional Indian lands within the borders of the United States.

Skyhawk is the founder of American Indians in Film and Television, and has spent his career trying to improve the depiction of American Indians in media as well as the treatment of Native actors in Hollywood.

"It is an honor to serve and represent my people, and I am humbled by the privilege," Skyhawk said. "It is my hope to continue fostering lasting bonds of understanding amongst all indigenous cultures in the Americas, and to nurture our ancient Lakota belief, which is 'mitakuya oyasin'--'we are all related.'"
Comment:  I've known Skyhawk for many years. He reads Newspaper Rock occasionally. I recently interviewed him for an article on his Hollywood advocacy.

For more on Sonny Skyhawk, see Native Diversity Meeting at NBC Universal and NIGA 2012 (Day 2).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's great that the government has people doing this important work. As the widespread appropriation shows, there is a fascination about Native Americans and it's good for people to learn the truth about modern Native culture, rather than a frozen 19th centure archetype filtered through Hollywood.