The creators of the event (founded in Paris 15 years ago) have, on various occasions, paid tribute and recognition to the culture and philosophy of American Indian Nations, because of their endemic struggle to protect and and take care of Mother Earth.
For its first US launch, and for future events, the Festival has chosen to pay homage and present a strong cultural presence on behalf of American Indians.
If Kirk and Picard are to be honored, what about Miramanee and Chakotay? Shouldn't they be there too?
What about SF writer Russell Bates? He could represent Ensign Walking Bear, his creation.
And what about Kennewick Man? He could stand in for Picard if Patrick Stewart can't make it.
Ted Turner but not Kevin Costner or Graham Greene? Tony Curtis (perhaps for portraying Ira Hayes) but not Adam Beach? Couldn't they find a single Indian star to honor?
Below: Walking Bear, Kirk as an Indian wannabe, and Chakotay.