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Academy Museum welcomes Sacheen Littlefeather
For an evening of conversation, healing,
And party September 17

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced today an evening with Sacheen Littlefeather, a very special program for conversation, reflection, healing and celebration with Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui/Az) on September 17, 2022.

In 1973, Sacheen Littlefeather, member of the Screen Actors Guild, became the first Aboriginal woman to go on stage during the Oscars® ceremony, on behalf of Marlon Brando. At his request, Littlefeather did not accept the price for the best Brando actor for The Godfather And delivered a 60 -second passionate speech on the stereotypes of the Amerindians in the entertainment industry. She also drew attention to the demonstration of Wounded Knee in 1973 in southern Dakota. This moment led him to be professionally boycotted, personally attacked and harassed and discriminated against in the past 50 years.

Littlefeather’s speech is highlighted in the museum’s Oscars’ history gallery, and she was interviewed this spring by Jacqueline Stewart, director and president of the Academy Museum, for the episode of the podcast of the museum of the museum ‘Academy “Marlon Brando cannot accept this very generous prize” on the Oscars of 1973 ®, the article A.Frame of the Academy and a visual history within the framework of the oral history projects of the Academy (in appear in September 2022). In June, Littlefeather received an apology declaration, signed by the former president of the Academy, David Rubin. The apologies are available in their entirety below.

“As for the apologies the Academy has given me, we Indians are very patient people – it’s only been 50 years! We have to keep our sense of humor about it at all times. This is our survival method, ”said Littlefeather. “I would never have thought that I would live long enough for this program to take place, featuring such wonderful Aboriginal artists and Bird RunningWater, a television and cinema producer who also guided the commitment of the institute towards the Aboriginal filmmakers for twenty years through the Laboratories of the Institute. And Film Film of Sundance. It is a dream come true. It is deeply encouraging to see how everything has changed since I did not accept The Oscar 50 years ago. I am so proud of each person who will appear on stage.

Jacqueline Stewart, director and president of the Academy Museum, said: “We are delighted and honored that Sacheen has so generously chose to engage with the museum and the academy to reflect on her trying Oscars of 1973. Our Acknowledgments go to Bird Runningwater and Heather Rae for helping us maintain our darling relationship with Sacheen. We hope that our September 17 event will offer Sacheen and our audience a moment of collective healing and a new way to follow.

An evening with Sacheen Littlefeather will encourage reflection on the 1973 historic evening and focus on a future based on healing and celebration. The event, scheduled by Sacheen Littlefeather and produced by Amy Homma, vice-president of education and the public commitment of the Academy of the Academy, is part of the Museum’s continuous commitment to create Programs and exhibitions in partnership with cinema artists and communities that shed light on the entertainment industry and open the way to a significant change in its future.

The program of the evening will include a recognition of the land with the kind authorization of Virginia Carmelo (Tongva / So. CA), a reading of the Academy’s letter of apology, Amerindian performances and a conversation between Littlefeather and Academy Member, producer and co-president of the indigenous Bird RunningWater Alliance of the Academy (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache/Nm). Among the other performers and speakers will appear the CEO of the Academy, Bill Kramer, the traditional singer and singer Calina Lawrence (Suquamish/Wa), the former president of the Academy David Rubin and the new president of the Academy Janet Yang , the master of ceremonies Earl Neconie (Kiowa/Ok), the mistress of ceremonies Jacqueline Stewart, the member of the assembly James Ramos (Serrano/Cahuilla/So.), The San Manuel Bird Singers (San Manuel/Ca), Michael Bellanger (Ojibiway/Mn & Kickapoo/OK) and the All Nation Singers and Dancers, and Steve Bohay (Kiowa/OK) and the singers and dancers of Sooner Nation.

Tickets are free for the public and available on the Academy Museum website. One must reserve.


June 18, 2022

Dear Sacheen Littlefeather,

I write to you today a letter that took a long time to arrive on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with humble acknowledgment of your experience at the 45th Academy Awards.

As you stood on the Oscars stage in 1973 not to accept the Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, in recognition of the film industry’s misrepresentation and mistreatment of Native Americans, you made a powerful statement. which continues to remind us of the need for respect and the importance of human dignity.

The abuse you suffered because of this statement was unwarranted and unwarranted. The emotional burden you have experienced and the cost of your own career in our industry is irreparable. For too long, the courage you have shown has gone unrecognized. For this, we offer you both our most sincere apologies and our sincere admiration.

We cannot carry out the mission of the Academy of “inspire imagination and connect the world through cinema” without a commitment to facilitate the widest representation and inclusion reflecting our diversified world population.

Today, nearly 50 years later, and under the leadership of the Academy’s Indigenous Alliance, we stand firm in our commitment to ensuring Indigenous voices – the original storytellers – are visible and respected contributors. of the global film community. We are committed to fostering a more inclusive and respectful industry that relies on a balance between art and activism to drive progress.

We hope you receive this letter in a spirit of reconciliation and as recognition of your essential role in our journey as an organization. You are forever respectfully anchored in our history.

With my best regards,

david rubin
President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Image: Sacheen Littlefeather, 1973, © Globe Photos/Zuma Press

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Academy Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to the arts, sciences and cinema artists. The museum advances the understanding, celebration and preservation of cinema thanks to exhibitions, projections, programs, initiatives and inclusive and accessible collections. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, winner of the Pritzker Prize, the museum campus contains the historic and revitalized Saban building – formerly known as the May Company building (1939) – and a booming spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two ultramodern theaters, the Shirley Temple Education Studio and magnificent free public spaces open to the public. These include the Place de la Walt Disney Company and the Grand Hall Sidney Poitier, which houses the gallery of the Spielberg family, the Academy Museum store and the restaurant and coffee of Fanny. The exhibition galleries of the Academy Museum are open seven days a week, from Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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