Sashen Little FeatherThe actress and Native American activist contributed to one of the biggest Oscar moments of all time, but weeks after her death, her sisters called her an imposter.
Two sisters of Little Feather, Trudy Orlandi When Rosalind Cruzspoke with Native American journalists and activists Jacqueline Keeler for a piece Featured in San Francisco Chronicle. Keeler is best known for co-creating the #NotYourMascot hashtag in 2013 and running a list called “Pretendians.” American Indian heritage.
During the interview, Cruz and Orlandi argued that Littlefeather’s father’s claim to Apache and Yaqui ancestry was false.
“No lie. My father was him. His family is from Mexico. And my father was born in Oxnard, California,” Orlandi said, before Cruz said, “That’s a scam.” I am disgusted by the heritage of the people of the tribe, and it only insults my parents.”
“I mean, you’re not going to be a Mexican-American princess,” Orlandi said of her sister’s false claim, adding, “You’re going to be an American Indian princess. It was more prestigious to be an American Indian than to be of descent.”
The article also traces Littlefeather’s family tree, and Keeler points out that there is no evidence of Native American roots.
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Little Feather had previously claimed to have experienced poverty and abuse from his father as a child, but this was also shut down by his sisters, who are raising their voices to revive their father’s name.
“My father was deaf and lost his hearing to meningitis when he was nine years old. He was born into a poor family. His father, George Cruz, was violent and used to beat him. He was handed over to an orphanage, but his sister Sashen accepted what had happened to him.She lived in an illusion and died in an illusion.”
Littlefeather made the statement at the 1973 Academy Awards ceremony in a speech declining the Best Actor award. godfatherof Marlon Brando, It faced quick and violent backlash and criticism.
She died on October 2 at the age of 75 from breast cancer.
Before her death, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars, formally apologized to activists for how they treated her at the awards ceremony. are very patient people – it’s only been 50 years! We always have to keep our sense of humor about this.
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