After landing the lead Thunder Heart Woman role in Steven Spielberg’s TNT’s Emmy and Golden Globes-winning epic miniseries Into the West, Tonantzin’s career as an actress emerged. Today she has starred in more than 28 films (IMDB source), and serves as a mentor for the Los Angeles-based theater group Native Voices at The Autry, where … Continue reading Getting to know Los Angeles Tongva Actress — Tonantzin Carmelo
My love of this city is shown in the photographs I take. One place in particular that I love is Union Station. I love Union Station for two personal reasons. First, because it’s beautiful and has a deep history to Los Angeles that has been preserved since 1939.
When I began sharing that I was Diné (Navajo), most folks didn’t know what that meant, so I had to say American Indian or Native American. Then I would get a slew of different responses like, “Oh, I thought all Indians were dead.” Or, “You mean like Pocahontas?”
My Once Life is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples.
Meet the handsome and dapper young Native American men that are part of this series #RealNDNZRetakeHollywood
The beautiful young Native American women that are part of this series #RealNDNZRetakeHollywood - See more photos from Aug 4th - Aug 7th at These Days LA - 118 Winston Street, DTLA.
Real NDNZ Re-Take Hollywood, showcases photographs that disrupt and decolonize clichéd portrayals of the “Hollywood Indian.” The series "re-takes," classic portraits of movie stars of yesteryear with contemporary Native American actors in Los Angeles.
Leaving was the beginning, but eventually I came to understand that it wasn’t enough. I needed to go back to school. This may seem obvious, but to me it wasn’t. Higher education was never a value instilled in me—my parents only told me to find a job and not depend on others.
As a Navajo living in the city, I want our history to be remembered and acknowledge. We are part of Los Angeles History too!
These two images were part of the of Girls Girls Girls photo exhibit in Los Angeles, California. #1650GalleryStudio #Photography #LAWomen