Tuesday, May 09, 2006

14th FAITA Review

14th FAITA Review: "All three rings ablaze at Greatest Show On Indian Earth
14th Annual First Americans In The Arts awards
By Leta Rector
BEVERLY HILLS � The Beverly Hilton Hotel chandeliers were a dimmed a little Saturday night. No, no one hit the lightswitch by accident. It�s just that Indian Country of Hollywood�s brightest, best, and beautiful dazzled the hall for the 14th annual First Americans In the Arts awards show. Wes Studi, Nakota LaRance, Tonantzin Carmelo, Zahn McClarnon, DeLanna Studi, Elena Finney, Tyler Christopher and Quese IMC, among others, lit up the Hilton with their talent and with the BLING! ABC-TV �Extreme Makeover Home Edition� and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were recipients of special awards bestowed by FAITA."

The list of presenters and those in the audience also was a Who’s Who: Floyd Westerman (looking, talking, breathing and feeling much better after last year’s lung transplant), Saginaw Grant, Rick Schroder, Charlie Hill, beauty/actress Kateri Walker, producer Valerie Redhorse, triple threat actress, dancer, singer Thirza Defoe, publisher Loren Tapahe, The Autry Museum’s Native Voices’ directors Randy Reinholz and Jean Bruce Scott, actress Maree Cheatham, actress/singer Maura Dhu, producer Dina Huntinghorse and photographer Nancy Larson were other luminaries.
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