NEW YORK — Almost 50 years after Sacheen Littlefeather stood on the Academy Awards stage on behalf of Marlon Brando to talk about the depiction of Native Individuals in Hollywood movies, the Academy of Movement Photos Arts and Sciences apologized to her for the abuse she endured.
The Academy Museum of Movement Photos on Monday mentioned that it’s going to host Littlefeather, now 75, for a night of “dialog, therapeutic and celebration” on Sept. 17.
When Brando gained finest actor for The Godfather, Littlefeather, carrying buckskin costume and moccasins, took the stage, turning into the primary Native American lady ever to take action on the Academy Awards. In a 60-second speech, she defined that Brando couldn’t settle for the award attributable to “the therapy of American Indians right now by the movie trade.”
Some within the viewers booed her. John Wayne, who was backstage on the time, was reportedly livid. The 1973 Oscars have been held throughout the American Indian Motion’s two-month occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Within the years since, Littlefeather has mentioned she’s been mocked, discriminated in opposition to and personally attacked for her temporary Academy Awards look.
In making the announcement, the Academy Museum shared a letter despatched June 18 to Littlefeather by David Rubin, academy president, concerning the iconic Oscar second. Rubin known as Littlefeather’s speech “a robust assertion that continues to remind us of the need of respect and the significance of human dignity.”
“The abuse you endured due to this assertion was unwarranted and unjustified,” wrote Rubin. “The emotional burden you will have lived by means of and the price to your individual profession in our trade are irreparable. For too lengthy the braveness you confirmed has been unacknowledged. For this, we provide each our deepest apologies and our honest admiration.”
Littlefeather, in an announcement, mentioned it’s “profoundly heartening to see how a lot has modified since I didn’t settle for the Academy Award 50 years in the past.”
“Relating to the Academy’s apology to me, we Indians are very affected person folks — it is solely been 50 years!” mentioned Littlefeather. “We have to hold our humorousness about this always. It is our methodology of survival.”
On the Academy Museum occasion in Los Angeles, Littlefeather will sit for a dialog with producer Fowl Runningwater, co-chair of the academy’s Indigenous Alliance.
In a podcast earlier this 12 months with Jacqueline Stewart, a movie scholar and director of the Academy Museum, Littlefeather mirrored on what compelled her to talk out in 1973.
“I felt that there ought to be Native folks, Black folks, Asian folks, Chicano folks — I felt there ought to be an inclusion of everybody,” mentioned Littlefeather. “A rainbow of those who ought to be concerned in creating their very own picture.”