On Saturday, November 6, 2021, during National Native American Heritage Month, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures brought together Native American and Indigenous community leaders and filmmakers for an evening to celebrate the museum’s commitment to showcasing the work of Native American and Indigenous film artists. In attendance as special guests were Native American film artists, Tantoo Cardinal, Robbie Robertson, Wes Studi and Buffy Sainte-Marie. The evening was kicked off with a blessing by Tongva Spiritual Leader Jimi Castillo.
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections.