Native American Groups Officially Respond To Leonardo DiCaprio's Call To Action
As he accepted his Golden Globe for dramatic acting on Sunday, Leonardo DiCaprio said that he shared his award with all the Native people represented in his new film The Revenant, and with “all the indigenous communities around the world.” The star tied Native land rights to environmental justice, saying, “It is time that we recognize your history and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them. It is time that we heard your voice and protected this planet for future generations.”
Indigenous characters — in particular, Arikara and Pawnee characters — play significant supporting roles in The Revenant, in which DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass seeks improbable revenge on another white man for killing his Pawnee son. The film co-stars Native American actor Forrest Goodluck as Glass’s son, Hawk, and First Nations actor Duane Howard as Elk Dog, among other Native characters who assist or antagonize DiCaprio’s white protagonist. The Revenant also employed cultural consultants, and much of the dialogue in the film is spoken in the Arikara language.