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cultural activist, musician and filmmaker, Gary
Farmer (Cayuga) is widely recognized as a pioneer in
the development of First Nations media. Farmer has been featured
in groundbreaking leading roles including Philbert Bono in Jonathan
Wacks' Powwow Highway and Arnold Joseph in Chris Eyre's
Smoke Signals. For his role as Nobody in Jim Jarmusch's
Dead Man, Farmer won the Best Actor awards in 1997 from
both the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and First
Americans in the Arts in Los Angeles. Farmer also won the Best
Actor award at the 1989 American Indian Film Festival for his
role in Powwow Highway.
Farmer is the founding director of a highly original urban Indian
radio network, a major cultural publication, and a cultural festival.
Aboriginal Voices Radio (AVR), currently broadcasts from
106.5 FM Toronto and streams at www.aboriginalradio.com. The network
holds licenses to broadcast in eight Canadian cities, currently
establishing the stations in Ottawa and Vancouver. AVR webcasts
have included live coverage of numerous Native events, including
film festivals and the recent opening of the National Museum of
the American Indian in Washington, DC. Prior to developing AVR,
Farmer led the Aboriginal Voices Festival, an annual film and
art event in Toronto from 1998-2000, and was the founding editor-in-chief
of Aboriginal Voices, a magazine about indigenous arts
published from 1993-1999. The magazine won First Place for General
Excellence from the Native American Journalist Association in
1995 and 1998.
Gary Farmer has recently completed a short fiction, Scratch
and Win (2004). He directed three films that have screened
at the Sundance Film Festival, What the Eagle Hears (2000),
The Gift (1999), and The Hero (1995), and was the
executive producer and a director for the APTN series Buffalo
Tracks. Farmer performs on the harmonica, and has composed music
for independent films. He was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, on the
Six Nations Reserve.
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Fotográficos: Gary Farmer - courtesy
of the filmmaker; Powwow Highway