|Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers|
Last night, my son, Patrick, many of my friends and I had the pleasure of spending the evening in the company of Gary Farmer and the Trouble Makers. We all gathered on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for this wonderful event.
You may not immediately recognize this blues group but I am sure you have seen Gary Farmer. Gary was born in Canada into the Cayuga and Wolf Clan Iroquois.
He has performed in both television and motion pictures. His first major role was on the CBC's Spirit Bay. He subsequently played police captain Joe Stonetree on the syndicated TV series Forever Knight, and Chief Tom in the CBC first nations tv series The Rez. He is known for his role as spiritual Native American guide Nobody in Dead Man. Farmer reprised the role for a cameo in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.
Gary was the publisher of Aboriginal Voices magazine, one of the Founders of the Aboriginal Voices radio network, and is an avid supporter of native media projects in film, radio, television and the internet.
He has won numerous awards and nominations from many native film festivals, and Canadian film awards.
Farmer has performed in both the film and television adaptations of Tony Hillerman's novels. He played Cowboy Dashee in the 1991 film The Dark Wind, Captain Largo in Coyote Waits (2003) and A Thief of Time (2004).
He was nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for his roles in the movies Powwow Highway, Dead Man, and Smoke Signals. Farmer also played the role of Fagin in Twist, the 2003 independent adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic and was Henry Colville, with Kris Kristofferson, in Disappearances.
|They Get Around!|
Who knew that this talented actor was also a mean harmonica player and vocalist?
Gary and his Trouble Makers have been on tour since March performing at Native events. This performance was almost canceled due to the hospitalization of his lead guitarist. Thankfully, he was able to locate a talented artist to fill in. The show must go on!
Several members of our local Native American Grandmother's Group were in attendance. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten pictures of all of them. But here is our sister, Myrna Red Owl with Gary. Myrna is currently undergoing chemo therapy but she doesn't let that slow her down one bit! You go Myrna!
Gary informed me that following the event, he and the Trouble Makers were driving all night to Pawnee, Oklahoma for their next appearance. That's dedication! It makes me wonder why they are called the Trouble Makers.....I don't think they have too much spare time to make trouble!
Thank you Gary and your Trouble Makers for making your music ours for an evening. Thank you to my dear friends and capable organizers, Cindy Krafka and Beth Ritter along with the other faculty members of the UNO Native Studies Program for your making this evening possible.
* Source: Wikipedia