What Did Wes Say? First Native Presenter Wes Studi, Speaks Cherokee Language At Oscars

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During a Veterans tribute, Wes Studi spoke his language as one of many actors presenting at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, Cherokee Nation tweeted the translation.

Just before 11:00 pm est last night, Wes Studi made Oscars history as the first Native American presenter at the 90th Academy Awards. As a solo presenter, Wes Studi talked about his time in the service and introduced a film montage thanking military service members. Before the montage, he spoke Cherokee.

Studi (who played Chief Yellowhawk in Hostiles) spoke about his time in the Vietnam War. “I’m proud to have served there for 12 months with Alpha Company of the 39th Infantry. Anyone else?” Studi asked the audience to a silent response.

“As a veteran, I am always appreciative when filmmakers bring to the screen stories of those who have served. Over 90 years of the Academy Awards, a number of movies with military themes have been honored at the Oscars. Let’s take a moment to pay tribute to these powerful films that shine a great spotlight on those who have fought for freedom around the world.”

Studi ended by speaking in Cherokee.

ABC also posted the full clip featuring Wes Studi on Twitter:

When Indian Country Today posted that Studi spoke his language at the Oscars using the hashtag #IndianCountryAtTheOscars, thousands responded with positive excitement. First Nations actor Michael Greyeyes tweeted: “That made me jump out of my seat! Clapping & yellin’ #RepresentationMatters#Indigenouslanguages #cherokee”

Charlotte Issyvoo‏ tweeted, My husband and I turned to each other with the same question: “Did we really just hear that?” One woman @Bernadette4858 remarked, A proud moment and true role model for our youth … a true warrior.”

Thousands responded to Wes Studi at the 90th Academy Awards.

When Indian Country Today posted that Studi spoke his language at the Oscars using the hashtag #IndianCountryAtTheOscars, thousands responded with positive excitement. First Nations actor Michael Greyeyes tweeted: “That made me jump out of my seat! Clapping & yellin’ #RepresentationMatters#Indigenouslanguages #cherokee”

Charlotte Issyvoo‏ tweeted, My husband and I turned to each other with the same question: “Did we really just hear that?” One woman @Bernadette4858 remarked, A proud moment and true role model for our youth … a true warrior.”

Thousands responded to Wes Studi at the 90th Academy Awards.

 

 

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