Star-spotting at GON: Natalie Portman, Patricia Michaels
The video greeting by Johnny Depp gave the 2013 Gathering of Nations a touch of Hollywood flair, but unbeknownst to many attendees another major movie star was actually on site.
Natalie Portman paid a low-profile visit the massive pow wow accompanied by Project Runway runner-up Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo. The caption to a photo posted to Patricia Michaels' Facebook page noted that the famous designer "was so honored to watch Grand Entry with Natalie & her beautiful family!" Portman was in the neighborhood, so to speak, being in New Mexico to film the western Jane Got a Gun.
Portman was also escorted by director Chris Eyre, Cheyenne and Arapaho, as she paid a visit to the Miss Indian World contestants. "Those girls were shocked when she walk in the room, in a good way," Eyre wrote on his Facebook page. "They all took pxs n one contestant gave her the necklace."
Miss Indian Nations hopeful Brittany Clause, Cayuga, seized the chance to get a candid photo with the V for Vendetta, Black Swan, and Star Wars star. As she posted to her Twitter feed:
"Met Natalie Portman!! So awesome to meet one of my favorite Oscar Award Winning Actress!"
For Clause, it was one of several highlights from Gathering of Nations 2013. She also won the award for Best Dancer and was the overall First Runner-up.