Johnny Depp with LaDonna Harris, Comanche Nation. The Comanche Nation adopted Depp.

Video: Johnny Depp Speaks to the Gathering of Nations


The 30th Annual Gathering of Nations closed last night, April 27, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after another hugely successful run. It may have been what opened the gathering that generated the most excitement, though.

In a video message, Johnny Depp, who plays Tonto in the upcoming Lone Ranger film, welcomed attendees to the massive pow wow and Native festival.

Watch that video here:

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Submitted by Lorraine on
he speaks from his heart the truth he knows and feels. He has been inspired by the people he has met the love he has felt the wisdom and knowledge of elders and the young hearts of the children, he has tasted the real freedom of what is real and what is not real, TWO WORLDS we all live in. I think he has a beautiful spirit and in his world is not easy to be who you are in the heart.

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I never knew he was a First Nation People,I'm also very proud know that he has the courage to stand out and speek his mind and soul to our people,it is a good thing to say what he said without disrespecting our heritage and the First Nation People!AHO! may you live long Bro!

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Very good! He is a great actor. He fits this character well. He is speaking "Native" with his voice, body language, and total presentation. Very good indeed.

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I have so many wonderful friends of the tribes. I'm so fortunate !! Rosanne

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Thank you, Mr. Depp! Grandfather keep you safe in your travels and send you home to us! Ellyn (Watches Crow) Parker-Neal

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Submitted by Dee Joyce on
My grandmother was half Native American and half French. I had my first experience at the Gathering of the Nations around 2005... It left me speechless. The whole weekend was such an amazing experience! One day I will get back there again...

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Good sayings Mr. Depp ! May the great Spirit protect you.

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Submitted by Larry J on
The Tonto just pours right out of the man.... osdadu tsani. I am glad you are finding life more spiritually awakening as a Native American.

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Submitted by Cynthia Thompson on
I love Johnny Depp....He is a great actor. I think that he is real and theres nothing fake about him. We are. What we are. I am part native and proud of it. My ancestors.. left the reservation because of the living conditions...It doesnt take away from our bloodline....Peace and Many Blessings To Johnny and to all.

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Greetings to my brothers and sisters,decended from Siberia.I wish you peace. Mother Earth is all you will ever need in your lives.Your brother from the Great White North.AHO

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GOOD JOB Johnny, Research is The Key to getting your Part Right. Work It Dude, Not Quite The REZ Accent YET

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Johnny Depp is an honor to the Native Peoples. He has shown the level of respect and integrity that Native Peoples have for themselves and their community.

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Submitted by Michael559 on
C'mon, brothers. Depp is much less NDN than he is a pirate. He is reading his "heart felt" message from a teleprompter. Even his "adoption" into an NDN nation is of debate. Don't be fooled by this Hollywood fool.

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I come from the eastern country where our Indian Father and a Teacher SAT -OKH lived among us. He is not with us any longer, but we continue spreading his teachings here in Poland and in Europe as well. WE all have GREAT RESPECT for all the Native American Indians and all Indigenous Peoples of our world, and so we all love Johnny !!! Krystyna B.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Used to love him, in gilbert grape, etc. but...ugh. he is so pretentious now i cant bear to watch more than 10 seconds.

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Submitted by Brett on
Johnny Depp is not Native American, he was ceremonially adopted by a Comanche family, that does not make him Native American.