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Wes Studi Wes Studi is a full-blooded Cherokee who spoke only Cherokee until he went to school. After serving in Vietnam, he returned to Oklahoma where he worked as a reporter for The Cherokee Advocate. He became involved with the American Indian Movement and was at Wounded Knee in 1973. His interest in acting was spurred by his involvement with the American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa. Studi then moved to Los Angeles and got small parts in television and movies.➳ʈɦuɲɖҽɽwσℓʄ➳

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Native American Wes Studi Is A Valued Player in Avatar

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Wes Studi as Magua from "The Last of the Mohicans" ~ "Cursed be my tribe If I forgive him." --Shylock

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Steven Waddington and Wes Studi, via Flickr. Curtis Gaston Collection from 1991 on location set of Last of Mohicans.

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'Skinwalkers' makes it to PBS

British whodunit, MYSTERY! moves to the American Southwest for a special based on Tony Hillerman's bestselling Navajo police novel. SKIN WALKERS stars Adam Beach (Jim Chee) and Wes Studi (Joe Leaphorn).