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1908; Carnegie, Oklahoma Died: May 5, 1954; Norman, Oklahoma Also known as: Lallo (Little Boy) Tribal affiliation: Kiowa Significance: Spencer Asah was one of a group of Kiowa artists who initiated the flat style of easel painting, or traditional American Indian painting. Spencer Asah was the son of a medicine man. He completed six years of schooling at Indian schools in the Anadarko area, including St. Patrick’s Mission School. He, along with other Kiowa youths, joined Susan C. Peters’s Fine Art Club.

Moises Roizen 24 / Beach, Adam American Indian Biographies Further Reading Iverson, Peter. Dine: A History of the Navajos. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002. Beach, Adam Born: November 11, 1972; Ashern, Manitoba, Canada Tribal affiliation: Saulteaux Significance: During the 1990’s, Adam Beach achieved prominence as a film actor without having to compromise his Native American heritage. Adam Beach was reared on the Dog Creek Indian Reserve. Both his parents died in 1981, when he was eight years old.

In 1998, Bedard reprised her voice role in Disney’s Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. She later also supplied the voices of completely fictional Native American characters in such animated television series as The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996) and Starship Troopers (2000-2001). An outspoken advocate of supporting Native American rights and correcting popular misconceptions about Indians, Bedard has portrayed both Native American and nonnative characters in her many film, television, and stage roles.

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