Johnny Depp Adopted Into Cherokee Tribe
Johnny Depp is a Cherokee Indian now! The star has been
formally inducted into the Comanche Nation as the newest member of the Native
Johnny has touted his unique ancestry over the last
several years, recently revealing his great-grandmother was a Cherokee Indian. And
now, as he play Comanche Nation character Tonto in a movie reboot of the classic
western TV series The Lone Ranger, organisation officials have invited the
actor to embrace his family history and become an official member of the tribe.
LaDonna Harris, the president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, said,
"Johnny is reprising the historic role of Tonto, and it seemed like a
natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family.
"I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the
idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honoured that he
so enthusiastically agreed."
The 48 year old accepted the honour at Harris' home on 16
May in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he is currently on location shooting the
Depp, wearing ripped jeans and eyeliner, arrived bearing
gifts as a customary sign of appreciation for the tribal elders and he
subsequently took photographs with several members of his adopted family.
And Harris admits the group had a lovely time getting to
know the movie icon, adding, "Welcoming Johnny into the family in the
traditional way was so fitting. He's a very thoughtful human being, and
throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with
the values and worldview that indigenous peoples share."
It's not the first time Johnny has met with tribal
officials while shooting The Lone Ranger – the actor took part in a summit with
Navajo leaders on the set of the movie to make sure they were OK with him
filming on sacred land.
Depp and co-star Armie Hammer held a meet-and-greet with
Navajo Nation elders Ben Shelly and Rex Lee Jim in April this yhear and swapped
gifts and posed for photos.
Shelly said, "He was respectful, along with very
patient with picture taking. It was a great honour and privilege to meet Johnny
Depp and we are honoured the movie is being filmed here on the Navajo