Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Native American Actor Evan Adams

Evan Adams
Clark County Library
Thursday, November 12
7 PM

This article was originally about Chris Eyre, the amazing filmmaker responsible for Smoke Signals, two of the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee mysteries for PBS, based on the Tony Hillerman novels, and large chunks of the even more incredible PBS documentary We Shall Remain, playing at the Clark County Library every Monday evening this month. You can see the original article we'd written at the bottom of this post.

Chris Eyre had a last minute scheduling conflict. The reasons are really great for him, but not so great for those of us who were really looking forward to seeing him this week.

We are not left in the cold however. Evan Adams is visiting instead. Adams is totally amazing in his own right, and we're fortunate to have him.

I had difficulty placing Adams when I heard about the changes. (No, he's not Adam Evans the wrestler...) Adams played Thomas Builds-the-Fire in Smoke Signals. OK, I needed to be reminded which character that was... Thomas Builds-the-Fire is the short, geeky character who was always telling stories. Who turns out to hold the entire situation together. Who's so darned cute behind the glasses, and has the most amazing smile. That's the character of Thomas Builds-the-Fire.

Evan Adams the actor is also darned cute, and still has the most amazing smile. He's a member of the Sliammon Band of the Coast Salish tribes, near the Powell River in British Columbia. In addition to being a accomplished actor, he's also a screenwriter, a playwright, and a competitive dancer. (I just flashed on Dancing with the Stars - the Native American segment...)

This would all keep him busy. Adams adds weaving (Raven's Tail) to that mix of activities. And to top it all off, he's a physician. He got his medical degree from the University of Calgary.

Stop by and see Dr. Evan Adams, to see how he manages to juggle all these amazing activities, and still has to talk with us. He'll be here Thursday evening!

Here's the original Chris Eyre article: (Again, Eyre had a last minute conflict and will NOT be at the library for either event.)
Cheyenne / Arapaho film director, Chris Eyre, will be speaking at Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, on Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m. as part of Native American Heritage Month.

Eyre will be leading screening of "A Thousand Roads" (40 min.), a film he directed for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, followed by discussion of how Native Americans are seen and heard today.

Eyre has probably done as much as anyone to provide for the public a more realistic and complex vision of what life as a Native American is like today.

His films include:and two films for the PBS Mystery! series, based on Tony Hillerman novels:Just released this year, Eyre, directed three episodes of the PBS series:Eyre will be speaking again on Friday, November 13, 10 a.m., also at the Clark County Library.
Again, due to a scheduling conflict, Chris Eyre will NOT be at the library for either event. But be sure to watch his amazing films!

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