Q’orianka Kilcher’s Presentation at Northwest Indian College

Q'Orianka Kilcher

Presentation at NWIC by Q’orianka Kilcher.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, Q’orianka Kilcher, a 19 year old Native American actress and Indigenous rights and environmental activist spoke to my PHILS 140 class at Northwest Indian College.

Miss Kilcher – perhaps best known for her widely acclaimed role as Pocahontas in the movie The New World – is of Quechuan-Huachiperi descent.  Her first name means “Golden Eagle” in the Quechuan language.  Q’orianka has used her celebritystatus to peak out against the exploitation of Native people in the Amazon by corporate interests, especially Occidental Petroleum.  In this capacity she has participated in fact finding tours in the Amazon, addressed the United Nations, and has been appointed as youth ambassador for both Amazon Watch and Anesty International.  She is also a spokesperson for Thursday’s Child, an international charity for at-risk children.  Most recently she has gained recognition for her advocacy of Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered automobiles.

Q’orianka’s latest film is the soon to be realeased Princess Kaiulani in which she plays the title role as heir to the throne of the Indigenous Kingdom of Hawaii.



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