Two Native American stars to host workshops at the Armageddon Expo.

Saginaw Grant (Breaking Bad, The Lone Ranger, The World's Fastest Indian) and Rick Mora (Twilight) were greeted with a powhiri at Wellington Airport on Thursday morning.

The actors arrived in full Native American dress, and greeted their arrival party with hongi.

A pƍwhiri was held at the Wellington Airport today to welcome two Native American manuhiri to the capital. Well-known actors Elder Saginaw Grant and Rick Mora are in the country for the Wellington Armageddon Expo next week where they will be holding workshops on Native American knowledge.

"I haven't seen anything negative about the Maori, I see it as a beautiful indigenous culture and part of the reason why we're here is to experience that beauty we've seen." Mora and Grant recommended Maori actors have a cultural advisor on film sets, something they now make a requirement.

"It's easy [for the film industry] to generalise and create a platform from one's imagination based on all cultures: Maori, Native American, Asian."The breakdown is that people aren't doing their homework in terms of how much respect and effort they have to put in for the exposure of a culture."

Responses to "Native American Celebrities Meet Maori Culture (Video)"

  1. Unknown says:

    Wonderful to see. I have the greatest respect for the Maori.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is truly wonderful for Native Americans and Maoris to share culture. More of this to unite.

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