Published on September 12, 2013 by Amy
Tatanka Means is from the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation, Omaha and Navajo Nation.
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Tatanka Means is an accomplished actor who recently won Best Supporting Actor from the American Indian Film Festival and Best Actor from the Red Nation Film Festival for his role in the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes out in theatres June 2013 as well as Best Male Actor at the 2013 Dreamspeakers Film Festival for his role in Derby Kings. Tatanka Means has also starred in the sweeping six-part TNT mini series created by Steven Spielberg, Into the West. His role as one of the most influential Indian leaders, Crazy Horse, earned him high praise in the stellar cast of Native American actors – one of the largest ever assembled.
Tatanka began acting at seven years old his with his first acting experience on the set of The Last of the Mohicans. In 2003 Tatanka stepped back into film as the lead stuntman for Rick Schroeder’s film Black Cloud. This opportunity inspired him to pursue a career in acting.
After his role in the Emmy winning mini-series Into the West, Tatanka was cast on Comanche Moon for CBS by Simon Wincer. Following Comache Moon he landed a role in the Lionsgate horror western film The Burrowers directed by J.T. Petty, which went on to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Tatanka then traveled to Boston, Massachusetts where he shot, We Shall Remain: After The Mayflower a series for PBS directed by award winning director, Chris Eyre.
Since then Tatanka Means has landed some great guest starring roles on hit TV show’s including In Plain Sight on USA and more recently ABC’s Scoundrels.
Outside of acting, Tatanka has developed his own clothing line called, Tatanka Clothing. His shirt designs are proving to be one of the most popular styles in Indian Country as well as internationally. Article reviews on the clothing line are earning high marks among fashion publications.
Stand-up Comedy is Tatanka’s most recent endeavor. This young comedian is busting guts and smiling laughing faces all over North America! His comedic style of humor is leaving audiences wanting more. Tatanka Means has now been performing stand up comedy all over Indian Country at Casino’s, Conferences, Colleges and Schools. He is also a member of the talented and popular comedy group 49 Laughs Comedy.
Tatanka Means has currently been giving speeches around the country at universities, schools and conferences. He has spoken on a variety of topics, ranging from motivational speeches, suicide awareness, Indian youth empowerment & self esteem to Hollywood stereotypes of American Indians in film.
Tatanka’s ambition and perseverance has taken him from his home on the reservation to traveling across the country. He has become a much-needed role model for all American Indian youth.