No wonder: Jay Tavarese lives his movie roles. His mother is a White-Mountain-Apache, he is deeply rooted in the traditions of his ancestors. The actor has fought for many years for the rights of the Native Americans, he supports the movement “Adopt an elder” that wants to improve the situation of elder people in the reservations. He is also fighting a desperate fight for the life of young Native Americans: many young people in the reservations commit suicide – and nobody really knows, why.
In the western hemisphere, totem Poles are hand carved columns first made by the early Indian tribes of the Northwest. A totem is a carved wooden object, more often than not an animal representing a family or a tribe. It symbolizes a symbolic relationship between nature and humans. Totem poles often have very interesting religious and historical meanings interpreted through the mythical beings from the familial history