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Hollywood & Indian Country’s Biggest Night for American Indian & Indigenous Voices™ Cementing Native Indigenous at the forefront of the Entertainment Industry™

Hollywood has Oscar, Broadway has Tony, Television has the Emmy, and Indian Country has the RNCI Red Nation Film Award of Excellence™

About Red Nation Film Award of Excellence

Red Nation International Film Festival & Awards Show honors accomplishments of Independent Motion Pictures and Documentaries, which are produced, directed, written, and starring American Indians. Honorees include individuals who have made advancements in film, radio, television, media, environment, social justice, human rights, career accomplishments in the arts, volunteerism, and cultural affairs.

The Red Nation Statuette

Red Nation Statuette has positioned itself as the most recognized American Indian trophy in the world, cementing Native Indigenous Image in the forefront of the Entertainment Industry.

It became apparent to create a statuette to honor outstanding moviemaking achievements by Native Indigenous filmmakers and thereby encourage excellence in all facets of motion picture production in 2009.

Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI) created the *Red Nation Film Award* and tapped New Mexico sculptor artist Phillip Mangas Haozous, of the Fort Sill Chiricahua Apache people (N’de) son of the late Apache sculptor artist Allan Houser to design “The Red Nation Statuette”. 

RNCI Red Nation Film Award was designed in three dimensions – and the world-renowned statuette was born.

The Native Indigenous “FILM AWARD” is born

Each November, new golden statuettes are cast, molded, polished and buffed and retained by Red Nation International Film Festival.

Red Nation Statuette stands approximately 12 _” inches tall, which includes the base, and is Gold plated with a lacquer finish.

The “Red Nation Film Award of Excellence” is modeled after Native Indigenous women, Lifegivers, representing giving birth to dreams in all art forms film, television, actors, directors, producers, musicians, technicians and writers.

In contrast to European cultures, many Indigenous societies have been matriarchal. Native Indigenous women have had a great deal of power, both as individuals and as groups, and have held various leadership roles within their tribes. Traditionally, native women have worked in partnership with men, and decision-making has been related to consensus building, signifying the fact that American Indian communities were and still are lead by women.

The Red Nation Statuette, Officially named “RNCI Red Nation Award of Excellence”, its nickname is “RNCI Red Nation Award.”

Making Dreams Come True

The official announcement was made during the Famous Indian Market in Santa Fe, NM on August 18, 2010 at the Opening night of Red Nation Film Festival “On the Road at the Museum of Arts & Culture. Phillip Mangas Haozous was be in attendance.

The first statuettes were presented at the 15th Annual Red Nation International Film Festival on closing night in Los Angeles, CA, on November 9th, 2010 at CBS Center Studios. Phillip Mangas Haozous was in attendance.

Each year achievements in up to 25 categories are honored.

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