Uncle Ralph, The Watchman
ROGER WILLIE, Navajo educator, artist and actor, made his screen debut in MGM’s production of Windtalkers in the spring of 2002. Willie’s inaugural acting experience has led to additional roles in, Adaptation, Edge of America, Lost Stallion: the journey home, Wesley, The 6th World and recently, voice over for several Star Wars characters in the Navajo language. Having never acted before Windtalkers, Willie considers his serendipitous experience a result of his motto: Our Moment’s Decision Determines Our Destiny. Willie’s preparation for his role in Windtalkers was aided by his military experience. He proudly served four years in the United States Army’s elite 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Willie shares his life and film experiences when he speaks to audiences ranging from students, corporate executives, teachers, and community members as a way to inspire his listeners to, “Dare to Dream.” Recognizing and embracing the opportunities that have discovered Willie, he’s an advocate for health, education and leadership.
Willie earned a bachelor’s degree in Art from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. He holds a secondary bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina in Pembroke. In January 2005, he completed his master’s degree in American Indian Studies at The University of Arizona in Tucson focusing his thesis on “Leadership.” Willie currently teaches Art and is Head Football Coach at Thoreau High School in Thoreau, New Mexico.
An accomplished visual artist using pencil, charcoal and paint, his award-winning signature pieces incorporate images embedded within eagle feather tied together by arrowheads. “The feathers and arrowhead, as powerful symbols of Navajo culture, guide and protect one’s spirit and path of life.”
Willie is married to Teresa of the Lumbee Tribe, and they have two children, Seattle and Jodi. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, traditional archery, driving his Jeep and drinking fresh grinded coffee in the early mornings. Willie was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Continental Divide, New Mexico. His clans are the Wateredge, “Tabaahi,” and Salt, “Ashiihi”. He is fluent in Navajo and English and was raised in the traditional Navajo culture by parents John & Annie Willie whom he credits for his achievements and the desire to excel.
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Adam Beach was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to live with their grandmother and then with their uncle and aunt in Winnipeg, where Adam joined drama classes and began … read more
As a student at Lighthouse School in North Bend, Oregon Kiri has been studying singing, piano, and dance since the age of 3. She first performed on stage when she was 6 years old and has worked in many local theatre productions with the Dolphin Players, Little Theatre on the Bay and Logos Players. Kiri is excited to help bring the energy and enthusiasm of the film industry to the Oregon South Coast.
Onie “Light Walker” Chase
Stephanie has appeared in numerous theatre productions and short films. Her credits also include roles on “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill.” She was a founding member of Brawdeville: Women in the Performing Arts in Wilmington, NC with contributions as a writer, director, and musician. Stephanie grew up playing violin and piano, performed with the band City Squirrel, and continues to pursue her love of music. Other interests include hiking, doodling with sharpies, tiny houses and traveling with her dog Grover and cat Tye. Visit Stephanie’s IMDB page.
Carter Jon is a 14 year old in the Oregon coast town of Coos Bay. He began his acting career 3 years ago by seeing a flyer and taking it upon himself to set up an appointment. He has attended many acting workshops and is involved in community theater. His love for music led to a position in the 2016 OMEA All State Middle School choir. Carter plans on continuing his education and fulfilling his dreams to be on the big screen. He would like everyone to know, never give up, keep striving towards your dreams, because they do come true.
Ian has had a flair for the dramatic since he was born twelve years ago. He first appeared on stage in Christmas plays at church, then was offered the role of Tommy in Logos Players’ production of “Ah, Wilderness!” at age ten. He has continued to perform in both school and Logos productions. One of the things Ian likes best about The Watchman’s Canoe is its historical setting, and he is excited to portray Jett’s older brother, Tommy. Ian is interested in Military History, and is an active Civil War reenactor. He also collects vintage uniforms and creates uniforms, so that he can reenact any war from King Arthur’s time to the Korean War. He is an honor scholar in sixth grade at North Bend Middle School, where his favorite subject is history.
Matthew is an eleven year old honor student at Kingsview Christian School. He ranked first place in the last three years of speech competitions as well as science fair. He has a junior black belt rank and participates in local tournaments. He also has been active in ballet and tap dance.
Dakota Wynn is an Oregon native who has enjoyed living in three states, South America, and traveling to seven countries in her 8 years. She loves making people smile and found great joy playing the Friendly Ladybug in her school’s adaptation of Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug”. She enjoys ballet and had the pleasure of performing twice with the Zolushka Ballet Studio in Bogota, Colombia. She is inspired by colors and movement in her hobby of fashion design and dreams of making those designs a reality…while also becoming a dentist.
Jennifer is an actor from the Portland, Oregon area. She’s loved acting since she was little but it wasn’t until recently after her kids were grown that she decided to pursue it. She has been in many short and full feature films and has done many commercial jobs but this project is by far her most ambitious. She grew up competing in track and field and was a long jumper and triple jumper for Boise State University. Her passions are Crossfit, hiking, traveling and collecting pretty rocks.