“This is from the Sky-Eagle Collection,” she tells me of her dress on the arrival carpet at the Village Regency Theater in Westwood. “Throughout this entire press tour, it was very important to me to always incorporate having designer or Aboriginal jewelry or something. So in every look I had, there was something original.”
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“Prey,” the fifth film in the “Predator” franchise, is set in the Comanche Nation in 1717. Midthunder, a registered tribal member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Indian Reservation, plays Naru, a young warrior who saves her tribe from the Predator ( Dane Delegrew).
Here, Midthunder talks more about her costume choices, working alongside the original cast and what it was like to dubbing the movie at Comanche.
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Why was it so important to incorporate Indigenous designs into your look on the red carpet?
This was not a question for me. Indigenous artists and creatives have a lot to offer and are truly an untapped resource – whether it’s in fashion, filmmaking or business. When you look at our art and clothes, we have things you don’t see often, whether it’s patterns, materials like shells and beads, or earth paints. Being able to incorporate that into urban fashion is really fun.
How was the first day on the set, when you looked around and saw that all the leads were natives?
It was very surreal. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. The first day we got there, everyone was dressed and I looked around and saw teepees and people in their skins. It just became very condescending and kind of real. At some point in history, this was really what things looked like. This was the case for some of my ancestors. To see this and think about what we were accomplishing, it was amazing.
How was the dubbing of the film in Comanche?
The film was originally shown to be shot entirely in Comanche. When we ran the test, we did all our scenes in English and Comanche to make sure we could do it and how it would play. We ended up doing the movie in English, but going back to Comanche is very special in terms of language preservation. We also make history. No movie was released in the original version upon original release. I think it is a great victory and a great thing that we can claim as a people. And for me just to get to know the Comanche – it’s not like the language I grew up in [with] – It felt like a personal gift to get to know the culture and language as well.
“Prey” premieres August 5 on Hulu.