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Johnny Depp adopted by Comanche Nation Indians

The Lone Ranger

Story by Jack Foley

JOHNNY Depp has been formally adopted by the Comanche Indian tribe, a New Mexico-based group of Indians.

The move is in recognition of the actor’s forthcoming role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger, to which Depp’s Tonto belongs.

LaDonna Harris, a Comanche and president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, invited the actor to join the tribe after heard about his role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Disney movie.

A ceremony took place at Harris’s home at which Depp reportedly gave gifts to the attendees, as per tradition.

Speaking on the website Indian Country (where you can see photos), Harris said: “I reached out, and Johnny was very receptive to the idea. He seemed proud to receive the invitation, and we were honored that he so enthusiastically agreed.”

“Welcoming Johnny into the family in the traditional way was so fitting. He’s a very thoughtful human being, and throughout his life and career, he has exhibited traits that are aligned with the values and worldview that Indigenous peoples share.”

Depp’s Tonto has so far drawn criticisms from fans of the original Lone Ranger, who insist that his decision to don full face paint and have a crow on his head are far from the original, Jay Silverheels version.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, the look was derived from a painting by an artist named Kirby Satler.

In that painting, the ‘offending’ bird was flying behind the head of the portrait’s subject but Depp decided it worked better as headware.

The Lone Ranger is directed by Gore Verbinski (with whom Depp worked on the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies as well as Rango) and is set for a US release on May 31, 2013.

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