CONCHO — American Indian actor Kiowa Gordon will transform afternoon into “Twilight” Saturday at the 22nd annual Oklahoma Indian Nation Pow-Wow.
Gordon, who plays Embry Call in the “The Twilight Saga” films, will be a special guest Saturday at the event, which continues through Sunday on the powwow grounds at the Cheyenne-Arapaho headquarters.
“It's getting in touch with my heritage, my roots,” he said of appearing at American Indian events. “It's important to me. It's my culture.”
During his visit Saturday, Gordon, who is of Hualapai descent, will mingle with fans and be honored at a noon reception, take part in activities and participate in the 7 p.m. grand entry of dancers.
“It's a real honor that he's going to be able to make an appearance here to inspire our youth,” said Dara Franklin, chairwoman of the powwow committee. “He's causing a lot of excitement with all the girls.”
Gordon made his film debut in 2009's “New Moon,” the second film based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling book series about a human girl, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who gets caught in a love triangle between her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and her best friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), a Quileute Indian who taps his people's genetic ability to transform into werewolves.
As Embry, Gordon, 21, depicts another Quileute who is a member of the werewolf pack tasked with protecting the tribe from vampires.
He reprised the role in 2010's “Eclipse” and will play Embry again in the anticipated two-film finale “Breaking Dawn.”
“It's fun to kill vampires,” he said with a laugh. “I get to kill vampires and ... I get to be a big wolf.”
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22nd Annual Indian Nation Pow-Wow