‘Twilight' actor to appear at Oklahoma powwow

American Indian actor Kiowa Gordon will be a special guest Saturday at the Oklahoma Indian Nation Pow-Wow in Concho.
BY BRANDY MCDONNELL bmcdonnell@opubco.com Published: August 6, 2011

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.”

If you go

22nd Annual Indian Nation Pow-Wow

What: The free, multi-tribe event, hosted by the Cheyenne-Arapaho, includes traditional dance contests, gourd dances, a drum contest, hand game tournament, 5k run and fun walk, sporting events, water slides, arts and crafts show, buffalo chili cook-off, an appearance by “Twilight” actor Kiowa Gordon and more.

When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Oklahoma Indian Nation Pow-Wow Grounds, Cheyenne-Arapaho tribal headquarters, Concho, seven miles north of El Reno off U.S. 81.

Information: www.c-a-tribes.org.

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