Lily Gladstone in traditional dress next to tribal leaders: traditional hat with dreamy feathers+ photos

Lily Gladstone in traditional dress: Wearing a white sequin shawl and matching ribbon skirt, esteemed actress Lily Gladstone kneeled on the floor of the new arbor on the Blackfeet Reservation as tribal elders placed a stand-up headdress atop her head.

Thousands of people who traveled across the country — and from Canada — to honor Gladstone watched in silence.

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Gladstone stood and embraced tribal leaders. Then, with one hand over her heart and the other holding onto Charlene Plume, the elder who made her headdress, Gladstone danced in a circle around the arbor. Members of the Women’s Stand-Up Headdress Society, tribal leaders, dignitaries, students, teachers and children followed behind.

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Lily Gladstone in traditional dress: The sound of drums boomed, and the crowd erupted.

Gladstone, who grew up in Browning and East Glacier, recently rose to worldwide fame after starring in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” alongside Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Parts of the movie were filmed in Oklahoma.

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Lily Gladstone in traditional dress: She made history becoming the first Indigenous person to win a Golden Globe award for best actress and the first to be nominated for best actress at the Oscars.

At Tuesday’s event — which included a grand entry, flag song, prayer, speeches from dignitaries, honor song and round dance — leaders thanked Gladstone for representing the Blackfeet Nation on the world stage and for being a role model for young people.

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“Because of you, rez kids on every reservation here and in Canada can chase their dreams,” Councilman Everett Armstrong said at the event. “Students, take a look at this accomplishment — it’s possible.”

Councilman Robert DesRosier delighted in the fact that Gladstone “is just like us.”

“She’s us,” he told the crowd before turning to Gladstone. “Lily, welcome home.”

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Lily Gladstone in traditional dress: Gladstone said returning to the reservation was a “full-circle moment.”

“I feel so lucky and so blessed that I’m Blackfeet and I get to be here,” she said. “It’s a really special thing to be who we are, to be from where we’re from. And I know sometimes it can be a really hard thing, too, but all good things are hard things.”

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