How Cool! Navajo Woman Featured in U2’s Concert Video

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 8th, 2017 Last Updated on: June 8th, 2017

Just read this neat story by Karen Lindell with Native News Online about Pamela J. Peters, native filmmaker, photographer and all-around media maven. In the article, Peters talks with Lindell about how she got to audition for U2's concert video.

Peters helps cast for Native actors in the Los Angeles area, so she's used to seeing casting notices go up. One, in particular, caught her eye.

Casting Tour Visuals for an Iconic Grammy Winning Band,” the notice said. “Interesting, real faces — the backbone of America.” And at the top of the list of desired faces was “Native Americans & Elders.”

Her curiosity was piqued so she made a call about the notice.

The coordinator, she said, told her they didn’t have enough American Indians yet for the shoot, and asked if she was Native American. After a video screening, Peters said, “the director liked me, and they asked me to be a part of it.”

Although the “iconic” band was supposed to be a mystery, Peters deduced the U2 connection.

“When I found out the director was Anton Corbijn, I looked at his reel, and figured this was probably a video for U2,” she said.

Sure enough, it was for U2 and their upcoming Joshua Tree Tour. A U2 fan recorded this clip at a concert in Seattle. In the background, you can see the images with Peters and her friend, fellow Indigenous actor, Monty Bass.

Pretty cool to see, especially if you were in the audience!

You might remember us featuring Peters' photography project Exiled NDNZ and most recently, her hybrid video poem that won a poetry contest. Looking forward to seeing what other exciting things are in store for her!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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