April 16, 2019
Humans of Native Nation: Meet Bryce McGertt
We here at #NativeNationAZ are introducing a short photo and blog series we’re calling #HumansofNativeNation, based off the popular photo series #HONY. Leading up to the performances happening April 20, 27 & 28, we will be sharing stories of the cast members who help make up the local community and “Native Nation”.
Meet Bryce McGertt, the first Human of Native Nation we are highlighting on the blog. Bryce is from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and is Onk Akimmel O’odham, Muscogee Creek, Yuchi, Shawnee, and Dine. “I’m an ASU student (studying Communication) and got a message saying that they [ASU Gammage] were having an open call for models and actors. Actually, I wasn’t’ thinking about myself, I was thinking that it would be a great opportunity for my little sister. So, I sent that over to her, but I ended up auditioning last minute and it was because of my little sister encouraging me to do it with her.”
“I want the audience to take away from Native Nation the realities of our people, that we’re still needing some change within ourselves and our communities, and to really spark the change that we want in the nation, as well as being there for one another; Realizing that we need to work together rather than against each other. My passion in life is just to be the best person I can be for my family, especially for my sisters because my family means the world to me. I want to be an example for my little sister to see that you can do whatever you put your mind to. But not just for her, but to be an example for the youth and all of our communities, to get out and get an education, strive for greatness and do something in your life that you can help your community and most of all, be able to help yourself and your spirit.”