EVAN ADAMS is a Coast Salish writer/actor and physician from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada. His acting career includes starring in the Emmy-winning TV-movie Lost in the Barrens
, and its sequel Curse of the Viking Grave
. More recently, Adams starred in Smoke Signals
, winner of the Audience Award and the Filmmakers Trophy when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1998. He also won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival and First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for 'Best Debut Performance.' Besides numerous episodics such as The Beachcombers
and Black Stallion
, he also appears in the feature Toby McTeague
and the Fox-TV movie Lakota Moon
. On the stage, highlights include roles in Lear, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing
, and Mamu
Adams hosted the APTN's #1 rated show Buffalo Tracks
, was a regular on CBC's These Arms of Mine
, and was last seen in the feature The Business of Fancydancing
As a writer, his original play, Dreams of Sheep
, was selected in 1988 as one of Canada's entries to the International Festival of Young Playwrights in Sydney, Australia. Two of his plays, Snapshots
and Dirty Dog River
(co-written with Marie Clements), have been performed in more than 300 communities in Canada, the US, and Africa. Janice's Christmas
appears in the anthology, Gatherings IV
. Adams also wrote an award-winning audio tour of the First Peoples Gallery at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria.
Adams has scripted a half-hour for the CBC anthology series Four Directions
called My Father's Son
and has recently completed two other screenplays. His new, one-man show, Son of Raven
, has received staged readings at the Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia and at the XV Commonwealth Games in Victoria.
Adams is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, both of Victoria. He was the first President of the Healing Our Spirit BC First Nations AIDS Society. In 1986, he was selected as a "Role Model" by the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP). Adams keeps close ties with his Coast Salish roots. He has toured Canada and Europe with competitive and traditional styles of Native dance and collaborates with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company of Vancouver. He does Raven's Tail weaving, some of his work in this ancient style appearing in Cheryl Samuel's book Raven's Tail
. In July 1990, Evan received the name Tlesla II by his family and band Elders, the first time in fifty years that such an honor has been bestowed. At the same time, he received the name Kit ta ladzi, "Big Fire," from the Kwakw-ak-a'wakw people of Alert Bay.
Aside from his career in the arts, Adams has completed three years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia, a Medical Doctorate at the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC.