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Litefoot in Tahlequah (1995)
Background information
Birth name Gary Paul Davis
Born (1969-03-01) March 1, 1969 (age 48)
Upland, California, U.S.
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1989–present
Labels Red Vinyl
Associated acts

Gary Paul Davis (born March 1, 1969), better known by his stage name Litefoot, is a Native American rapper, actor, and the founder of the Red Vinyl record label. He also portrayed Little Bear in the movie The Indian in the Cupboard, and Nightwolf in Mortal Kombat Annihilation.


Personal life[edit]

Litefoot was born in Upland, California, was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has lived in Seattle, Washington since 1997. He is Cherokee and of Chichimeca (northern Mexican indigenous) descent. He is married to Carmen Davis, who serves as president of the Reach The Rez effort and is of the Makah, Yakama, and Chippewa Cree tribes. They have three sons, Quannah, Sequoyah, and Qwnuseia.[1]


Litefoot is not the first Native American to perform rap music (Melle Mel, who is of Cherokee descent, may be the first). However, he (as is Tomahawk Funk, of DVX and later of Funkdoobiest) is among the first Native Americans who actually is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe to perform rap music.[citation needed] He has won six Native American Music Awards, his most recent for Artist of The Year.

Litefoot has also appeared in Hollywood films, such as The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Kull the Conqueror (1997), and Adaptation (2002), and several independent films, including 29 Palms (2002); Song Of Hiawatha (1997) as the titular role; and The Pearl (2000). He has also appeared on the television programs: CSI: Miami, Family Law, and Any Day Now.

Since 2005, he has hosted and produced his own nationally-distributed hip hop and R&B radio show called Reach the Rez Radio, which broadcasts weekly through Native Voice One Satellite Network. Litefoot produces several clothing lines the best known being the "Native Style" brand. He annually spends months of his time working on various reservations across the United States and Canada. His most recent music and speaking tour was the "Reach the Rez Tour". This annual project lasted one year, 54,000 miles and 211 events across the United States.


  • 1992 - The Money EP
  • 1994 - Seein' Red
  • 1996 - Good Day To Die
  • 1998 - The Clown Kutz
  • 1998 - The Life & Times
  • 1998 - Red Ryders Vol. 1
  • 1999 - Red Ryders Vol. 2
  • 1999 - Rez Affiliated
  • 1999 - The Lite Years 1989–1999 - The Best of Mr. Foot
  • 2001 - Tribal Boogie
  • 2002 - The Messenger
  • 2003 - Native American Me
  • 2004 - Redvolution
  • 2008 - Relentless Pursuit



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