My friend and partner, Ken Amorosano, and I, flew to Albuquerque today and then drove on up to Santa Fe to spend some quality time with this guy.
Ken shot him for our August cover and I interviewed him about his many films. His first words to me were, "Do you know how to open a gate?"
We were about eight minutes late and as I got out of the rental car in his long driveway, I looked over the top of the turquoise, five-foot-gate to Wes Studi's adobe home and saw him and his wife, Maura, standing on the patio, above, waiting for us. I hesitated. Should I barge in, or should I wait for an invitation to come in? Wes gave me the steely-eyed look he is famous for and said, "Do you know how to open a gate?"
Later as we were leaving, he laughed and said, "That was In-din humor."
Indeed, it was.
"Listen, or your tongue will keep you deaf."
—Old In-din Saying