WLM WLM Spring 2015 - Page 28

WLM | arts M usician and actor Shawn Michael Perry has come a long way from his beginnings in Wyoming. Adopted by Wyoming residents Arthur & Bonnie Perry, Shawn was born in San Diego, California. “I later found out that my birth mother was from Panama; my birth father was from the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana (Bitteroot Salish),” Shawn explains. The Perry family lived in different Wyoming communities – in 1975, after Arthur Perry retired from the Navy, the family moved to Gillette, and by 1977, they lived in Casper, where Bonnie Perry was a Natrona County High School alumna (1959). “As a young American Indian boy it wasn’t easy to make friends in Casper,” Shawn says. “When I was in fourth grade I went to Park Elementary School. Elizabeth Cheney befriended me and was very kind to me. We would have lunch at her house.” 28 Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2015