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Who's your favorite Tonto?

Actors Jay Silverheels, left, as Tonto, and Clayton Moore in the title role of "The Lone Ranger" are shown in a scene from the western television series in 1951. Pictured in the center is Silver, playing himself (herself?).
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This April 2012 photo released by the Navajo Nation shows, actor Johnny Depp, center, shaking hands with Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim, in suits, in Monument Valley during the filming of "The Lone Ranger." (AP Photo/Emerald Craig/Navajo Nation)
Emerald Craig

A new movie version of "The Lone Ranger" with Johnny Depp as Tonto opens nationally on Tuesday. The casting of Depp, who may or may not have some Native American ancestry, as the Masked Man's faithful Indian companion, his "adoption" by a tribe in Oklahoma and the Disney corporation's donations to assorted Indian causes to smooth the waters has raised eyebrows and suggestions of impropriety in some quarters.

Our question is less for sociologists and more for fans, particularly those who recall the 1950s television series with bonafide Canadian Mohawk Jay Silverheels as Tonto and who will be seeing the movie. Which Tonto do you like better - Silverheels or Depp - and why? The why part is important.

Email your response to play@adn.com and we'll see about sharing it with our readers.



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