Posted by: cherylyoung | January 28, 2013

Day 76 B.C is rich in Native History and we embrace that history


Chief Dan George
Birthdate: 24 July 1899
Category: Movies

B.C is rich in native culture and it wouldn’t be right not to share some of this with you

 I am sure you will all remember this son of British Columbia,

Chief Dan George

Geswanouth Slahoot was born July 24, 1899 on the Burrard reserve

in North Vancouver.

He went by the name Dan Slahoot, the English version of his

childhood nickname, Teswahno, until he went to St. Paul’s boarding

school at the age of five.

There, where the students weren’t allowed to speak their Native

 languages, they,changed his name to Dan George, taking his new

surname from his father’s English name, George.

He became Chief Dan George in 1951 when he took over as chief

of the Burrard band from his father.

He continued in that role until 1963, when his acting career began.

Chief Dan George was made honorary chief of two other bands,

the Squamish and Shuswap.

He first came to prominence in a supporting role as the Indian

who adopts Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man (1970);

for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

Dan also played the Old Sioux in the TV miniseries epic, “Centennial” (1978).

He did a hilarious turn as Clint Eastwood’s bumbling traveling companion

in “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976).

In addition to feature films, Chief Dan George has also guest starred

on many TV shows, including

“The Incredible Hulk”, “Bonanza”, and “The Beachcombers”.

His success, and the celebrity that came with it, made George’s

life busier, but there were few outward signs that he had

become a Hollywood star.

He continued to live on the reserve in the same little house he

had built for his wife and six children.

George’s determination to use his celebrity to benefit Native people

was demonstrated on Canada Day, 1967, as the country celebrated

its centennial.

On that day, George stood on the stage of the Empire Stadium in Vancouver

in front of 35,000 people and, accompanied by his family who drummed and

chanted, he performed his soliloquy, Lament for Confederation.

Chief Dan George died on Sept. 23, 1981 at the age of 82


In 1971, George was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In 1971 he recieved the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

for his role in Little Big Man.

His books include:

“My Heart Soars”

“You call Me Chief: Impressions of the Life of Chief Dan George”
“Hilda Mortimer with Chief Dan George”




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