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Chief Dan George
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    (July 24, 1899-September 23, 1981)
    Birth name was Tes-wah-no
    AKA Geswanouth Slahoot and Dan Slaholt
    Member of the Salish First Nations people - Burrard Inlet, British Columbia
    Chief of the Burrard (Squamish) Band of Salish First Nations people (1951-63)
    Acted in 'Smith! (1969),' 'Little Big Man (1970),' 'Cancel My Reservation (1972),' 'A Different Drum (1974),' 'Alien Thunder (1974),' 'Harry and Tonto (1974),' 'The Bears and I (1974),' 'Cold Journey (1975),' 'The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976),' 'Shadow of the Hawk (1976),' 'Americathon (1979),' 'Spirit of the Wind (1979)' and 'Nothing Personal (1980)'
    Awarded Officer of the Order of Canada (1971)
    Wrote two books of poetry - My Heart Soars (1974) and My Spirit Soars (1982, published posthumously)
    Co-authored the autobiography 'You Call Me Chief: Impressions of the Life of Chief Dan George' (1981)
    Died of heart failure at age 82
    His name was changed to Dan George when he entered school at age 5.
    Until age 60, he worked various jobs as a logger, longshoreman, construction worker and school bus driver.
    He only accepted film roles that portrayed him as an Indian in a positive light.
    He lost both the Oscar and Golden Globe he was nominated for in the Best Supporting Actor catagory for 'Little Big Man.'
    He never took a single acting lesson.
    The speech he wrote for Vancouver's celebration of the Canadian centennial in 1967, 'Lament for Confederation,' helped promote sentiment and activism toward natives in Canada by non-natives.
    He has a public school named after him in Toronto, an elementary school in Abbotsford, BC, and an advanced education center in Vancouver, BC.
    His grand-daughter is an author, activist and college professor and his great-grand-daughter is an actor and poet.
    He died on the same reservation where he was born.

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