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Time Traveller: Chief Dan George challenged stereotypical portrayals on screen

The activist, longshoreman and First Nations leader didn't start acting until he was in his 60s
Chief Dan George

This month marks the 41st anniversary of the death of actor, activist, and First Nations leader Chief Dan George, seen in this publicity photo for 1976 film, Shadow of the Hawk.

Tsleil-Waututh (səlilwətaɬ) Chief Dan George (born Geswanouth Slahoot) spent much of his working life as a longshoreman and logger – he did not start his acting career until the age of 60. During the 1960s and 70s he appeared in many television, movie, and stage productions, often challenging the stereotypical portrayal of First Nations people on screen.

Nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1970 film Little Big Man, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971.

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