Chief Dan George

Press photograph of Chief Dan George (left) that was taken in New York City, New York on February 1, 1970. The press blurb accompanying the photograph reads as follows:

 

“NEW YORK: Chief Dan George, retired leader of the Squamish Tribe and winner of the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie, “Little Big Man,” walks arm-in-arm with Kathy Polick, a movie company publicity girl, through Times Square here.”

 

Chief Dan George was born as Geswanouth Slahoot on July 24, 1899 in North Vancouver, Canada. He entered a residential school at the age of five years and was given the name of Dan George. During most of his adult life, he worked at a variety of jobs to include being a longshoreman, a school bus driver, and a carpenter. In 1951, he became the chief of a band of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation…he served in this capacity until 1963.

 

He began his acting career in 1960 by appearing in a Canadian television series called “Cariboo County.” In 1970, he appeared in the film, “Little Big Man,” alongside Dustin Hoffman, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 

In 1976, Chief Dan George appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in the film, “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” in the role of “Lone Wadi.” He continued to make film, television, and stage appearances up until the time of his death on September 23, 1981 in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 82 years. He was buried in the Burrard Cemetery on the Tsleil-Waututh reservation.