Dan George (Magill's Choice: American Indian Biographies, Revised Edition)
Article abstract: After entering acting late in his life, Dan George played Indian roles in a number of films during the 1970's.
Dan George began his acting career when he was in his sixties. Previously he was a laborer and musician, and from 1951 to 1963 he was chief of his Tell-lall-watt band of the Burrard Salish. In 1959 George had a part in a Canadian television series entitled Caribou Country. He appeared in the film Smith in 1969. His best-known film role was as Old Lodge Skins in the unusual 1970 Western Little Big Man , starring Dustin Hoffman. George won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category.
George also appeared in the original stage production of George Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, a drama about contemporary Indian life, and a number of other films, including Harry and Tonto (1974), The Outlaw Josie Wales (1975), and Shadow of the Hawk (1976). He did not support the radical Indian activism of the 1970's, but he worked to support native rights, to counter derogatory depictions of Indians, and to argue that Indian roles should be played by Indian actors.
Kilpatrick, Jacquelyn. Celluloid Indians: Native Americans and Film. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.
Rollins, Peter C., and John E....
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