Gordon Tootoosis, CM (October 25, 1941 – July 5, 2011) was an Aboriginal Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent. Tootoosis was a descendant of Yellow Mud Blanket, brother of the famous Cree leader Pitikwahanapiwiyin. He was acclaimed for his commitment to preserving his culture and to telling his people's stories.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Tootoosis
Gordon Tootoosis, CM (October 25, 1941 – July 5, 2011) was an Aboriginal Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent. Tootoosis was a descendant of Yellow Mud Blanket, brother of the famous Cree leader Pitikwahanapiwiyin. He was acclaimed for his commitment to preserving his culture and to telling his people's stories.
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Gordon Tootoosis, Actor: Legends of the Fall. A Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent, Gordon Tootosis made his film debut in the western film Alien Thunder (1974) with Donald Sutherland and Chief Dan George. Tootoosis provided memorable performances in television and movies, including the role of 'One Stab' in Legends of the Fall (1994), the role of 'Growling Bear' in the Steven Spielberg...
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A descendant of Yellow Mud Blanket, who was a brother of the legendary Plains Cree leader Pîhtokahanapiwiyin (Poundmaker), Gordon Tootoosis, was raised with his 13 siblings in the Plains Cree tradition until he was taken from his home and placed in one of the infamous residential schools, where he was treated harshly and forbidden to speak his own language. His father, John Tootoosis, was an activist for Aboriginal rights, which got the younger Tootoosis into trouble at school, including an expulsion when teachers caught him singing powwow with fellow students. John Tootoosis was the founding chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), and later became one of the founders of the Assembly of First Nations. Gordon later served as chief of his band and vice-president of the FSIN.
After his traumatic school years, Gordon Tootoosis lived briefly in Whitehorse, where he worked as a mentor for youth. He then went into social workwith the Saskatchewan Department of Welfare, specializing in work with children and young offenders. His interest in his own cultural traditions led him to become an accomplished powwow dancer and rodeo roper. He toured throughout Canada, Europe and South America with the Plains InterTribal Dance Troupe in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming one of North America's most popular powwow announcers.
After breaking into acting with a recurring role in the Edmonton-shot TV series Stoney Plain, Tootoosis made his film debut as the Cree fugitive Almighty Voice in the Canadian feature Alien Thunder (1974, released on video as Dan Candy’s Law). The film starred Donald Sutherland and Chief Dan George, one of Tootoosis’s idols. Tootoosis then appeared in many theatre, television, film and radio productions, including the Genie Award-winning Black Robe (1991) and the Oscar-winning Legends of the Fall (1994), with Brad Pitt, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Tootoosis’s close friend, Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal. Tootoosis’s character, One Stab, also the film’s narrator, was changed from Cheyenne to Cree at Tootoosis’s insistence, an example of how he helped shape Hollywood’s sensitivity to Indigenous characters. Tootoosis regarded Legends of the Fallas the favourite film production of his career. Tootoosis followed Legends of the Fall with another major Hollywood success, Disney’s Pocahontas (19...
Tootoosis performed in theatre early in his career, appearing in productions in Saskatoon, Calgary and Toronto. His time with Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille was especially influential for its emphasis on inclusivity and experimentation. Among Tootoosis’s most notable credits from this period was his performance as Chief Crowfoot in Rudy Wiebe’s Far as the Eye Can See (1977) at the Tarragon Theatre. In 1999, Tootoosis and Tantoo Cardinal founded the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company (SNTC) along with several of their peers to offer a creative outlet for at-risk youth. The SNTC was renamed the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre Company in 2015 to honour the actor’s legacy. Among Tootoosis’s final performances was the lead in Saskatchewan playwright Kenneth T. Williams's Gordon Winter at the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon in 2010 before touring with the play to the Prairie Scene Festival in Ottawa.
Tootoosis and his wife, Irene Seseequaisis, met in residential schooland married in 1965. Despite Tootoosis’s success, they continued to live on the Poundmaker Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan, where they raised a family of three daughters and two adopted sons. After losing a daughter to cancer in 1997, they raised her four children. Tootoosis died of pneumonia at age 69.
Award of Excellence, ACTRA Awards(2003) Best Supporting Actor (On the Corner), American Indian Movie Awards (2004) Member, Order of Canada(2004) Walk of Honour, Dreamspeakers Film Festival (2005) Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series (Wapos Bay), Gemini Awards(2008) Henry Woolf Continuing Achievement Award, Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards (2011) Inductee, Playback Canadian Film & TV Hall of Fame, Playback(2015)
Tootoosis provided memorable performances in television and movies, including the role of 'One Stab' in Legends of the Fall (1994), the role of 'Growling Bear' in the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries Into the West (2005) and the role of 'Chief Red Cloud' in the HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007).
Gordon Tootoosis, CM (October 25, 1941 – July 5, 2011) was an Aboriginal Canadian actor. He was of Cree and Stoney descent. Tootoosis was a descendant of Yellow Mud Blanket, brother of the famous Cree leader Pitikwahanapiwiyin.  He was acclaimed for his commitment to preserving his culture and to telling his people's stories.
Biography of Gordon Tootoosis Born on Saskatchewan’s Poundmaker Reserve, Gordon Tootoosis was raised with a strong Cree belief system and knowledge of the Cree language, art, and worldview. At an early age, he became a cowboy and champion Calf and Team Roper.
Most recently Mr. Tootoosis played the lead role in Gordon Winter, by Saskatoon playwright Kenneth T. Williams that is a fictionalized account of a controversial aboriginal leader inspired by the ...
Jul 05, 2011 · To the family of Gordon Tootoosis: I had seen a few of Mr. Tootoosis movie roles and thought he was a good native actor, then I saw him in "Legends of the Fall" and really liked his role in it. But when I saw him in "North of 60" I was blown away. Even as a bad guy he did so much for that role and that show.
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Celebrated actor Gordon Tootoosis has died, a family member has confirmed to CBC News. The cause of death was not immediately available but he was recently hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.
Tootoosis, John Baptiste (1899– 1989). A central figure in the development of modern Indian political organizations, Tootoosis was a tireless promoter and defender of treaty rights, and deserves some of the credit for the entrenchment of Aboriginal rights in the 1982 Constitution Act.