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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. He was also an accomplished native dancer who toured with the Plains Intertribal Dance Troupe in the 60s and 70s across Canada, Europe, and South America. As an adult, Tootoosis became a champion of native rights and even acted as a band chief. He also pursued his talent as an artist—learning painting, sculpture, and drama. In 1972, he got his first big break when he landed the role of Almighty Voice in the movie Alien Thunder which co-starred Donald Sutherland.

A veteran of over 40 films, Tootoosis has appeared with such stars as Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron in Reindeer Games (2000) and joined an all-star cast in Legends of the Fall (1994) with such actors as Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. He has also acted in Alaska (1996) with Charlton Heston, Lone Star (1996), Pocahontas: The Legend (1995), Black Robe (1996), and Leaving Normal (1992) with Meg Tilly and Christine Lahti. Tootoosis has also performed in the television series Due South, Lonesome Dove, and Hawkeye as well as spending five seasons on the hit show North of 60 as a series regular. He is also the winner of the Eagle Spirit award at the American Indian Motion Picture awards in 2001.

Currently, Tootoosis lives with his wife of over 40 years, Irene Seseequasis, on the Poundmaker Reserve. He is a member of the Cree tribe. Mr. Tootoosis is the voice of Thomas Yellowtail in Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way .

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Clip Title: Sun Dance
Summary: Gordon Tootoosis discusses The Sun Dance, the center of Plains Indian spiritual life.
Total Running Time - 53 seconds
Low Res File Size - 2.7M
High Res File Size - 4.6M

 Film Clips with Gordon Tootoosis (4)
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Indian Tradition
Mr. Tootoosis speaks on the importance of Indian traditions, which teach people about "learning how to live," in contrast to educaton in schools, which teaches how to make a living.
Total Running Time - 2 minutes 6 seconds
Low Res File Size - 6.3M
High Res File Size - 11.2M
Cultural Heritage
Gordon Tootoosis discusses the importance of retaining Native American cultural heritage and identity.
Total Running Time - 2 minutes 50 seconds
Low Res File Size - 8.5M
High Res File Size - 14.9M
Poundmaker Reservation
Gordon Tootoosis speaks on how life on the Poundmaker Reservation impacts his cultural identity.
Total Running Time - 1 minutes 05 seconds
Low Res File Size - 3.3M
High Res File Size - 5.6M
Sun Dance
Gordon Tootoosis discusses The Sun Dance, the center of Plains Indian spiritual life.
Total Running Time - 53 seconds
Low Res File Size - 2.7M
High Res File Size - 4.6M

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Will we see a Cultural Mosaic, Melting Pot or Both
This free teaching aid is a “Flash” film which has a voice-over of author and editor Michael Fitzgerald following PowerPoint slides that include maps and film clips. It is designed for use in classroom discussions around the question whether the future of the U.S. will see a "cultural mosaic", a "melting pot" or both, particularly in relation to the lives of American Indian youth.
Total Running Time - 13 minutes 59 seconds
Low Res File Size - 44M (streamed)
High Res File Size - 44.2M (streamed)

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