Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Chief Dan George

"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears on destroys." Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George was iconic on Canadian Television in the 60's and 70's. For me, he bridged a gap in the understanding between aboriginal and non-natives that has been unprecedented. His credits and my first memory of him is from the CBC TV show - Cariboo County as old Antoine. I remember feeling his immense energy and fell in love with the culture of his people through him. I had past life memories of being one with the land that he helped awaken.

I loved watching 'The Breaking of Smiths Quarter horse' in school as a child, and the wisdom that Chief Dan George shared with the people of British Columbia. He spoke with such a genuine and calming demeanor and shared such basic wisdom. He was not caught up in the drama of being a 'star' and remained in the same little house on the reserve where he was born that he built for his wife and six children. He became Chief Dan George in 1951 when he took over as chief of the Burrard band from his father. He continued in that role until 1963, when his acting career began. Chief Dan George was made honorary chief of two other bands, the Squamish and Shuswap.

He left us with such gifts and wisdom. I am unsure what other cultures know about this great man who came to share with me during my meditation that I felt the urge to write about him and share him with others.

His Early years

(from Wikipedia)
Born as Geswanouth Slahoot in North Vancouver,[1] his English name was originally Dan Slaholt. The surname was changed to George when he entered a residential at age 5.[1] He worked at a number of different jobs, including as a longshoremen, construction worker, and school bus driver,[2] and was band chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation from 1951 to 1963 (then called the Burrard Indian Band).[3]

  Acting career

In 1960, when he was already 60 years old, he landed his first acting job in a CBC Television series, Cariboo Country, as the character, Ol' Antoine (pron. "Antwine"). He performed the same role in a  Walt Disney Studious movie, Smith! , adapted from an episode in this series (based on Breaking Smith's Quarter Horse, a novella by Paul St. Pierre) . At age 71, he won several awards for his role in the film Little Big Man. He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[2][4] He did a hilarious turn as Clint Eastwood's bumbling traveling companion in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976).  Harry and Tonto, and Americathon, and on television, including a role in the miniseries Centennial, based on the book by James A. Michener, as well as appearing in a 1973 episode of the original Kung Fu series.[5]
He played the role of Rita Joe's father in George Ryga's stage play, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, in performances at Vancouver, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Washington, D.C..
During his acting career, he worked to promote better understanding by non-aboriginals of the First Nations people. His soliloquy, Lament for Confederation,[6] an indictment of the appropriation of native territory by white colonialism, was performed at the City of Vancouver's celebration of the Canadian centennial in 1967.[7] This speech is credited with escalating native political activism in Canada, as well as touching off widespread pro-native sentiment among non-natives.[7]
In 1971, Chief Dan George was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[8] In 2008 Canada Post issued a postage stamp in its "Canadians in Hollywood" series featuring Chief Dan George.[9]
He died in Vancouver in 1981 at the age of 82. He was interred at Burrard Cemetery.[10]

  Cultural references

Dan George's B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame star on Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
He was included on the famous Golden Rule Poster under "Native Spirituality" with the quote: "We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive".[11 

The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me.

The summit of the mountain,
the thunder of the sky,
the rhythm of the sea,
speaks to me.

The strength of the fire,
the taste of salmon,
the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away,
they speak to me.

And my heart soars.
Chief Dan George

"May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong."

- Chief Dan George

  1. ^ a b Hidden in plain sight: contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canadian. University of Toronto Press. 2005. p. 14. ISBN 0802088007. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b Yoggy, Gary A (1998). Back in the saddle: essays on Western film and television actors. Jefferson, NC [u.a.] McFarland. p. 138. ISBN 078640566X. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  3. ^ "First Nations - Land Rights and Environmentalism in British Columbia". Institute for the History of Science - University of Goettingen. 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  4. ^ "CBC News Indepth: Oscars". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Chief Dan George (1899–1981)". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Chief Dan George: Acclaimed actor, gentle soul". The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society. 2008. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Chief Dan George - CBC Archives". Archives.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  8. ^ "The Governor General of Canada". Gg.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  9. ^ "Stamp Quest | Stamps : Canadians in Hollywood: The Sequel". Canadapost.ca. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  10. ^ "Chief Dan George (1899 - 1981) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  11. ^ Teasdale, Wayne (2004). Awakening the Spirit, Inspiring the Soul: 30 Stories of Interspiritual .... Woodstock, Vermont : SkyLight Paths Pub. p. xviii. ISBN 1594730393. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  12. ^ Fralic, Shelley (2010-02-12). "Opening ceremony: Canadians strut their stuff". Vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  13. ^ "Chief Dan George Public School". Toronto District School Board. Retrieved 2011-04-18.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Working with your 6th senses from Calling All Angels Show

I sent out the image and wonder smell of the Tiger lily... Mine had a few less spots than this picture, however I really liked it. They are more my father's favourite flower... and since this week was the aniversary of his transition... I thought it was appropriate...

I forgot to share it on the show, so it is in the archives. Also haven't found a new picture to send out as it has been such a hectic weekend. Will try to find something and put up a new one soon....so in the meantime...the beautiful lily is still there sharing its glory... xoxox Sharon

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Calling All Angels with Sharon Taphorn 08/25 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

On Today's show I will be sharing information on working with our goddess of the week, Sulis, messages from the angels, a meditation and then some mini angel sessions... hope you can join us...

Calling All Angels with Sharon Taphorn 08/25 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Playing with the Universe with Sharon Taphorn 08/23 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

On today's show I will be sharing 'The Law of Expectation" as well as any questions, a meditation and then some readings

xoxox Sharon

Playing with the Universe with Sharon Taphorn 08/23 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Working with your 6th senses from Calling All Angels Show

The image, and very much the energy that I projected over the past week was Stonehenge.

This was powerful in the sensation for me to send out. I felt like I was in a portal and could go anywhere, although it seemed I just wanted to sit in the energy.

It was interesting that one of the listeners commented that all week she was thinking of Ireland's most sacred Newgrange, which I hadn't heard about so I thought I would check it out and it is considered Ireland's Stonehenge. I thought that was so very cool that I would share it with you and also here is a picture of it.
When I see a picture of something like this, I am there feeling the energy... this has some interesting energy so now it is another place on my list to see lol..

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Playing with the Universe with Sharon Taphorn 08/16 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Playing with the Universe with Sharon Taphorn 08/16 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

On Today's show I will talk about "Trusting in Spirit" and also share the chapter from Dan Millman's book Laws of Spirit, we will have a meditation and then some mini readings... xoxox Sharon

Friday, August 12, 2011

Working with your 6th senses from Calling All Angels Show

The image and more strongly the feeling and sensation of the waves hitting the shore and peace washing over you. Some might have felt swaying in the waves of love, or peace or healing or all of the above, others the sound of the waves washing against a shore, in a beautiful rhythm.

The week before it was fire, the sound of fire, the feeling of wanting to get things moving and going, releasing the old, purification, cleansing. Any or all of the above.

Send me an email of what you have been sensing and experiencing. This also helps me in my sending. xoxox Sharon

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Calling All Angels with Sharon Taphorn 08/11 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

On Today's show I will share about working with Azrael's energy, some wisdom from AA Michael through Ronna Herman for August and a bit more about this energy we are currently in, a Meditation, and then some mini angel sessions, come join the enlightenment... xoxox Sharon

Calling All Angels with Sharon Taphorn 08/11 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Playing with the Universe with Sharon Taphorn 08/09 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

One of the beautiful questions on last night's show was how can we help the people affected by the drought.

The answer was for each of us to take ask that we nourish the people in Africa with each drink that you take.

So, every time you take a drink, close your eye's for a moment and say a little prayer like "let this beautiful water that is nourishing me also nourish one of my brother's and sister's in Africa, thank you. "

Another tool we can use is the Ho'Oponopono prayer. Connect to the Divine and ask "what in me could have created a world with so many dying of thirst when we have so much? and then" I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you, Thank you while connected to the Divine

Here is a link to the archive from last night's show

Playing with the Universe with Sharon Taphorn 08/09 by Shifting Times Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sharon's Take ~ August 2011 Changes Next Exit

I think that for many of us, the last few weeks have been all about change. Taking the next exit has probably been on more than just a few minds, including my own as I practiced the art of surrender and release, and trying to do it with love. I think I've said more than once, "Is it all worth this" and I am reassured that it is the fastest way to get where I want to go...and reminded that it was I who asked for the fastest way possible. The sense of humour on the other side I laugh manically. You get the picture. So, over the next few weeks life brings about more change.
August is our 8th month, therefore we are in a period of learning to work with and trust our higher selves, our inner guidance and all that is before us. This is a time to keep your spirits high and connected. Since we spend most of the month in mercury retro, it is a fantastic time to do a soul review, recycle unwanted clothes and things that do not suit the new you. Take some deep breaths and take stalk. Are you on track and is where you want to go, adjust your course and get ready to move forward. Look at all four bodies and see if you are in balance and what can you do now to get that balance happening. Take a walk everyday, dance, smell the flowers. Commit to a regular meditation practice and keep at it. Don't give up. For these are the opportunities to connect with yourself, your guides and your angels. It brings more love and peace into your life that can be with you regardless of the energy that is around you. So, keep at it and keep evolving, love and blessings, Sharon

I have a wonderful workshop coming up in Williams Lake. Creating your medicine/spirit stick/wand workshop on August 21st. Come join the fun, and check out my home page at www.playingwiththeuniverse.com