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TONTO: The Man in Front of the Mask is the first biographical book ever written about Harold J. Smith aka Jay Silverheels. Jay, a Mohawk from the Grand River Six Nations Territory, was an athlete, a husband, a father and much more than the character ‘Tonto’ that he is so well known for.
This book is displayed at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Center, the Sports Hall of Recognition, located in Brantford, Ontario, Canada and is already considered a ‘collectible’.
Between it’s hard covers the 128 pages contain 90 photographs plus 17 original drawings and maps. Interviews were with family and friends. Jay’s life is illuminated, false information is rebuked and true facts are clarified and expanded upon. Oral history was blended with written information, respecting both sources, giving you the reader, a unique insight into Jay’s life.
The book begins with the Six Nations Story of Creation and leads into Jay’s family and his youth. We then follow his Hollywood career, ending with contemporary comments related to the 2013 release of the Lone Ranger movie. Every baby-boomer will be delighted to find out who the “real” man portraying Tonto was.
TONTO is part of the ‘teachable subject matter’ in the Six Nations Iroquois Program Teachers Resource Guide.
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