Chief Dan George

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Chief Dan GeorgeOC (July 24, 1899 – September 23, 1981) was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, a Coast Salish band located on Burrard Inlet in North VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada. He was also an author, poet, and an Academy Award-nominated actor.

His best-known written work was the poem: “My Heart Soars.” 

 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.”

Three other beautiful quotes from Chief Dan George:

“I was born a thousand years ago, born in the culture of bows and arrows … born in an age when people loved the things of nature and spoke to it as though it had a soul.”

“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 one destroys.”

“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.”