Tonto: The Man in Front of the Mask (2013)




This book is the first biography and complete book ever written about Harold J. Smith, aka Jay Silverheels, a Mohawk from the Grand River Six Nations Territory. Jay was born in 1912 when most children went to residential institutions. Jay’s mother did attend, but Jay avoided being taken. He attended a high school in Brantford, already an accomplished and celebrated athlete. His athletic prowess led to Hollywood fame.

Jay Silverheels was known as Tonto of the original Lone Ranger T.V. series. This award-winning book follows Jay’s life in and out of Hollywood. It includes a commentary about the Johnny Depp version of Tonto in the new Lone Ranger movie released in 2013. Interviews were with family and friends. Jay’s life is illuminated, false information is rebuked, and facts are clarified and expanded upon. The reader will be surprised to find out who the “real” man portraying Tonto was.

Zig Misiak is an award-winning Polish-Canadian author and student of Indigenous history and culture. Misiak’s mission is to teach all those interested in Indigenous Nations and history. Misiak states that he writes about, but does not speak for, Indigenous peoples and always considers both oral and written information when researching his books.

AUTHOR: Misiak, Zig
​ISBN: 9780981188065
PUBLISHER: Real Peoples History

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