Os-Ke-Non-Ton

Os-Ke-Non-Ton (Running Deer, his name as a Mohawk chief), baritone, actor (né Louie Deer, b at Caughnawaga [now Kahnawake], Qué about 1890; d Lily Dale, NY about 1950). At first a hunter and guide in Ontario's Lake of Bays district, his singing talent was discovered and coached by Leonora James Kennedy, a Toronto music teacher. During the 1920s he sang at the CNE, at Bigwin Inn (Lake of Bays) and in Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha at Albert Hall, London, and was heard on radio and sound recordings. He also appeared throughout Europe and the US. Four of his 78 rpm recordings are listed in Edward B. Moogk's Roll Back the Years (National Library of Canada, Ottawa 1975.)