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Billy Two Rivers

Wrong Billy Two Rivers?

Elected Politician

Kahnawake council

Employment History

  • Kahnawake

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Political Advisor
    First Nations
Web References
030925 - Forever Young - Masters of the mat, 25 Sept 2003 [cached]
Moose Morowski, Scotty Thompson and Billy Two Rivers were part of a bygone era of wrestling in which a significant number of Canadians travelled the world acting out the age-old struggle between good and evil.
But old-time stars like Moose Morowski, Billy Two Rivers and Frank "Scotty" Thompson know better.
Billy Two Rivers, 68, was one of Canada's most famous matsmen.He left the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal to travel and stayed in the wrestling game for 24 years.His awareness of the world around him served him well later in life, as a 20-year elected politician with the Kahnawake council, and then a senior policy and political advisor to the Assembly of First Nations.During the controversial blockade of Montreal's Mercier Bridge in 1990 - the Oka crisis - Two Rivers "handled the media," a job he compared to wrestling a 280-pound bruiser.
Two Rivers traded on his Mohawk background in the ring, wearing a full-feathered headdress atop a Mohawk haircut.He went into a war dance when he lost his temper.He made his debut in 1953 in Detroit, Mich. and was a superstar in England.
"I was more or less a journeyman.I travelled and was more of an attraction.People came to see the Indian," Two Rivers recalls.
Now an elder, passing on the history and heritage of the Mohawk people to youngsters, Two Rivers was able to parlay a sense of theatrics honed in the ring to an acting career.He has seven full-length movies to his credit, including Black Robe.
The Eastern Door - Octber 1, 2004, 6 Oct 2004 [cached]
Billy Two Rivers in his traditional wrestling garb, 1950s vintage.
Pro wrestling legend Billy Two Rivers of Kahnawake was one of the guests of distinction at the Wintergreen Sports Gala for Aboriginal Youth at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa this past Wednesday.
The evening was designed to recognize the efforts of First Nation, Inuit and Metis youth who are striving to reach their dreams through sports.The event also celebrated the lives of accomplished Aboroginal athletes who may now be Elders, or those who are active in leadership roles working with Aboriginal people today.Two Rivers fits that description to a 'T'.
"Billy has a high national profile," explained Wintergreen president Marsha Smoke, "not only for his wrestling career but also in his political life.
Two Rivers told The Eastern Door, with tongue in cheek, that if he was among those honoured last Wednesday, "it's only because it was all cleared through my Indian agent, Keith Myiow!"
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