Eric Schweig (born Ray Dean Thrasher on 19 June 1967) is an Aboriginal Canadian actor best known for his role as Chingachgook's son Uncas in The Last of the Mohicans (1992).Eric Schweig was born in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. He has Inuvialuit lineage on his mother's side and Chippewa/Dene with German descent on his father's side. Schweig was adopted at the age of six months by an English-speaking German-French family. He spent his childhood in Inuvik until he was six, when his family moved to Bermuda. They later moved back to Canada, to Combermere, Ontario. Schweig's adoptive parents were severely abusive. He fled his home at the age of sixteen.He arrived to Toronto, where he supported himself by framing houses. In 1985, he was part of the cast of The Cradle Will Fall, an experimental adaptation of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening, produced by Theatre of Change at the Actor's Lab; this was his first experience as an actor. In 1987, at 20 years old, he was approached by a producer who suggested he audition for a role in the movie The Shaman's Source (1990). With little formal education or experience, he won the role. The film launched his career in the film industry.Schweig's numerous screen credits include his portrayal of Uncas in the epic motion picture The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Pike Dexter in the movie Big Eden (2000), for which he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Outfest film festival.More recently, Eric Schweig has played roles in films and television shows addressing more contemporary issues facing aboriginal and Native American people.During the 1990s, Schweig began an artistic quest to regain his aboriginal roots. Since his childhood, like many Inuit, Eric has carved small objects in wood or stone. Under the coaching of artist Vern Etzerza, he studied traditional Pacific Coast carving before directing his talent specifically toward traditional Inuit Spirit Masks, in collaboration with master carver Art Thompson.His collection of masks are not only successful attempts to reconnect with his heritage and with Inuit art, but his carvings are also necessary labours of psychological resilience facing a traumatized childhood. As a disastrous consequence of this uprooting and abuse, Schweig struggled for many years against alcohol abuse and drug abuse. He has stated that Skins was the first movie in which he was entirely sober.
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