Kaniehtiio Horn

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Kaniehtiio Horn
Born 1985/1986 (age 29–30)[1]
Other names Tiio Horn, Kaniehti:io Horn
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Kaniehtiio Horn (born c. 1986) is a Mohawk actress. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for her role in the television film Moccasin Flats: Redemption. She appeared in the 2009 films The Trotsky, Leslie, My Name Is Evil and The Wild Hunt, and starred in the CBC television sitcom 18 to Life. In 2012, she joined the main cast of the Netflix drama Hemlock Grove, as Destiny Rumancek.

Early life[edit]

Horn is a native of Kahnawake, a Mohawk reserve outside of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn, is a former model and a political activist for the Kahnawake First Nation. Her father, who is Scottish and German descent, is a lawyer. Growing up, Horn split her time between the reserve and Ottawa, where her father lived.[2] Kaniehtiio has said that “I used to live on a reserve, but I went back and forth between my reserve and Ottawa where my father lived, so I kind of had a double life growing up. ”[3] Her sister, Waneek Horn-Miller, was co-captain of the Canadian women's water polo team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.[4]

Horn decided to be an actress at a young age, but concentrated on swimming and water polo as a teenager. She graduated from Dawson College in 2005 for theatre arts, and appeared in a number of short films.[5]


Horn's first film acting credit was in 2006 for the CBC television mini-series Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis. Horn was present at the 1990 Oka Crisis at the age of four with her mother and 14-year-old sister.[5] Her sister, Waneek, was stabbed in the chest by a soldier's bayonet while holding Horn; a photograph of the incident, published on the front page of newspapers, came to symbolize the standoff between Mohawks and the Canadian government.[4]

Horn landed a role in the 2007 drama film The Colony, directed by Jeff Barnaby. In 2008, she appeared in the TV film Moccasin Flats: Redemption, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for her role. She also appeared in Journey to the Center of the Earth that year, starring Brendan Fraser.

In 2009, Horn starred in The Trotsky, directed by Jacob Tierney, playing a Montreal high school student. She appeared in The Wild Hunt, directed by Alexandre Franchi and in Reginald Harkema's Leslie, My Name Is Evil, as a member of Charles Manson's death cult.[6] The three Canadian films were selected for the prestigious Festival du Nouveau Cinéma. The Trotsky and The Wild Hunt made the Top 10 Canadian films list at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.[1]

Horn starred in the CBC television sitcom 18 to Life as Monica Bellow. The series was picked up by the CW network and aired in the U.S., beginning in August 2010. Horn filmed a second season in Montreal in mid-2010.[7]

Horn voiced several roles in By the Rapids, an APTN cartoon she made in collaboration with friend Joseph Tekaroniake Lazare. She also shot an APTN television pilot, Escape Hatch, with Mohawk writer-director Tracey Deer. In 2010, Horn again worked with director Jacob Tierney in the film Notre Dame de Grâce.[1] She starred in the low-budget slasher film A Flesh Offering, directed by Jeremy Torrie, playing an artist that gets lost in the woods.[8]

In 2011, Horn starred in the horror anthology film The Theatre Bizarre,[9] and played a priestess in Immortals. She filmed Penthouse North, with Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton, and shot a CBC comedy pilot.[2] In 2012, Horn joined the cast of the Netflix drama Hemlock Grove as Destiny Rumancek, a Gypsy witch-prostitute. She starred alongside Famke Janssen, Dougray Scott, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron and Lili Taylor in the original supernatural series.[10]

Horn voiced the role of Kaniehtí:io, the Native American protagonist's (Ratohnhake:ton) Mohawk mother, in the 2012 video game, Assassin's Creed III, developed by Ubisoft. She wrote and directed her debut film that year, The Smoke Shack, in association with the National Screen Institute.[11] In 2013, Horn played Rynn, an Irathient Spirit Rider, on the Syfy TV series, Defiance,[12] and played Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz in "Slumber Party", an episode of the CW series Supernatural.[13] She also appeared in Embrace of the Vampire (2013 film) starring Sharon Hinnendael, a remake of the 1995 horror film of the same name,[14] and in the television special Gavin Crawford's Wild West.


  1. ^ a b c Griffith, John (January 2, 2010). "Kaniehtiio Horn: Professional streak". Montreal Gazette. 
  2. ^ a b Coleman, Jason (January 24, 2012). "Interview: 'The Theatre Bizarre' Female Serial Killer Kaniehtiio Horn On Vision Stains, Creepy Contacts And Playing Androgynous". starpulse.com. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Coleman, Jason. "Interview: 'The Theatre Bizarre' Female Serial Killer Kaniehtiio Horn On Vision Stains, Creepy Contacts And Playing Androgynous". Star Pulse. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Starkman, Randy (July 29, 1999). "From Oka battles to Pan Am glory". Toronto Star. 
  5. ^ a b Griffith, John (October 9, 2009). "Mohawk actress rooted in family and community". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Motion Picture Purgatory: Leslie, My Name Is Evil". Dread Central. June 4, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (July 14, 2010). "'18 to Life' picked up by CW". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 17, 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Wilner, Norman (October 21, 2010). "A Flesh Offering". Now. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 
  9. ^ Kratina, Al (August 5, 2011). "Fantasia 2011: The Theater Bizarre". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 31, 2012). "'18 to Life' Alum to Play Gypsy Witch-Prostitute on Netflix's 'Hemlock Grove'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Smoke Shack | National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI)". National Screen Institute. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Dyrr, Kristen (May 7, 2013). "Watch the First Four Minutes of 'Defiance,' Episode 5". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kristoffersen, Rob (October 30, 2013). "Supernatural 9.04 ‘Slumber Party’". CraveOnline. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Cockrell, Garon (October 22, 2013). "DVD Review: Embrace Of The Vampire". Leavenworth Times. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 

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