Tantoo Cardinal

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Tantoo Cardinal
Tantoo Cardinal HandPrint Edmonton.jpg
Hand print, Aboriginal Walk of Honour, Edmonton AB
Born Rose Marie Cardinal
(1950-07-20) July 20, 1950 (age 64)
Anzac, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1975–present

Rose Marie "Tantoo" Cardinal, CM (born July 20, 1950) is a Native Canadian film and television actress.

Career[edit]

Cardinal was born in Anzac, Fort McMurray, Alberta. Her mother, Julia Cardinal, was a Métis of Cree descent.[1][2] She has played roles in many notable films and television series, including Spirit Bay, Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Legends of the Fall, Smoke Signals and North of 60. She was cast in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation mini-series By Way of the Stars with Gordon Tootoosis as The Cree Chief and Eric Schweig as Black Thunder. It was shot in Uxbridge, Ontario.

In 2009, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada, as a screen and stage actress, and as a founding member of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company".[3]

On August 23, 2011, Cardinal, Margot Kidder, and dozens of others were arrested while protesting the proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline.[4]

In 2012, she performed the role of Regan in an all-aboriginal production of William Shakespeare's King Lear at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, alongside a cast that also included August Schellenberg as Lear, Billy Merasty as Gloucester, Jani Lauzon in a dual role as Cordelia and the Fool, and Craig Lauzon as Kent.[5]

Filmography[edit]

  • Every Emotion Costs
  • He Comes Without Calling
  • Marie-Anne
  • Places Not Our Own
  • Death Hunt
  • New Day - New Horizon
  • Running Brave (1983)
  • Loyalties (1986)
  • Candy Mountain (1988)
  • War Party (1988)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) - Black Shawl
  • Black Robe (1991) - Chomina's wife
  • The Lightning Field
  • Where The Rivers Flow North
  • Spirit Rider
  • Silent Tongue (1994) - title role
  • Sioux City (1994) - Dawn Rainfeather
  • Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994) (TV)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994) - Pet Decker
  • Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (1995) (TV) - Turtle Mother
  • Grand Avenue
  • Silence (from 1997)
  • The Education of Little Tree (film)
  • Smoke Signals (1998) - Arlene Joseph
  • In Jest
  • The Hi-Line - Singing Bird
  • Navigating the Heart
  • Postmark Paradise
  • The Lost Child
  • Dodson's Journey
  • Edge of Madness (2002) - Ruth
  • V-Day: Until the Violence Stops (2003)
  • A Thief of Time
  • Dreamkeeper (2003) (TV miniseries) - Old Pawnee Woman
  • The Space Between All Things
  • A Day Out with Gordy (2002) (Short) - Woman
  • Memory (2004) (Short) - Ida
  • Unnatural & Accidental (2006) - Aunt Shadie / Rita
  • Native Spirit and The Sun Dance Way 2-DVD Set (2007)[6]
  • Older Than America (2008) - Auntie Apple
  • Ancestor Eyes (2008) (Short) - Verna
  • Mothers&Daughters (2008) - Celine
  • Water Under the Bridge (2009) (Short) - Neighbor
  • Walking on Turtle Island (2009) - Lodge Wife
  • Every Emotion Costs (2010) - Aunt Mercy
  • Fathers & Sons (2010) - Gordon's Sister
  • Shouting Secrets (2011) - June
  • Eden (2012) - The Nurse
  • Chasing Shakespeare (2013) - Older Venus
  • Maïna (2013) - Tekahera
  • Pilgrims (2013) (Short) - Big Girl
  • Rez Carz (2013) (Short) - (voice)
  • Hope Bridge (2014; post-production) - Lana
  • Down Here (2014; post-production) - Stella Mitchell
  • Landlocked (2014; pre-production) - Meme

Television[edit]

  • Tales of an Urban Indian
  • By Way of the Stars (1992)
  • North of 60
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • 500 Nations (1995) (TV miniseries)
  • Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery - Sacagawea (voice)
  • Big Bear
  • How the Fiddle Flows (2002) (TV Movie) - Narrator
  • Tom Stone (TV Series) - Judge Crowfoot (Season2, Episode 4) (2002)
  • DreamKeeper (2003) (TV Movie) - Old Pawnee Woman
  • Windy Acres - Aunt Laura (2004)
  • A Thief of Time (2004) (TV Movie) - Irene Musket
  • H2O - Grand Chief Katie Blackfire (2004)
  • Indian Summer: The Oka Crisis (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
  • Moccasin Flats (TV Series) - Betty Merasty (2003-2006)
  • Spirit Bay
  • The Road to Christmas (2006) (TV Movie) - Sioux Woman
  • Luna: Spirit of the Whale (2007) (TV Movie) - Gloria Maquinna
  • The Guard (TV Series) - Ursula (4 episodes) (2008)
  • The Englishman's Boy (2008) (TV Mini-Series) - Little Soldier's Wife
  • Mom, Dad and Her (2008) (TV film) - Heather
  • Changing Climates, Changing Times (2008) (TV Movie) - Grace Lajoie
  • Tales of an Urban Indian (2009) (TV Movie) - Dianne
  • Dear Prudence (2008) (TV film) - Ruth Vigil
  • Shattered (TV Series) - Carol (2 episodes) (2010)
  • The Killing (TV Series) - Hooker (Season 2, Episode 7) (2012)
  • Blackstone - Wilma Stoney (2012-13)
  • Arctic Air - Aunt Mary (Season 2, Episode 10) (2013)

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge

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