Tantoo Cardinal

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Tantoo Cardinal
Tantoo Cardinal HandPrint Edmonton.jpg
Hand print, Aboriginal Walk of Honour, Edmonton AB
BornRose Marie Cardinal
(1950-07-20) July 20, 1950 (age 63)
Anzac, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active1975–present
 
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Tantoo Cardinal
Tantoo Cardinal HandPrint Edmonton.jpg
Hand print, Aboriginal Walk of Honour, Edmonton AB
BornRose Marie Cardinal
(1950-07-20) July 20, 1950 (age 63)
Anzac, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
OccupationActress
Years active1975–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]

Television[edit]

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge

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