Raised in: Anzac, AB/Based in: Vancouver, BC
For the NAC: Beyond Batoche (Globe Theatre production).
Theatre: Arguably the most widely recognized Native actress of her time, Tantoo Cardinal has appeared in numerous plays, television programs, and films. Cardinal won the Elizabeth Sterling Award in Theatre for Best Actress for All My Relations, and won a First Americans in the Arts Totem Award for her portrayal of the character Katrina in Widows at the Forum Stage in Los Angeles.
Other: (Film) Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe, Loyalties, Luna, Spirit of the Whale, Unnatural & Accidental, Marie-Anne, Sioux City, Silent Tongue and Mothers & Daughters. Her stirring performance in Loyalties earned her a Genie nomination, American Indian Film Festival Best Actress Award, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, plus Best Actress Awards at International Film Festivals in Zimbabwe and Portugal. She won the American Indian Film Festival’s Best Actress Award as well as the first Rudy Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Native American in Film for Where the Rivers Flow North.
(TV) The Guard, North of 60, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Lightening Field, Street Legal, The Campbell’s, Gunsmoke, Tom Stone, Myth Quest, Lonesome Dove and RenegadePress.com. MOW’s include The Englishman’s Boy, Dreamkeeper and the PBS documentary Nobody’s Girls.
For her contributions to the Native artistic community, Cardinal won the Eagle Spirit Award. Other awards include the MacLeans’ Magazine Honour Roll as Actress of the Year, the 1993 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Toronto Women in Film and Television, and an International Women in Film Award for her lasting contribution to the arts. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada.