Tantoo Cardinal has appeared in well over 120 film and television projects throughout her 48-year career. She has won numerous awards for her performances and is a recipient of the Earle Grey Award, a Member of the Order of Canada and inducted into the CBC/Playback Hall of Fame. She has appeared in plays, television programs and films, including Legends of the Fall, Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Loyalties, Luna, Spirit of the Whale, Unnatural & Accidental, Marie-Anne, Sioux City, Silent Tongue, Mothers & Daughters and Loyalties.
Her more recent feature films include her starring role in Falls Around Her and leading roles in Angelique's Isle, Wind River, Through Black Spruce, The Corruption of the Divine, Maina, Chasing Shakespeare, Eden and Hard Powder.
On the small screen, her credits include recurring roles on the series SEE, Westworld, Longmire, Mohawk Girls, Frontier, Blackstone, Arctic Air, The Guard, North of 60 and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Also, Cardinal has had several guest-starring roles, including Penny Dreadful, Strange Empire, The Lightning Field, Street Legal, The Campbells, Gunsmoke, Tom Stone, Myth Quest, Lonesome Dove and Renegade.
Additionally, she has starred in TV movies which include The Englishman's Boy, Dreamkeeper, the PBS documentary Nobody's Girls and the mini-series Godless.
Cardinal's theater work includes playing Gertrude in Hamlet, Regan in King Lear and the role of Pelajia in The Rez Sisters.