Tantoo Cardinal was born 20 July 1950 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada as Rose Marie Cardinal. She's "métis." Métis is the French version of the Spanish "Mestizo" meaning she has both Native American and European ancestry, in her case, Cree and French. On Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman she played Snow Bird.


  • Mother - Julia Cardinal
  • Husband #1 - Fred Martin (1968-1976) divorced
  • Husband #2 - John Lawlor (1988-2000) divorced
  • Daughter - Riel (w/ Lawlor)
  • Sons - Cheyenne (w/ Martin) & Clifford

Filmography (Notable)Edit

For her complete filmography see her imdb page

  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Black Robe (1991)
  • Legends of the Fall (1994)
  • Smoke Signals (1998)

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