'Stumptown' actress Tantoo Cardinal's Indigenous Peoples Day message

(Photo: Howard J. Davis)

'As we honor the Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples' in the United States and North America, I ask, remember where you came from,' says Tantoo Cardinal

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day everyone. Remember where you came from. That is the message of today.

Have you talked to your mother today? Have you ever listened to her? She is more than a sunset and she is more than maternal.

We are the First Nations of the Americas. With over 600 Native Nations in North America, we are on the rise. Witness Native women in national leadership. While women have always been the leaders in our communities ... we are connected to the Fire of our Mother (the Cree word for Fire is Iskotew — made up of two words — Iskwew [woman] Miteh [heart]).  

The stories of Creation go on to tell about the fire at the core of Mother Earth. Indigenous World has never left those foundational truths … the great value of being shut out of “The American Dream”. 

Today is our reminder to rekindle our relationship with Mother Earth. Our world. The Indigenous People know She is sustenance. She is breath. She knows joy and disappointment. She is not based on economy or status. She is based on balance, humility, joy, love, nurturance, equality … and it is where the power is. Earth.  

It is about time we take our breath back. Today, on Indigenous Peoples Day, remember those who were here on this Land before the ships of merchandise, disrespect, and stuff landed. And, remember Mother Earth. Her spirit is what will balance us, and Her spirit is necessary for all of us. If we are one with Her, we are in grace.  

Remember your Mother today. Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' today and everyday.

Tantoo Cardinal, Metis/First Nations, is an award-winning actress of Métis/First Nations decent who can be seen on the ABC Television Network series Stumptown playing Sue Lynn Blackbird. A Canadian native, she has appeared in over 120 film and television projects over the course of her 48-year career. She has won the Earle Grey Award (a lifetime achievement award by the Canadian Screen Awards), is a Member of the Order of Canada and is a CBC/Playback Hall of Fame inductee. 

Her credits include numerous plays, television programs, and films, including: Legends of the Fall, Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, Falls Around Her, Wind River, The Corruption of the Divine, Where The RIvers Flow North, Maina, Chasing Shakespeare, and Eden.  

Television credits include: SEE, Westworld, Longmire, Mohawk Girls, Frontier, Blackstone, Lonesome Dove, Nobody’s Girls, Godless, and Penny Dreadful among others.  

Theatre work includes playing "Gertrude in Hamlet," Regan in the production of "King Lear", and the role of Pelajia in a production of "The Rez Sisters."

Comments (3)
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caniscandida
caniscandida

Terrific concept, "the great value of being left out of 'the American Dream'." That needs always to be returned to and dwelt upon. The American Dream has inspired destructive, deadly behavior of very many kinds. And the supposed reward for having achieved that dream is in the end a life of shallowness and disappointment.

Sunnie
Sunnie

Thank you for your beautiful and timely article.

aztec8888
aztec8888

It is indigenous wisdom and knowledge of the earth that can save us from the damage done, if there is anything left to save.