Kateri Walker is a tribal member of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, Ontario, Canada and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; she is also of Belgian descent. Kateri received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan; she majored in Theatre & Drama.
Kateri recently returned to performing by starring in Shelley Niro’s directorial debut of the Mohawk feature film, Kissed by Lightning (2009). Kissed by Lightning made its premiere at the Imagine Native Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario; the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco (Kateri was nominated for Best Actress); at the Santa Fe Film Festival, Kissed By Lightning won BEST INDIGENOUS FILM at the Milagro Awards show; and in February, Miss Walker was nominated for an ACTRA Peer Award for Outstanding Female Actor for her role as Mavis Dogblood in Kissed by Lightning. You can see the trailer of Kissed by Lightning on You Tube when you search the title. This film will also be screened in August 2010 at Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ms. Walker has received accolades for her work in ‘Home’ and the ‘The Strange Case of Bunny Weequod’ from the American Indian Film Institute, in San Francisco. She also received an ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ from the First Americans in the Arts Awards, Beverly Hills, for her work in Outside Ozona. In BLUEBERRY (2004), Kateri plays a role that was written expressly for her and named after her by director, Jan Kounen.
Kateri is an avid sports fan; when she’s not out bouncing the basketball in a men’s pick up game on the local playground you might find her encouraging youngsters to participate in sports; she’s especially excited to act as an Ambassador to Nike’s N7 program. Another of Kateri’s great loves is dancing, especially at pow-wows, where she is an award-winning Jingle Dress dancer. She has been honored to act as the Head Lady Dancer many times from California to New York City. Kateri was also honored to Jingle Dress dance with Keith Secola and the Wild Band of Indians at the Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Miss Walker offers her dancing spirit and theatrical performances in honor of her parents, Mary Anne DeLeary Walker and James R. Walker.