D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

Birth Name: D’Pharaoh Miskwaatez Loescher McKay (Mahkaai) Woon-A-Tai

Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Birth: September 19, 2001

Ethnicity: Oji-Cree First Nations, Guyanese [Chinese, small amount of African], German

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is a Canadian actor. He stars on the show Reservation Dogs. He has also been credited as D’Pharaoh Mckay Woon-a-Tai.

His fraternal twin brother is actor Xxavier Woon-A-Tai. He was raised in the Esplanade neighbourhood in Toronto, and spent time in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (or Big Trout Lake). He attended Council Fire in Regent Park to learn Indigenous drumming.

On his father’s side, he is of Oji-Cree descent. His middle name Miskwaatez means “red belly turtle” in Ojibwe.

D’Pharaoh’s maternal grandfather is Frank Woon-A-Tai. Frank is a ninth degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. He is the chief instructor of the International Karate Daigaku, the President of the Caribbean Karate College, Chief instructor and Chairman of the Guyana Karate College, and Chairman of IKD Canada and IKD Guyana. Frank was born in Georgetown, Guyana. His ancestry has been described as “86 percent Chinese from Canton, China and 14 percent black from Guyana.”

D’Pharaoh’s maternal grandmother is named Maureen. Maureen is a karate-ka.

Sources: https://www.vogue.com

2 Responses

  1. nick says:

    Oji-Cree *is* an Anishinaabe First Nation so I think including Anishinaabe in the body is unnecessary, but both should be tagged… He’s sometimes credited as D’Pharaoh McKay (Woon-A-Tai), Mckay is a fairly common last name in Oji-Cree communities.

    This article describes Frank’s ancestry as “86 percent Chinese from Canton, China and 14 percent black from Guyana.” https://guyanachronicle.com/2020/12/27/56-years-of-karate-guyanese-karate-ambassador-now-training-successors/

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