John Scott-Richardson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe. Maternal lineage is Nansemond/Tutelo Saponi and paternal lineage is Meherrin/Tuscarora. He is a graduate of Atlantic Christian College with a degree in Psychology, and a double minor in Commercial Art and Business Administration. John has been active in the Native artistic community a majority of his life and has performer and speaker throughout the continental USA.
Recently John's acting career exploded when he landed several strong roles. Most recently he performed: the role of 'Philbert' in the theatrical adaption of the novel/film Powwow Highway,(AMERINDA Inc.); along with a reoccurring role as 'Tribal Councilman Davis' in the award-winning show "Banshee" (Cinemax); in a PSA for the Keep it Sacred Organization national campaign and in Hit a Lick as 'Lil Man' releasing 2015.
John also tours as a percussionist with the contemporary Native musical group 'Transitions Beyond Tradition'. He has performed at North Carolina Museum of History and Duke Energy Performing Arts Center 2013/2014.
Richardson also appeared on the '2012 Comedy Central Awards' with Chevy Chase and Norm McDonald and award-winning independent films, Guns Booze and Bullets and Fall of the Hunters Moon.
John Scott-Richardson is an accomplished Native men’s traditional singer, dancer, public speaker, and emcee. He was taught eastern woodland traditions, songs, art and dances by his elders. As a traditional Native artist; John is a cultural advisor with North Carolina Museum of History, producer of music, powwows and stage performances.
Scott-Richardson was Program Director for the North Carolina statewide youth advocacy program, American Indian Commercial Tobacco Prevention. He has been featured at NC Museum and NC Arts council in several historical features for American Indians in Southern region.