Who would have thought that this Hulu-only show would change not only pop culture, but culture in general, in a way that has put not only Indigenous actors and creators on the screen, but our stories—our true stories—on the televised map once and for all. It has finally made Hollywood and beyond take us seriously—let’s hope they keep listening, as if they got a choice.
[Editor's Note: You can catch up on all of our' "Rez Recaps" on our Reservation Dogs page.]
Created by Oklahoma filmmaker Sterlin Harjo and New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi and starring Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan Postoak, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear Smallhill, Lane Factor as Cheese, and Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack as the titular dogs, this show is the most important program to air this year and, if you haven’t watched it yet, all the episodes of season one are now up for streaming, so you really got no excuse.
Over the past eight episodes, regular viewers have been on an unexpected emotional hayride, a needed and necessary one—a wholly human one, seen through our eyes. But instead of counting down the days until the next season, how about getting out there and supporting Indigenous art wherever you find it?
Native works are not something that you should have to search out—there’s plenty of it right before your eyes if only you’d open them up.
_ Episode 8: Satvrday