‘Reservation Dogs’ wins two Independent Spirit Awards
(ANNews) – On Sunday, March 6, the 2022 Independent Spirit Awards honored the TV series Reservation Dogs with “Best Ensemble Cast in a Scripted Series” and “Best Scripted Series” awards.
The show, which follows a group of Indigenous children attempting to leave their reservation by any means necessary, is the first ever show in television history where every writer, director and series regular is Indigenous.
The main cast of the series – Paulina Alexis, Devery Jacobs, Sarah Podemski and D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai – appeared alongside series co-creator Taika Watiti, director of Thor: Raganarok and Jojo Rabbit, for accept the price.
Watiti spoke of the win, saying the cast was “so deserving, very hardworking, also a cast that I selected with my friend for our show…. Literally giving myself an award.
“That’s what we’ve become. That’s what we do now…and you wonder why they all hate us. That’s what we do on Sundays: come down, sit in a tent. If you are in a tent, you are camping.
“It’s a universal story that also reflects their unique perspective,” he said.
Meanwhile, series star Devery Jacobs understands the huge success of these awards for the portrayal of Indigenous peoples in popular media. “This award is so much bigger than ourselves, just ourselves,” she said.
“Each of us comes from different nations of Turtle Island who have survived 500 years of colonization. And in 100 years of film and television, Reservation Dogs now marks the first project with all native creatives at the helm.
She then dedicated the award to Indigenous peoples who “came before us, working in Hollywood playing antagonists in Western films and stoic, savage mythical Indians to Indigenous creators who must endure and break the tropes of this industry.”
“It is thanks to you that we accept this award. We are walking the very path that you fought for us and made for us. We hope this can mark a new beginning. Indigenous artists have so many stories to share. And we are only beginning to scratch the surface,” she concluded.
Finally, in an interview with Hollywood journalist, Sterlin Harjo, co-creator of the TV series, said, “I think it was just about having the opportunity to tell the story the way we did. made. Taika and Garrett made it possible at FX; I was a street guy, there’s no reason I should even be in the lobby.
“But they took me across the hall to a room where there were executives with money and they lit the show and let us do the show and to FX’s credit they also trusted us and let us hire Indigenous writers and filmmakers to tell a story and they give us the freedom to do that.
“I’m more proud of what will come out after that because of what we proved, that they gave us the opportunities and we stepped up and we did it,” Harjo said.
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