It’s How We Do In Our Communities: Sterlin Harjo & Cannupa Hanska Luger talk Reservation Dogs, Life & Indigenous Art

Sterlin Harjo is an award winning Seminole/Muscogee Creek filmmaker who has directed three feature films and a feature documentary all of which address the contemporary Native American lived experience. Harjo is a founding member of the five-member Native American comedy group, The 1491s. Sterlin’s latest project Reservation Dogs, is a television show created in collaboration with Taika Waititi , airs August 9th on FX. 

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multidisciplinary artist who creates monumental and situational installations and durational performance and often initiates community participation and social collaboration. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent. 

In this conversation the artists reflect on the process and outcome from Sterlin’s journey on creating the television series Reservation Dogs. They also talk about Native humor, colonization, fruit flies, equity for women in the film industry, their mullets, anxiety in dealing with the press, boundaries, honesty, Indigenous community responsibility, Billy Jack hats, Indigenous film crews, fatherhood and so much more.

I hope you enjoy this little pre-party before you get to see the premier of Reservation Dogs on August 9th on FX. 

Also check out Sterlin’s podcast ‘The Cuts’ where this conversation and others with the creative team from Reservation Dogs and Sterlin will be airing and ‘The Cuts’ archive is thick, including an interview with his collaborator Taika Waititi.

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Music: ‘Rumble’ by Link Wrey

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