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Reservation Dogs Creators Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo Talk Subverting Indigenous Stereotypes With Humor – TVLine

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 2021216 Views

August 8 2021

With their new series Reservation Dogs, co-creators Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo are shining a light on what growing up in an Indigenous community is really like.

“One of the similarities in all of those Indigenous communities is humor,” said Harjo during a Television Critics Association press tour panel Wednesday.

Harjo (Mekko), a Seminole-Muscoge Native American who grew up in Tulsa, Okla., bonded with Waititi (What We Do In the Shadows), a Native Māori from New Zealand, over their shared experiences growing up in similar areas. “All of the stories [Taika and I] would tell were funny. They were never sad and depressing, which are the only stories that ever get told about Native people. So, when we were doing the show, it, from the beginning, was going to be a comedy.”

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