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An older man with a beard drinks coffee at a table next to a young man who's been blindfolded.Graham Greene and D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai in Reservation Dogs (season three, episode two)

On the first shoot day of the TV series Reservation Dogs, the call sheet had a banner announcement for a “Blessing Ceremony at Call.” At 8:00 a.m., the parking lot of our Tulsa location, a strip mall clinic we had turned into an Indian Health Services Center, was filled with the usual trappings of a film set: trailers, catering tents, frayed nerves. But the entire cast and crew (both on- and off-set personnel) was also gathered, arranged in a loose circle around a smaller band of Indigenous community leaders, elders and Sterlin Harjo, the creator and show runner.  Wotko Long, […]

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