Sterlin Harjo, co-creator of “Reservation Dogs,” was joined by actors from the shot-in-Oklahoma FX series Sunday night at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor appeared on stage with Harjo to present the award for best directing for a limited or anthology series or movie.
“We are here on television’s biggest night as creators and actors, proud to be Indigenous people working in Hollywood, representing the first people to walk upon this continent and we are really happy to be here,” Harjo said.
Harjo’s words were greeted with applause, as were ensuing comments from cast members.
“Thankfully networks and streamers are now beginning to produce and develop shows created by and starring Indigenous people,” Woon-A-Tai said.
“It’s a good start, which can lead us to the day when telling stories from under-served communities will be the norm, not the exception,” Jacobs said.
Following up on Jacobs’ words, Alexis said, “Because, like life, TV is at its best when we all have a voice.”
Factor, Jacobs, Alexis and Factor play the primary characters — Bear, Elora Danan, Willie Jack and Cheese — in “Reservation Dogs,” considered a groundbreaking series because of its all-Indigenous cast and creative team. The half-hour series follows the adventures of four youths as they plot to escape the modern-day reservation following the death of a friend.
All eight season one episodes of “Reservation Dogs” are available for streaming on FX on Hulu. Co-created by Harjo and Taika Waititi, “Reservation Dogs” has been renewed for a second season.
“Reservation Dogs” premiered in August, one month after nominees were announced for the 73rd Emmy Awards.