Fall Keynote Webinar
Presented by Western Museums Association and British Columbia Museums Association
Sponsored by DLR Group
The Western Museums Association (WMA) in partnership with the British Columbia Museums Association (BCMA) were excited to host a special free Keynote Webinar featuring Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Muscogee Creek), the co-creator (along with Taika Waititi) and showrunner of FX's original series Reservation Dogs. We had a wonderful discussion with Sterlin on how Indigenous representation is changing in film and television, the messages behind Reservation Dogs, as well as his thoughts on how museums can amplify Native voices.
Watch the recording below or click here to watch on Facebook.
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Critical Praise for Reservation Dogs
In all, "Reservation Dogs" is a lovely, eminently watchable triumph. It’s an overdue tribute to a sort of community it doesn’t mythologize. Instead, the show treats the reservation and its residents on their own terms, as worthy of being explored for just what it is, and just who they are. – Daniel D'Addario, for Variety
Waititi and Harjo’s writing is key, but what holds everything together right now is this young cast...You can already feel that this show is just the beginning of their bright and varied careers. – Danette Chavez, for AV Club
Reservation Dogs isn’t interested in gesturing at the subject of identity, but in being true to life. – Shirley Li, for The Atlantic
The triumph of "Reservation Dogs" is that it subverts the long history of exclusively depressing storytelling about Natives, often written by creators and writers plagued by white guilt. It also, by no means, is intended to assure white and non-Native folks' comfort or gloss over continued oppressions and racist stereotypes with apolitical comedy. What "Reservation Dogs" does is recognize that...comedy is an inextricable feature of Native communities. – Kylie Cheung, for Salon
Special thanks to DLR Group for supporting this special keynote webinar and transformative change in museums