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Sterlin Harjo reveals how Minnesota comics played a major role in creating 'Reservation Dogs'

Sterlin Harjo's upcoming visit to the Walker Art Center won't be his first time in Minnesota.

Fifteen years ago, he teamed up with fellow Native Americans from Oklahoma and Minnesota to film a comedy video in Blue Earth called "Wolf Pack Auditions." That seven-minute film kicked off a relationship that would play a role in the making of "Reservation Dogs," which he co-created.

Several members of that comedy troupe, the 1491s, including Dallas Goldtooth of the Bemidji-based Indigenous Environmental Network and Twin Cities native Bobby Wilson, played recurring characters on the series streaming on Hulu. Scenes like the one in which the uncles have a sobfest during a camping trip were inspired by skits they made together.


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