DARK WINDS Season 2 – Review by Susan Granger

Starting its second season, AMC’s Western series Dark Winds is a pulpy procedural drama set in New Mexico’s Navajo Nation during the early 1970s.
Based on two of Tony Hillerman’s best-selling novels – Listening Woman and People of Darkness – it revolves around laconic tribal police officer Joe Leaphorn, played by veteran character actor Zahn McClaron (Reservation Dogs), who is actually Lakota on his mother’s side.

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DARK WINDS – Review by Susan Granger

Why is AMC’s series Dark Winds so compelling? Perhaps because it emphasizes the importance of realistically depicting Indigenous people in Westerns and what it means to have an all-Native American writers’ room, along with Navajo elders as background extras. Series creator Graham Roland insisted on authenticity, concentrating on Navajo customs and character development. He was determined to make a show about two Native Americans who were the heroes of their own story, as opposed to being brought in by a Caucasian character.

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