Based on the novels Leaphorn & Chee by Tony Hillerman, the AMC show Dark Winds was created by Graham Roland and executive produced by George R.R. Martin (the creator of Game of Thrones), Robert Redford, and Zahn McClarnon—who also plays the lead role in the series. And now it’s coming back for season two.
Set in Navajo Nation in the 1970s, the show was created by a crew of Indigenous writers, actors and producers. The show’s director, Chris Eyre, is of Cheyenne and Arapaho descent. The show follows Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and his team as they investigate a series of crimes including murders and a bank heist. The result is a glimpse into a place and culture viewers won’t ever have seen from this perspective.
“What was unique about [Dark Winds] was the opportunity to tell a story in the Native community without a white character bringing you into the community and experiencing it through the white character’s point of view,” Graham Roland, the show’s creator, executive producer and a citizen of Chickasaw Nation, told the Associated Press. Instead, the perspective is that of the Indigenous character “who grew up there, lived there, and polices that environment.”