Hulu is bringing two forms of art together for Native American Heritage Month, with a special fusion between a beloved series and an indigenous artist.
November is here, which marks the arrival of Native American Heritage Month. During this month of recognition for the first Americans and the significant contributions they made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., Native American Heritage Month is a time to highlight the ongoing work and contributions of these same groups and individuals. This year, Hulu is embarking on a special celebration: an art installation created by an Indigenous artist, inspired by the FX series Reservation Dogs.
Hulu is celebrating both Native American Heritage Month and the series finale of the award-winning Reservation Dogs series by engaging Anishinaabe artist Blanke Angeconeb to create artwork meant to embody the spirit of the show. Reservation Dogs is a breakthrough show in terms of Indigenous representation, featuring a team of Indigenous writers and directors as well as the majority of the show’s cast.
To mark this momentous series and its representation, Angeconeb created a moving, one-of-a-kind mural painting that will be on display from November 6 to December 4, 2023 at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. This is another nod to Reservation Dogs, which is the first scripted television series to film in Oklahoma.
“This mural is meant to acknowledge the journey that the main characters went on over the show’s three seasons, and all the youth they’ve inspired across Turtle Island. It is done in my traditional Anishinaabe woodlands art style, which is used to tell stories, but with a contemporary twist,” said Angeconeb.
“The four main friends are depicted as Thunderbirds, often considered the most powerful entities, representing strength and protection, with their friend Daniel watching over them. I named my piece ‘Young Warriorz’ because I wanted to honor how groundbreaking Reservation Dogs was for Indigenous representation, and how important it was for me personally to see my community and culture portrayed on screen.”
Additionally, as you look at the mural, you’ll want to keep an eye out for several Easter eggs from Reservation Dogs. Angeconeb wove a number of details referencing the series into his work, including icons that refer to moments throughout seasons one through three.
Can’t make it to Oklahoma City or the First Americans Museum to see this stunning mural in person? Angeconeb’s artwork will be placed across a variety of media throughout the month of November, giving fans the chance to also see his creations on Hulu’s social media channels. “Wild postings” in Los Angeles and Seattle will also take place throughout the month, giving fans the opportunity to tear away commemorative copies to take home.