I started watching “Dark Winds”, last night…

I pretty much love it. I don’t miss the rez; just some of the folks I knew. The kind of folks who love this desert land and the people who really are part of it. But, I still have a fair piece of that land handy.

Aside from the mountain ranges which are likely to be populated by tourists or Anglos like me, I have the Caja del Rio. 84,000 acres of mostly nothing but Southwestern-style desert wilderness. Just the other side of our valley. It stretches from here, just West of Santa Fe, all the way over and into Arizona. I love it.

Anyway, “Dark Winds“. Written, directed, produced in the Navajo Nation is a truly accurate representation of life there as I have ever seen. Spoken mostly in Dine…with subtitles. Dead accurate as far as my memory goes. I have to wonder if most Anglos, most Americans will get it. Or care to.

This is a different culture, people living in a different time. Questions and their solutions often don’t match anything in your life’s experience, folks. And as much of a fan as I am of what can be achieved with moving images and foreign languages…or English…the step away from American TV may be too much for too many to get this drama to a second season.

Me? I’m not going to miss an episode. Wouldn’t mind missing some of the commercials; but, that’s also the American kind of TV it is. Casting, acting, every kind of production value is up to standard. Though I manage most of what I watch on my living room’s Big Flat TV on the corner table so as to escape a great deal of the crap we’re told is necessary to fund production of independent stories on the screen. I guess I can put up with it to watch a tale that needs to be seen.

Ed Campbell

2 thoughts on “I started watching “Dark Winds”, last night…

  1. Bilagáana says:

    Interview with Bob Rosebrough, author of ”A Place of Thin Veil: Life and Death in Gallup, NM” https://kglp.podbean.com/e/interview-with-bob-rosebrough-author-of-a-place-of-thin-veil-life-and-death-in-gallup-nm/

    “…Thin places are places of energy. A place where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds – the worlds are fused together, knitted loosely where the differences can be discerned or tightly where the two worlds become one.
    The Pre-Christian and Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England had a keen sense for thin places. The landscape is littered with monuments, markings and ruins that once boldly stated, “This is a thin place. This is holy ground.” https://thinplacestour.com/what-are-thin-places/

  2. Chimayóso says:

    “A former Northern New Mexico College film student plays a supporting role in the “Dark Winds” series. DezBaa’ (born Sharon Anne Henderson) plays Helen Atcitty, mother of a young woman murdered in the first episode.
    This role brought many aspects of DezBaa’’s life full circle. Her sister, Shannon Henderson-Herrera, who is a background actor in some of DezBaa’’s scenes, helped launch DezBaa’’s career by urging her to audition for her first role several years ago. Their father, David Henderson, is also on set as a background actor.
    DezBaa’ was born in Santa Fe and raised in the Española Valley. She is a citizen of the Navajo (Diné) Nation, born for the Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together clan). She is also of Basque, Spanish and Mexican descent.” http://www.riograndesun.com/news/northern-alumna-a-supporting-actor-in-dark-winds/article_227e21e4-02ae-11ed-a46a-db9f50de81b3.html

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