My Summer Lair Chapter #203: What is The Outer Range Of Sheriff Joy Hawk’s Patience When You Treat Her Like Just Another Reservation Dog?
This is the TV Guide description of Outer Range now streaming on Prime Video: “Royal Abbott is a Wyoming rancher, fighting for his land and family, who discovers a mysterious black void in the pasture, following the arrival of Autumn, a drifter with a connection to Abbott’s ranch. While the Abbott family copes with the disappearance of their daughter-in-law Rebecca, they are pushed further to the brink when a rival family, the Tillersons, try to take over their land.”
That mysterious black void? Is a black hole…in the ground…in Wyoming.
How does a cattle rancher process that?
As I conclude at the end of this episode: I hope I conveyed the darkness, the dysfunction and the drama of families trying desperately to hold onto disturbing secrets. As you can hear from this My Summer Lair conversation with Tamara Podemski this is a TV show about strong identities.
And this episode reflected that; I asked her about being a unicorn. Her father is an Israeli Jew and her mother is an Anishinaabe from the Muscowpetung band of First Nations people in Saskatchewan. That’s…well that’s clearly a unicorn. No matter how many parties you go to; you ain’t gonna run into individuals like that.
As a child of Egyptian parents I still don’t grasp hockey…like what is icing all about? With her background and her experiences I can’t even begin to understand how to process or even balance a Jewish First Nations identity. (Granted I struggle to understand icing in NHL games so I’m dealing with a host of ongoing issues.)
As you’ll hear when you press play…her response is insightful and witty.
If a black hole in Wyoming is not your jam you can see Tamara as Aunt Teenie in 2 episodes of Reservation Dogs: Season 2.
Reservation Dogs follow the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma. However, the second episode Tamara appears entitled Wide Net in has quite a number of exploits of her own. Oh my. Prepare to blush. Aunt Teenie is wild so make sure the kids are out of the room. Season 2, episode 5. Enjoy.
Season 1 of Outer Range is now streaming on Prime Video; it’s been renewed for a second season. Behold the trailer:
Host Sammy Younan
Recorded: Tuesday October 11, 2022 at 12:00 pm
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