2020s

Know the Cast: ‘Reservation Dogs’

Reservation Dogs Cast on FX

The Reservation Dogs cast includes Devery Jacobs, Zahn McClarnon and Sarah Podemski. This info article contains minor spoilers for the FX series, which was filmed entirely at the Muscogee Nation reservation in eastern Oklahoma. Visit the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, Reservation Dogs follows a group of Native American teenagers. They hope to begin a new life together in California but must first address their current realities in Oklahoma. Reservation Dogs pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s iconic 1992 crime movie Reservoir Dogs, but separates itself with a narrative full of Indigenous protagonists and antiheroes. See below for a full cast and character breakdown.

Reservation Dogs Cast: Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan Postoak

Reservation Dogs Cast - Devery Jacobs as Elora Danan Postoak

Character Profile: The true leader of the Reservation Dogs. She’s stern and sees the bigger picture. Elora was three years old when her mother Cookie died.

Jacobs’ Resume: Tina in Cold (2016), Miranda in This Life (2016), Britney in The Lie (2018), Lilith Bathory in The Order (2019-2020), Sam Blackcrow in American Gods (2019-)

Reservation Dogs Cast: D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear Smallhill

Reservation Dogs Cast - D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai as Bear Smallhill

Character Profile: The male leader of the Reservation Dogs. He battles against perceived local enemies and wants to connect with his estranged father — a Native American rapper who now lives in Los Angeles. Bear’s self-awareness complements Elora’s street-savvy personality.

Woon-A-Tai’s Resume: Chase Whaley in Holly Hobbie (2018), Tom Longboat in Murdoch Mysteries (2019), Lucky in Creeped Out (2019), Mikey in Tribal (2020), Hank in Beans (2020)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Lane Factor as Cheese

Reservation Dogs Cast on FX - Lane Factor as Cheese

Character Profile: The focal crew’s youngest member. He says little and often seems naive. Expect Cheese to rapidly mature and become more vocal throughout Reservation Dogs.

Factors’ Resume: TV Debut in Reservation Dogs, Role TBA inThe Fabelmans (2022)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack

Reservation Dogs Cast on FX - Paulina Alexis as Willie Jack

Character Profile: An observant member of the Reservation Dogs. She’s stylish and perceptive but doesn’t necessarily seemed destined to lead the group out of California. Still, Willie Jack shows little fear in her native Oklahoma.

Alexis’ Resume: April in Beans (2020), Role TBA in Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Sarah Podemski as Rita

Reservation Dogs Cast - Sarah Podemski as Rita

Character Profile: Bear’s charismatic mother. She looks for love in her community and wisely abandons a morally-questionable suitor who could provide a comfortable lifestyle. Rita wants her ex-husband to visit Bear in Oklahoma.

Podemski’s Resume: Cheyenne Blueweed in Cashing In (2009-14), Ellen in Between (2015-16), Tafv in Mekko (2015), Denise Minahik in Tin Star (2017-19), Kayla in Resident Alien (2021)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Zahn McClarnon as Officer Big

Reservation Dogs Cast - Zahn McClarnon as Officer Big

Character Profile: A local cop. He asks the Reservation Dogs about a stolen food truck and seems to believe in conspiracy theories. Officer Big enjoys socializing more than working.

McClarnon’s Resume: Officer Mathias in Longmire (2012-17), Hanzee Dent in Fargo (2015), The Professor in Bone Tomahawk (2015), Akecheta in Westworld (2018), Crow Daddy in Doctor Sleep (2019)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Dallas Goldtooth as William Knife-Man

Reservation Dogs Cast - Dallas Goldtooth as William Knife-Man

Character Profile: A spirit who appears to Bear. He’s a warrior from the past who checks off all the cultural cliches about Native Americans. William Knife-Man provides comic relief in Reservation Dogs.

Goldtooth’s Resume: John Trudell in Drunk History (2019)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Kimberly Guerrero as Auntie B

Reservation Dogs Cast on FX - Kimberly Guerrero as Auntie B

Character Profile: Bear’s entrepreneurial aunt. She’s hired to make a microphone pendant and gripes about the payment. Auntie B’s finished product looks more like a penis and testicles than a microphone.

Guerrero’s Resume: Winona in Seinfeld (1993), Lindsay McNeil in Grey’s Anatomy (2010), Joanna/Neena Wapasha in Longmire (2012-14), Sheriff Nina White in Blood & Oil (2015), Renee Thomas in Rutherford Falls (2021)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Gary Farmer as Uncle Brownie

Reservation Dogs Cast on FX - Gary Farmer as Uncle Brownie

Character Profile: Elora’s weed-happy uncle who isn’t familiar with modern marijuana. He’s a local hero who once fought and defeated 10 (maybe 20) people within two minutes. Uncle Brownie wants Elora to know more about her mother, yet it pains him to speak about his sister’s death.

Farmer’s Resume: Nobody in Dead Man (1995), Nobody in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Arnold Joseph in Smoke Signals (1998), Moon in Blood Quantum (2019), Dan Twelvetrees in Resident Alien (2021)

Reservation Dogs Cast: Garret Hedlund as David

Reservation Dogs Cast on FX - Garret Hedlund as David

Character Profile: A sports medicine doctor who hooks up with Rita. He lives in a glamorous home but makes questionable statements about Native Americans. David is a well-meaning character who lacks self-awareness.

Hedlund’s Resume: Sam Flynn in TRON: Legacy (2010), Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady in On the Road (2012), Johnnie Five in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Jamie McAllan in Mudbound (2017), Ben Miller in Triple Frontier (2019)

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The Reservation Dogs cast also includes Jon Proudstar (Geromino, Into the West), Elva Guerra (Rutherford Falls), Kirk Fox (Wyatt Earp, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Lil Mike (America’s Got Talent) and Funny Bone (America’s Got Talent).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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