Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series: Top-Class Native American Thriller

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The ‘Dark Winds’ is a top-class Native American thriller series. Set in the 1970s Southwest region of North America, it focuses on Navajo Tribal police officers solving crime cases.

The story delves into the murder investigation case being carried out by the two Navajo Tribal police officers. While chasing the elusive murderers, both of these indigenous police officials (Joe Leaphorn & Jim Chee) are forced to confront their belief system. Thus this mysterious case challenged their spiritual aboriginal beliefs when they investigated murder cases.

Trailer of the Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series

Trailer – Dark Winds (S1/2022) Show | YouTube.

Synopsis [official] of the Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series

Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, it follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (Zahn McClarnon) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past.

He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Kiowa Gordon). Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men battle the forces of evil, each other and their demons on the path to salvation.

Ratings of the Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series

FM’s rating4.15/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date100% Tomatometer & 84% Audience Score
Critics Consensus / Rotten TomatoesZahn McClarnon is riveting as a coiled cop in this show, a solid procedural that derives much of its texture from an underrepresented cultural milieu.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Dark Winds (S1/2022) Show

Spoiler-Free Review of the Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series

The introduction

Over the years, we have seen a few Native American stories in the Hollywood industry. Windtalkers (2002) movie was one of those movies. In that 2002 film, set during the Second World War, the Native speakers of the Navajo language conveyed vital military information over the open air in their obscure indigenous language that the Japanese could not decode. Thus Navajo contributed to the successful outcome of the Second World War. That movie has stars like Nicolas Cage and Adam Beach.

Now, once again, we came across this well-made crime drama about the indigenous Navajo community.

About this Native American crime thriller

This neo-Western drama introduces the elements of Navajo tribe mysticism. Plus, this psychological crime thriller maintains a sense of drama. It also touches upon the sensitive political and social issues of Indigenous people. For instance, the forced sterilization of Indigenous Native American women in the USA, that we have read about.

American Doctors began sterilizing indigenous women in the 1930s and grew at a faster rate in the 1970s when Congress passed the Family Planning Services Act, which subsidized said sterilizations for Medicaid and Indian Health Service patients. The rationale for these procedures was centered around fears of global overpopulation and increases in welfare spending which would put an undue strain on the budget of the local community and the Federal Treasury.


A bunch of talented actors from the Native American community

Interestingly, Joe Leaphorn – played by actor Zahn McClarnon is half Hunkpapa Lakota. His partner Jim Chee – played by actor Kiowa Gordon is half Hualapai. Both the Lakota and the Hualapai tribes are neither ethnically nor linguistically remotely related to the Navajo tribe. Also, Bernadette Manuelito – the actress Jessica Mattenred plays the third Native American police officer. She traces her roots to the Red River Metis-Cree tribe.

However, it must be reiterated that all three actors are good. No doubt that they have done commendable acting jobs in the show. It is heartening to note that these days the usually ignored and invisible Native American people are getting long-overdue recognition in the Hollywood entertainment industry. We hope to see more of their stories.

The conclusion

We like this new positive development, as indigenous native people are being able to tell their stories to the world. Nowadays, we are witnessing a course correction and inclusion of Native American tales in mainstream movies/series, and such steps are praiseworthy. So, we repeat that we highly recommend this crime series set in the 1960-1970s era in the Native American land. Plus you get to learn about the mysterious world of indigenous Native American society and the various issues that affect their tribal society.

This crime mystery series with only six episodes in season one is perfect for marathon watch on any given day. So, go ahead and follow the Dark Winds.

Poster of the Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series

Dark Winds (S1/2022) Show – Poster.

Dark Winds (S1/2022) Series:- details

GenresCrime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
CreatorGraham Roland
Age-RestrictionsA (18+)
ReleasedJune 2022
CastZahn McClarnon, Kiowa Gordon, Jessica Matten, Elva Guerra, Deanna Allison, etc.
About – Dark Winds (S1/2022) Show

If you like the Native American series, then perhaps you can check out the Reservation Dogs series and the second season of the Dark Winds (S2/2023) series, too.

Featured & Other Images: Dark Winds | AMC.

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