Indigenous representation in popular media | Talk of Alaska

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Friends gathered in Petersburg to watch L’xeis Diane Benson in her first appearance onscreen as Bee in HBO’s “True Detective: Night Country.” (Hannah Flor/KFSK)

In the past, Indigenous people were misrepresented in movies and other media when harmful stereotypes and racist tropes were too often the norm. Indigenous Americans were presented as one-dimensional characters, or played by non-native actors. But things are changing and the recent HBO season of the series True Detective is a good example. It employed Alaska Native actors, writers and casting directors. What changes when Indigenous people have influence over popular television content? We talk with actors from the Alaska-focused series True Detective: Night Country, on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Mary Lou Asicksik – Actress and Casting Associate, True Detective: Night Country (Mary Lou is also an employee of Alaska Public Media)
  • Phillip Blanchett – Actor in True Detective: Night Country, lead singer/founder of Pamyua
  • Yaari Walker – Advisor and actress in True Detective: Night Country
  • L’xeis Diane Benson – Writer and stage actress, actress in True Detective: Night Country



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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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