The fashion of “Rutherford Falls” supports and celebrates native design

Without giving too much away, there is a scene in season two of “Rutherford Falls” that encapsulates and subverts how Native American culture has been brilliantly misrepresented through costumes: stereotypical braided ponchos; gaudy headdresses with rainbow shadows and feathers; a hodgepodge of fringed, beaded cheap and culturally appropriate Halloween dresses.

“It was crazy to shoot this episode, because you’re watching yours actual a nightmare in real life, ”says writer and series star Jana Schmieding, who is Miniconjou and Sicangu Lakota, and a member of the Sioux Lakota tribe of the Cheyenne River.