Danny Edmo, Dutch Lunak, JC Augare and Scottie Augare continue to provide Native stunt riding in television and movie productions, along with many talented riders from Blackfeet Country.

 “There will be a season two, and I get to coordinate that,” said Danny Edmo, stunt coordinator for the new hit series, Reservation Dogs. “I did all but the pilot episode, and it’s opened a lot of doors for us as Native people.”

The 37-year-old stunt coordinator began his life’s journey at home on the Blackfeet Reservation.

“I grew up with rodeo – steers and bulls,” Danny said. “My dad, Jack Edmo Sr., and Alan Sherman raised bucking horses so I’ve been on a horse since I can remember…that’s what got me started in rodeo.”

A graduate of Browning High School, Danny was on the championship State A basketball team in 2001 and 2002. At the same time, he was into rodeo “pretty heavy” up through 2004, competing in the Indian National Finals Rodeo in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

After high school, Danny moved to New Mexico when his father took a job with the Indian Health Service. He was there in 2004 when he competed at the INFR in California, winning the championship in bull riding.

Returning to Albuquerque for Christmas with his family, Danny attended a New Year’s Eve party where a casting agent was looking for Native Americans who could ride bareback. The next day, Jack told Danny’s sisters about the offer. Since they needed a family member who was over 18 to go with them, Danny volunteered to come along.

“When [my sisters] were getting their fittings, they asked if I wanted to get dressed for $150, and I thought, okay, I can do that before college and rodeo so I did it,” Danny said. “A week later on Jan. 1, it was cold and I was dressed up so I walked out on a hill for the Sand Creek Massacre scene, and some horses came over the hill with Scotty [Augare], Dutch [Lunak] and Beau [Michael]. We saw each other and they said, do you want to ride? And I said yes I do!”

They were filming the television series, Into the West.

“It took off from there,” Danny said. “I worked the next summer with the same coordinator on a bunch of Native stuff and slowly worked my way up and knowing people.”

That small, some might say fated, beginning led to his more central position in movie making.

“I get phone calls asking to work different shows, so I’m getting all the Native guys together,” he said. “Now that Dutch and Scotty aren’t stunting, I’m filling in their shoes.”

As for Reservation Dogs, Danny was called in their search for an all-Native American production.

“They reached out and recommended me for the job so I talked to a couple others,” Danny said. “They helped me out and gave me a shot, and it’s worked out awesome. The directors and actors are a blast to work with. It’s like being in a family, and all my success I owe to Dutch and Scotty.”

So far, Reservation Dogs is a complete success.

“Yeah, I’ve been hearing [good feedback],” he said. “It’s crazy; it’s awesome. It’s all Native, and it’s the first I’ve seen of that in forever. The story is Native – it’s all about them.”

As for his predecessors, Danny has nothing but praise for those who came before.

“Dutch and Scotty paved the way for everything,” he said. “I got a stunt group (Wagon Burner Stunts), and I’m bringing people from home. The Momberg boys and the younger generation are starting to come up and help. Native Americans are starting to do Native American stunts. We’re capable of doing all that, and we’re getting respect.”

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