“There will be a season two, and I can coordinate that,” said Danny Edmo, stunt coordinator for the new hit series, Dogs Reservation. “I did everything except the pilot episode, and it opened a lot of doors for us as Aboriginal people.”
The 37-year-old stunt coordinator began his life’s journey home on the Blackfeet Reservation.
“I grew up with the rodeo – steers and bulls,” Danny said. “My dad, Jack Edmo Sr., and Alan Sherman raised bucking horses so I’ve been riding since I can remember… that’s what got me started in rodeo.”
A graduate of Browning High School, Danny was on the A State Championship basketball team in 2001 and 2002. At the same time, he was in the “pretty heavy” rodeo until 2004, participating in the Indian National Rodeo Final in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
After high school, Danny moved to New Mexico when his father accepted a job with the Indian Health Service. He was there in 2004 when he competed in the INFR in California, winning the Bull Riding Championship.
Returning to Albuquerque for Christmas with his family, Danny attended a New Years party where a casting agent was looking for Native Americans who could ride bareback. The next day, Jack informed Danny’s sisters of the offer. As they needed a family member over 18 to accompany them, Danny volunteered to accompany them.
“When [my sisters] were getting their fittings, they asked me if I wanted to dress for $ 150, and I was like, okay, I can do that before college and the rodeo, so I did, ”a said Danny. “A week later, January 1, it was cold and I was dressed, so I went out on a hill to the scene of the Sand Creek Massacre, and horses crossed the hill with Scotty. [Augare], Dutch [Lunak] and beautiful [Michael]. We saw each other and they said, do you wanna go upstairs? And I said yes, I want it!
They were shooting the TV series, To the west.
“It went from there,” Danny said. “I worked the following summer with the same coordinator on a bunch of native stuff and slowly progressed and got to know the people.”
This small start, some might say fatal, led to his more central position in filmmaking.
“I get phone calls asking me to work on different shows, so I get all the native guys together,” he said. “Now that Dutch and Scotty are no longer stunted, I’m replacing their shoes. “
As for Dogs Reservation, Danny was called in in their search for an all-Native American production.
“They contacted me and recommended me for the job so I spoke to a few others,” Danny said. “They helped me out and gave me a shot, and it worked wonderfully. It’s a pleasure to work with directors and actors. It’s like being in a family, and all of my success I owe it to Dutch and Scotty.
Until there, Dogs Reservation is a total success.
“Yes, I heard [good feedback], “he said.” It’s crazy; It’s awesome. Everything is indigenous, and this is the first time that I have seen this in forever. The story is indigenous – everything revolves around them.
As for his predecessors, Danny has nothing but praise for those who came before him.
“Dutch and Scotty paved the way for everything,” he said. “I have a group of stuntmen (Wagon Burner Stunts) and I bring people back from my place. The Momberg boys and the younger generation begin to come and help. Native Americans begin to do Native American stunts. We are capable of doing all of this and we make ourselves respected.