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True Detective

The HBO series “True Detective: Night Country” is set in the fictional town of Ennis, Alaska. While most of the filming was done in Iceland, some scenes were shot around Nome. Producers have been in touch with locals to get insights and feedback for the show.

Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone is one of five people on the Iñupiaq Advisory Council, the team working with the show. The producers’ goal was to “make the show about a place like Nome.” Tahbone said the board reviewed the scripts for all six episodes featuring Ennis, and shared their concerns with writers about scenes and lines that seemed inaccurate or questionable.

Tahbone was glad to be part of the advisory council and to help ensure the content was as accurate and respectful as possible. She said she hopes it can pave the way for more Indigenous people to work in the film industry.

Image at top: Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone pictured with Jodie Foster on set of HBO series True Detective: Night Country. Photo courtesy of Marjorie Kunaq Tahbone, used with permission.

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