By JoKay Dowell
Afterward, the two served on a panel discussion at a Minneapolis conference with Dallas Goldtooth, Dakota-Dine (Navajo), and his partner-brother, Migizi Pensoneau, Annishinabe and Ponca. The brothers had been making comedy videos since 2008. After their videos became popular they started getting requests to do live performances, mostly at local colleges and tribal conferences, calling themselves Deez Muttz Comedy.
Red Corn said it took the guys months to agree on a name for the loosely formed production company. Goldtooth said his Deez Muttz Comedy name lasted only a few months till the brothers met Harjo and Red Corn in Minneapolis and The 1491s was born.
“To be honest, the first time The 1491s got together was on the actual set of our first video, ‘New Moon Auditions,’” Goldtooth said.