July 03, 2013

Cheyenne sacred clown in Longmire

TV 'Longmire' is Gary Farmer a Cheyenne tribal 'Sacred Clown'?

By Roscoe PondThe episode “Tell It Slant” opens with Walt Longmire having a nap on his couch in his log cabin. He is dreaming of a Native American man wearing a white mask with feathers dangling from his head. Is it a dream? Or is it happening in front of Walt as he rises to walk toward his front porch. The Native male is riding a horse backwards & waves at Walt who is confused. It turns out not to be a dream after all. Does Walt predict what comes to him involving homicide? (In the mystery novels--Walt sees things no one does while investigating murder).

Longmire tells his deputies that there is a man who walks backward in the town square wearing a mask. He calls himself a Cheyenne tribal 'Sacred Clown.' He influences people to see beyond the normal & Walt believes this man told him that there has been a murder. He was right. They found a local psychic named Cassandra strangled to death in her home. She is also a Cheyenne Indian whose brother Aaron 'Two Rivers' (Gary Farmer) was the man who rode by Longmire's cabin in that mask.
Comment:  From what I've read, Longmire seems to have Native plots and characters most of the time. I haven't commented on them because I haven't seen them. This episode seemed particular interesting because of the bit of Cheyenne culture. Which may or may not be authentic.

For more on Longmire, see Native Roles on Longmire and Longmire Mysteries to Become TV Series.

Below:  Gary Farmer not in Longmire.

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