Comanche Nation teenage siblings in new AMC show

Updated: Apr. 25, 2017 at 10:18 PM CDT
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Michelle and Aaron Nevaquaya (Source KSWO)
Michelle and Aaron Nevaquaya (Source KSWO)

ELGIN, OK (KSWO) - A teenage brother and sister who are members of the Comanche Nation recently made their small screen debut in a show called 'The Son' on AMC. The show is based on a book of the same name, and depicts the life of Eli McCullough, who was captured by and lived with the Comanches during his youth in Texas before growing up to become one of the most powerful men in the state.

Last year, 15-year-old Aaron and 13-year-old Michelle Nevaquaya went to an open casting in Lawton. The casting company was looking for extras for their new program, and the siblings were among a handful of local tribal members who were selected.  Once they heard they were in, the siblings and their father commuted to the set in Austin, Texas during the months of August and September.

While watching the first episode of The Son on AMC, Aaron was looking for one scene in particular.

"That's me," he said when he popped up on the TV screen.

It was the scene that Aaron was chosen as a featured extra to hand a peace pipe over to the main character after an intense fight.

Aaron said he had one thought during that scene.

"Hopefully I don't drop it," Aaron said.

Aaron and his sister Michelle both spent time on the set of The Son at the end of last summer.

Now they are watching every episode that comes out each week.

"Whenever it came to like some scenes I would just like look for myself in the background most of the time," Michelle said.

Aaron said being on that set, which looked like a Comanche camp, was like traveling back in time.

"There were a lot of teepees set up," Aaron said. "Even the clothes I was wearing. With fringe leggings, a bridge cloth and moccasins I had on. And my hair always braided up into two braids."

Their father, Baliente Herrera, was on the set with them.

He said he was impressed in how AMC was focused on casting Comanche tribal members, and how detailed they were in portraying the Comanche nation at that time in history.

"We as tribal members, Comanche tribal members, we are watching this, and they are speaking our language. They are dressed how we would actually dress in that time period. Well, that's pretty accurate," Herrera said.

Aaron said while in the show, he was also learning. And believes others can learn a little more about Comanches from the show as well.

"That's who my people were," Aaron said. "That's what we did a long time ago. We were fierce warriors. We defended our lands, and we took care of our families."

Being on this show has opened up opportunities for Aaron and his family. He admits he has been bitten by the acting bug. So, don't be surprised if you see him on the big or small screen again.

You can catch 'The Son' on AMC on Saturday nights at 8.

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