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Part of the soul of “Yellowstone” is the Dutton family’s work to protect, preserve and monetize the farm that bears their name. With the ongoing playwrights and actors strike, CBS has beefed up its fall schedule by rebroadcasting “Yellowstone,” the series created by Taylor Sheridan that was a phenomenon on Paramount. Network since its launch in 2018.
In celebration of the film’s September 17 network debut, Dominioncinemas spoke with Jessie Jarvis, a third-generation rancher from Idaho who documents Western life on her blog and Instagram. herself, to find out her opinion on what was factual in the film and what was fictional.
Jarvis lives and works with her husband, parents and another employee, raising and selling beef on a remote ranch 75 miles north of the Nevada border. She is a big “Yellowstone” fan, but to show its authenticity, she notes that her relationship with the show is different than that of entertainment shows, like the “Real Housewives” series. ”
“When I sit down to watch TV in the evening, I want to watch something relaxing, where I can turn my mind off after a day of work,” she says. “And ‘Yellowstone’ doesn’t always do that for me, because it reminds me of my problems. Partly, it’s like I’m reviewing my life.”
Here’s what Jarvis thinks the film shows realistically, and some things that only happen on screen:
Family farming (and family drama)
The Dutton family has a lot of family conflicts. 97% of farms in the United States are family-owned, so family business issues are a real challenge. Jarvis said her family isn’t as conflicted, but when you work alongside a husband, parents or children every day, there can be a lot of tension, especially on the farms where you live and work. . But on-screen family relationships are much more dramatized.
One thing that has come up a lot over the seasons is the expansion or invasion of the Yellowstone Ranch. This is a problem that many rural areas are facing, due to population growth. The COVID pandemic has also made many people want to leave the city. They want to move to smaller towns. However, small towns can no longer accommodate them, so they are buying land. But there is a struggle with the need to feed a growing population. Resources need to be conserved, but how to accommodate a growing population when these homes are taking up resources? This is a problem that rural America is facing.
State government has a big focus on ranching
In Idaho, our governor is a rancher and comes from a longstanding ranching family. They operate in the sheep industry and the beef industry. There are many herders in the State Council and Senate Council of our state. We also have strong organizations like the Idaho Livestock Association, for example. They are an organization of livestock families. They have nearly 1,000 members and have connections
Strong relations with parliament and the federal parliament. So when we have problems in the industry, they are resolved quickly.
A lot of the clothes they wear are brands from the Western industry. You’ll see a lot of outfits from Kimes Ranch in the movie – it’s a brand that we also wear. The hats they wear, they come from brands like American Hat and Greeley Hat, which we also wear. I think this is because Taylor Sheridan is so passionate about this lifestyle, he wants to present an accurate and truthful image. He did a great job in that.except for Jimmy’s cowboy hat in the first season. It looks like it came from a country music festival. We don’t wear those.
Real-life rodeo athletes
Sometimes you will see people on horseback and they stand in an arena doing horse control exercises. It’s all our professional athletes who are actually riders – not actors. They also talk about horses in a realistic way, as they are real competitors in these sports.
Pride in the land
The Dutton family values their land, their cows and the work they do. They are very proud of that. This is true for us every day. Unlike on TV, I can tell you that livestock farming is not profitable, so we are not here for the money. We’re here because there’s no better way to raise a family. There’s no better way to work. And it is truly worth being around animals and maintaining our country’s heritage.
The Dutton family is very wealthy, which is not reflective of the majority of farms and ranches in the United States today. We don’t own a helicopter. Many of the pickup trucks and trailers featured in the film are top of the line, like Dodge Trucks and Bloomer Trailers. They are commonly used in our industry, but the reality is that you don’t always see them in family farming and livestock operations. However, there are some farms that are owned by investors and have access to such things, but that is only a small part. Their amounts do not give a good picture of the financial situation of the herders and farmers.
Violence and profanity: Violence, obviously, is not accurate at all. Sometimes it seems like someone gets shot in every episode!
“Yellowstone” is also quite vulgar in its words, which wouldn’t run in any way except violence. I’ve said some dirty words to a cow before, and we always joke that when you separate cows from family, no one gets out of there without being scolded. But it’s not like this. Actually, and I don’t want to say this because I enjoyed the movie and I’m not a weird person, but after a while, I wanted to have a normal conversation without any profanity.