Skoden meaning: Taika Waititi's Reservation Dogs has fans trying out new slang

Olivia Olphin August 10, 2021
Skoden meaning: Taika Waititi's Reservation Dogs has fans trying out new slang


Can’t wait for Thor: Love And Thunder to be released? Need more Taika Waititi content? Then look no further than his new hit comedy series on Hulu, Reservation Dogs. Fans are loving the authentic slang used in the programme. We answer the questions – What is the meaning of skoden, stoodis and wado?

What is the meaning of Skoden?

The word skoden means ‘let’s go then’, and is often said before a fight. The phrase has been used by many different indigenous communities for years, but has now become more of a joke or slang word.

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Other new words that fans have been hearing in the series are wado and stoodis.

Wado means thank you in Cherokee. It is the English phonetic spelling of the word. While stoodis means ‘let’s do this’ and is often used in relation to skoden.

What is Reservation Dogs about?

Reservation Dogs follows four indigenous teenagers who live on a Native American Reservation in Oklahoma, and follows the scrapes, and drama that they get themselves involved in.

These young people are bored and frustrated, they partake in petty crime, vandalising local properties, and long for an escape from their monotony.

The show is currently premiering as part of FX on Hulu in the US.

Reservation Dogs — “Pilot” – Episode 101 — One year after the death of their friend, four Native teens commit crimes to fund their efforts to leave their home in rural Oklahoma. Written by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi; Directed by Sterlin Harjo. Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), shown. (Photo Courtesy of FX on Hulu)

The cast includes D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Sarah Podemski, Matty Cardarople, Paulina Alexis and Devery Jacob among others.

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Reservation Dogs | Trailer | FX on Hulu

Reservation Dogs | Trailer | FX on Hulu

Fans are loving the new native slang

The show has been a big hit online and people are celebrating its use of native slang. It looks like the word skoden may be travelling all over the world.

We can’t wait to binge watch the rest of the series!

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.