Sterlin Harjo belongs to the Seminole and Creek Nations, and is a native of Holdenville, Oklahoma. Harjo studied painting at the University of Oklahoma. In 2004, Sundance Institute selected Harjo to receive an Annenberg Fellowship. In 2006, Harjo was in the inaugural class of United States Artists. Harjo has had multiple films screen at the Sundance Film Festivals throughout the year including his latest film, Mekko, which won best film at the ImagineNative Film Festival in 2015. Harjo is a founding member of the all Native comedy group, the 1491’s.