First US children’s series with Alaska Native lead kicks off
By RACHEL D’ORO
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Natives are sharing their world with a general audience in the nation’s first-ever children’s series featuring indigenous leads.
“Molly of Denali” premieres July 15 on PBS Kids. The animated show highlights the adventures of a 10-year-old Athabascan girl, Molly Mabray. Her family owns the Denali Trading Post in the fictitious community of Qyah, which has a diverse population.
Native Americans voice the indigenous characters.
The series is co-produced by Boston-based WGBH and animation partner Atomic Cartoons in collaboration with Alaska Native advisers and script writers.
The 30-minute show will run mornings seven days a week. WGBH executive producer Dorothea Gillim says PBS ordered 38 half-hour episodes besides the hour-long premiere
Each episode also includes a short video featuring real Alaska Native children living life in the vast state.