A new episode of the kids’ show “Molly of Denali” centers around a character named Vera Malakas, who is Filibascan, a combination of Filipino and Athabascan. Those who worked on the show say that representation of Filipino Alaskans will allow more kids to see themselves and their lives on TV.
The Molly of Denali project is just one effort of Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program, which works to preserve the ancestral languages of the Doyon region.
Harper was only 25 when he and his wife, Frances Wells, died on the steamer Princess Sophia when it ran aground in Lynn Canal on Oct. 25, 1918.
While “Molly of Denali” is an animated children’s series, each episode features a live action segment with a real life Alaska kid.
“Molly of Denali” is the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature a lead character who is Native American.
The show’s producers want kids to have fun — but not co-opt Molly’s Athabascan culture.
“Molly of Denali” is the first national children’s TV show to feature an Alaska Native lead. Some of the show’s creators came to Juneau and put on a vocal acting workshop to help local kids find their own voices.
Sovereign Bill voices Molly Mabray in “Molly of Denali,” the first Alaska Native lead character in a nationally-broadcast children’s program.
Kids across the country soon will be able to watch a young Athabascan girl’s adventures in “Molly of Denali,” the first national kids show to feature a main character who is Alaska Native.
The animated children’s series will debut next summer. It’s the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native character in a leading role.