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First US children’s series with Alaska Native lead kicks off

This image released by PBS shows characters, from left, Tooey, voiced by Sequoia Janvier, Trini, voiced by Vienna Leacock and Molly, voiced by Sovereign Bill, in a scene from the animated series "Molly of Denali." (PBS via AP)

By RACHEL D’ORO
Associated Press
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.


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