Given Covid, some families are relying on screen time more than they would otherwise. Fortunately, there are some quality programs available. Molly of Denali is one of them.
Young children learn about themselves and the world around them through stories. creator and executive producer of Molly of Denali,Dorothea Gillim says, “(Stories) help us make meaning of who we are, of our experiences.”The stories and images children hear, see or don’t hear and see “informs their sense of self and their outlook on others…Indigenous children need to see themselves depicted onscreen as heroes, while non-Indigenous children should learn about cultures that have been stigmatized and marginalized over time.”
“When I was growing up, all I saw was really stereotypical, inaccurate, and oftentimes negative portrayals of Native people. And very seldom did I see any Alaska Native representation in media,” shares Princess Johnson, creative producer of the show. “The story they adopt is overwhelmingly one of deficit and disparity. This narrative can undermine relationships with other communities of colour.” Many say Molly of Denali challenges that.