In a special episode honoring Native American Heritage Month, Molly learns about Elizabeth Peratrovich, an Alaska Native civil rights leader; the award-winning animated series incorporates Alaska Native voices in all aspects of the production, both on screen and behind the scenes.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Season 2 of GBH Boston’s award-winning 2D animated series, Molly of Denali kicks off with all-new episodes running November 1-5 on PBS KIDS (see local listings). The show follows the adventures of 10-year-old Molly Mabray, a curious and resourceful Alaska Native girl who lives in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. The new episodes celebrate the rich and diverse Alaska Native culture, with an emphasis on the importance of family and community.
Season 2 leads off with a special episode in which Molly finds inspiration from the real-life Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich, who was instrumental in the passing of the first anti-discrimination law in the U.S. in 1945. Other premiere week episodes feature Molly and her friends designing a special tree house, helping to train a sled dog, searching for a rare hummingbird that migrates every year from Mexico, and finding creative ways to stay warm in the cold.
Check out Molly of Denali Season 2 Episode Line-Up:
Monday, November 1:
“Molly & Elizabeth”
- Molly is excited to show some visitors around Qyah, but they don’t think she is “Native enough” for the job. Upset, Molly learns about someone who also faced discrimination for being Alaska Native, Elizabeth Peratrovich.
- Tooey’s family is throwing a “Uqiquq,” a special Yup’ik celebration in honor of his first catch. Tooey wants to give his Grandma Elizabeth a special gift – a speech in Yup’ik – but will he learn the Yup’ik language in time?
Tuesday, November 2:
“Mouse in the Treehouse”
- Molly and Tooey design the treehouse of their dreams, complete with a windmill and elevator, but their plans may have to change when Tooey’s indoor cat Mouse gets loose!
“Leader of the Pack”
- Tooey’s puppy, Khi, is cute, but doesn’t like following directions. If Tooey wants Khi to become a great lead sled dog, he’ll need patience and lots of help from Molly and Suki.
Wednesday, November 3:
“Butterflies and Bunny Babies”
- After Molly and Trini find adorable baby hares in their butterfly garden, can they figure out how to protect the babies until their mama comes back?
“Every Meow and Again”
- Molly and Tooey find a stray cat in Qyah! As the kids look for the cat’s owner, Suki struggles to tolerate this new house guest.
Thursday, November 4
“Come Back Birdie!”
- Molly might have the chance to spot a rare hummingbird that migrates from Mexico, but there’s no fireweed in the field to attract it! If she plants some now, will it bloom in time for the migration?
“Winter is Coming”
- Winter is Coming: Everyone in Qyah is preparing for winter. To do her part, Molly organizes the Trading Post, but when an ordering mix-up causes an unexpected shipment to arrive, it’s up to Molly and Tooey to make sure nothing goes to waste
Friday, November 5
“Trini's Super Coop”
- Trini's mom is coming home on military leave and Trini wants her first meal to be some famous Mumford omelets! But, when the weather get colder, chickens stop laying eggs. Can Trini figure out how to winterize the chicken coop in time?
“Trini's Winter Warm Up”
- It’s Trini’s first winter in Alaska, and she’s not happy. Texas never got this chilly! When Molly and Tooey overhear Trini and her dad talking about moving back, they look for ways for Trini to warm up to the cold.
Molly of Denali is first nationally distributed children's program to feature Native American and Alaska Native lead characters. The groundbreaking show incorporates Alaska Native voices in all aspects of the production, both on screen and behind the scenes as voiceover actors, writers, producers, musicians, animators, and story and language advisors.
Source: PBS KIDS