Molly of Denali is a podcast for children that is unique from other children’s podcasts for several reasons. The main character, Molly, is a 10 year old Alaskan native who is curious, adventurous, and solves mysteries. What sets the podcast apart from others is that all of the indigenous characters are voiced by indigenous people. This is a huge step in the right direction for appropriate representation. Many television shows, movies, and podcasts have the right intentions but they make the mistake of casting people of different ethnic backgrounds to tell the story of Native Americans. The podcast takes place in modern day Alaska, and it is the first of its kind to feature a Native American character in the lead role.
Also important to note, PBS is coming out with a television series of the same name. The first two episodes were released on May 30th and you can listen to them here.
- What are some ways we can use podcasts in our classrooms?
- How can you be sure that Native American culture and history is being appropriately represented in your classroom?
- What other forms of media can we use to tell diverse stories?