Molly of Denali

Writer Aaluk Edwardson ’12

With Episodes from “Molly of Denali”
October 21, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Writer Aaluk Edwardson '12 presents an episode from the new animated adventure comedy "Molly of Denali" – the first national kids show with a Native American lead. Discussion follows.

19/20 Hop Film

Iñupiaq/Norwegian artist Aaluk Edwardson graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012, and since then she has devoted herself to empowering students and supporting community resilience. She founded the organization Bright Shores, which develops and facilitates projects that provide space for people to creatively explore indigenous history, perspectives, practices and ideas in an effort to promote healthy expression and wellness.

Her experience as a writer and a teacher has led her to contribute as a writer to the hit PBS Kids show Molly of Denali, about the daily adventures of 10-year-old Alaska native Molly Mabray, her family, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini. Tonight, we will screen and discuss an episode of this groundbreaking series, and Dartmouth students will participate in a table reading of an upcoming episode written by Aaluk Edwardson. Join us to discuss how this show is changing the way kids think about indigenous culture, the importance of representation in children's media and Aaluk's experience using art for social justice.

Programmed by the Native American Studies Program as part of Indigenous People's Month at Dartmouth.

Check out this recent Associated Press segment about the series.

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