When Netflix’s 220 million subscribers log into their accounts on Monday, they’ll find a new animated series called “Spirit Rangers.”
The show was created by “the Avengers” of native writers, producers, and voice actors. This can be seen through the 20 episodes that were released on the Day of the Indigenous Peoples.
The show is the first children’s show in the US to be created by a native woman, according to Netflix.
He joins the animated world of on-screen Indigenous characters, including PBS Kids’ “Molly of Denali” released in 2019.
“Spirit Rangers” follows a modern day native family who lives and works in a national park. The three main characters are Kodi, Summer, and Eddy Skycedar, who share a secret that allows them to transform into animals to protect their home. Together, the indigenous children take on many challenges, from helping a lost thunderbird to waking up a sleeping sun.
“Spirit Rangers” was created by Chumash citizen Karissa Valencia, who joined “The ICT Newscast with Aliyah Chavez” in September to say that the project was a labor of love.
“I am particularly proud of our all-native writing staff. That was something I told Netflix I really wanted when I pitched the show,” Valencia said. “That’s where the heart of the series really lies.”
Voice actors are some that many might recognize.
Talon Proc-Aflord plays Eddy; Wacinyeya Iwasaka Yracheta plays Kodi while Isis Celilo Rogers plays Summer.
Other cast members include Devery Jacobs, Tantoo Cardinal, Wes Studi, and Brook Simpson, among others.
Valencia says her team wanted to show the diversity of indigenous people in the show. This is why Kodi, Summer, and Eddy have different skin tones, hair, and eye colors.
The three main characters, the Skycedars, belong to two tribes: the Chumash and the Cowlitz.
“When I wanted the family to be multi-tribal, I obviously went to my tribe to ask their permission,” Valencia said.
He went to one of “Spirit Rangers” writers Joey Clift, Cowlitz, with the idea of including his tribe.
“Joey had a big meeting with his tribe and the elders to ask their permission. And they said yes,” Valencia said.
“We are incredibly proud to see the Cowlitz Indian Tribe represented on the Netflix platform and commend the “Spirit Rangers” team for their inclusive and culturally appropriate approach to producing the show,” said Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, president of the Netflix General Counsel. the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.
“It has been a great joy to show a beautiful indigenous family,” said Valencia. “I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Aliyah Chavez, Kewa Pueblo, is the host and editorial director of the ICT Newscast. Follow her on Twitter: @aliyahjchavez.
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