Doyon Foundation is working with WGBH Boston to produce two dubbed episodes of the PBS Kids’ show Molly of Denali in two of the Native languages of the Doyon region: Denaakk’e (Koyukon) and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in). After reviewing the auditions submitted during the call for actors earlier this year, we are pleased to announce the selected cast members for the Gwich’in episodes:

Episode 1: King Run

Molly: Lynnea Frank

Tooey: Adriel Ginnis

Grandpa Nat: Pete Peter

Kenji: Sam Alexander

Episode 2: Grandpa’s Drum

Molly: Lynnea Frank

Tooey: Adriel Ginnis

Grandpa Nat: Pete Peter

Mindy Moose: Princess Daazhraii Johnson

Mom Layla: Rochelle Adams

Dad Walter: Allan Hayton

Shyahtsoo: Mildred Allen

Cast selections are still being made for the Denaakk’e episodes; watch for an upcoming announcement about the Denaakk’e cast.

The Foundation is now working to schedule rehearsals with the Gwich’in cast members, before undertaking the voice recordings. The audio will then be dubbed into existing Molly of Denali episodes and utilized in Doyon region language revitalization efforts.

The Molly of Denali project is one of the current efforts of Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program. The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region, including nine Athabascan languages plus Inupiaq, represent half of the 20 Native languages in state of Alaska, and are all endangered. Through efforts such as Molly of Denali, Doyon Languages Online, and the Our Language grant program, Doyon Foundation works to revitalize the Native languages of the Doyon region and help endangered languages thrive for future generations.

For more information, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation language revitalization program director, at haytona@doyon.com or 907.459.2162.