A young girl must try and save her village from a man’s illegal poaching activities, while, at the same time, trying to prepare her beloved golden eagle for the Eagle Festival in the Mongolian mountains.
By Martin Nuza – I was so inspired to read Moon Drake’s newest episode 1.4, “Koen & the Wandjina,” by our magnificent writer, Martin Nuza. The story takes place in Tasmania, Australian Continent, where we follow the powerful experiences of Koen, a 14-year-old Aboriginal boy.
This story is a coming-of-age, spiritual tale that teaches and deals with the Human condition and conflict. It addresses Spirit, Mind, Body and how we respond to the challenges we face in life. It takes us to a place that is always with us, but we must open our eyes and heart to know it.
The Moon Drake series is for children ages 8-13. Each episode is rich with adventure and powerful Indigenous wisdom and story lines that take place all around the world, from every continent. Children experience and learn from ancient cultures and traditions as Moon Drake makes them relevant for today.
This is the fourth episode written by Martin. We can all look forward to seeing his stories, and all the wonderful stories of this series in animation! Watch for more coming very soon!
An indigenous boy, Koen, sets off with his father on a trip into the wilderness. They share many of their indigenous rituals and traditions until tragedy strikes and Koen must make a life changing decision, against tremendous odds in order to save his father. The Windjina will protect and guide them both, during their ordeal.
By Jane L. Fitzpatrick – A few years ago, I met a beautiful sister, Monique Wijngaarde. I did not know her background until she wrote her powerful story for the Warrior Woman Spirit blog about her multi-racial family from Suriname and the Netherlands. Since then, I discovered I had relatives from the Netherlands, and some had traveled to Brazil and Suriname. Who would have thought our paths would cross in the way they have… with such meaningful and dynamic purpose. The Universe shows us things, and we are just in awe!
As we planned the episodes for Moon Drake, we decided to build a story around Suriname, South American Continent, in honor of this shared purpose. Today I finished the script “Rakesh & the Rain Dancer,” Episode 1.6 – that tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy who courageously reaches for his dream, which leads to a harrowing adventure of illegal gillnets, a dangerous experience and the judgment of others.
I sent the script to fellow producer and writer, Martin Manuel Nuza, and I was moved to tears by his words, because I respect him so deeply. This is what he said:
“Jane, it’s a great story full of hope and making right, especially at the end when Konrad confesses to his son that he shouldn’t have judged him and allowed him to follow his dream without judgement. The tension when the children race against all odds to save the stricken dolphin from the gillnet… the suspense of the capsized boat. The story has a powerful message – Follow your dreams and believe in what is right, regardless of the consequences that may follow by your actions. I loved it.”
All the Moon Drake stories address the relevant topics and issues (environmental, human, spiritual) we face in our current world and couple them with the answers through Indigenous cultural and traditional wisdom many have forgotten. We believe these action-packed stories will make sense to young hearts in a gentle and sensitive way. We believe children, and even adults, will learn something they truly long to hear.
I want to thank my sister Monique for her invaluable cultural advice on this episode, and my brother, Martin, for his continued inspiration as we work to write these stories and bring Moon Drake Anime Series to the world! Thank you, also, to our other two writers, Mark Rickerby and Jack Comeau! What a writing TEAM!!
WE ARE REACHING FOR THE MOON!!
Twelve-year-old Rakesh believes he can achieve his dream to be a scuba diver. His grandmother agrees to pay for his lessons and promises him a trip to Venezuela to scuba dive since Suriname’s waters are polluted and dangerous. At his birthday celebration, Rakesh encounters a “friendly” dolphin until he realizes the creature is actually in distress… So, with his scuba gear, inexperienced Rakesh, his irresponsible brother, Soraido, and his friend, Petronella, embark on a harrowing rescue mission. Through stormy winds, choppy waves and the dead of night, Rakesh realizes he can’t wait for the storm to pass. It is up to him to save the rain dancer and become the Ruler of the Full Moon.
By Martin Nuza – Moon Drake writer, Martin Nuza, creates a story for Episode 1.10 that ignites our imagination and weaves a life of intrigue for this 13-year-old boy who lives in Cairo, Egypt.
“Ali & His Dream” will inspire young hearts, for it takes us into another world; a place of wonder. It’s a world that teaches Ali about love. And when he awakens he also learns about hope.
In every Moon Drake episode we address a conflict, whether it be environmental, spiritual or a human issue or choice. We see modern or ancient characters and landmarks, regalia and traditions embedded in these compelling stories that draw children of the world together. And each story gives answers through the Indigenous wisdom of that place.
Martin is a truly gifted storyteller. Each of his three episodes (with more to come) are special and filled with wise gems sparkling in the sun. Thank you, brother!
Watch for more about the Moon Drake Anime Series coming soon!
Ali and his father live in Cairo and work as tour guides at the Giza Plateau. One night Ali meets Nefertiti in a dream, causing him happiness until he wakes up and discovers a part of his life is now missing.
By Martin Nuza – Moon Drake is so grateful to have talented and creative writers working currently on Season ONE of this important series. As episodes are finished, we want to share their essence with you. So, most recently, Martin wrote a masterpiece for Episode 1.9, called “Arundhati’s Voice.”
While the environment creates difficult challenges for the earth, which we address in many episodes, the human condition, the spiritual health also creates challenges that must be faced.
Arundhati’s Voice, will truly lift and enlighten you and your children. It is built around the unique and charismatic culture of India (Asian Continent), and the plight of young girls and their freedoms.
While this is a sensitive issue, Martin has created a most beautiful story that teaches us, lets us cry, brings us joy, builds hope for reaching dreams and leaves us with the light of undying family love.
Watch for more episodes as the weeks progress. We are working very hard to bring these powerful and vital stories to the entire world.
Arundhati is a girl trapped between tradition and loyalty to her family. She must fight for her dream in order to be happy and choose her destiny. Sometimes at a price many girls cannot afford to pay in real life.
By Jane L. Fitzpatrick – The Moon Drake story, Waya & Two Wolves, has been an evolution… As a screenwriter novice back in 2013, living just outside the bright lights of Los Angeles, palm trees and movie stars, I had an idea. Yes, I was there to somehow get my film about Sacajawea produced, but I was writing other stories, too, developing concepts and learning the Industry.
One of those ideas was Moon Drake Series. I knew I had to have a story written as an example to pitch. That’s when Waya & Two Wolves was born. I wrote the beginning and the ending of the story… but it wasn’t the right timing yet to bring it to the world, for I didn’t know the middle.
Then Sacajawea began to take off a bit, and I put the Moon Drake project description and screenplay in a box. I pursued opportunities in New Mexico then back home to Washington State. In 2021, partially due to Covid and avoiding a film set, the idea of Moon Drake and animation began to stir again…
Last week I finally finished the story of Waya & Two Wolves, from the N. American Continent, episode 2 for Season ONE. Our Native American consultant, Delwin Fiddler, is reviewing the Cherokee elements to bring credibility to the story, as well.
This is a story about the importance of the choices we make. It is a story about protecting endangered animals of the earth. And it is about being open to the answers of life, through Indigenous Wisdom.
WE ARE REACHING FOR THE MOON!!