Cultural Consultants for Suriname, Metis Nation and Cherokee Nation!

MOON DRAKE Episodes 1-12 present stories for children that are impactful and diverse, passionate and purposeful. Subtle lessons like: You can make a difference. Your heart can heal. Sometimes you must let go.  Always believe in your dreams.  And many more.

Our production research team and our writers have done extensive research for these episodes. In addition, our cultural consultants help us retain authenticity of costumes, traditions and cultures, making our stories powerful and relevant. Today we want to highlight and thank three of these consultants from Season 1, covering the Indigenous people of North and South America:

Monique Wijngaarde-Bekema

Monique Wijngaarde-Bekema, Multi-racial Dutch and Surinamese, Suriname – Monique is the Founder and CEO of Growing Seeds Worldwide Foundation. Her diverse family has held a deep bond with Suriname, its culture and traditions, for generations. Her non-profit operates in the Netherlands with this purpose: preserving nature, preserving cultures – especially Indigenous cultures, bringing different backgrounds together, stimulating self-reliance and educating youth.

Monique was the cultural consultant for Episode 1.6 – Rakesh & the Rain Dancer (Paramaribo, Suriname, S. American) – “I recognized so many things from the story, the reference to specific family names that you didn’t even know. The use of actual language like the ‘watrasneki’ on the beach. I loved how you drew into the storyline the message my own Surinamese grandmother gave to me, in my search for myself. I loved the story – it just brings us all together.” – Monique Wijngaarde-Bekema

David Bouchard

David Bouchard, Metis Nation, Canada – David is a Metis author, educator and champion of Indigenous rights. He is an engaging storyteller with a passion for helping to shape a future of which all Canadians can be proud. He relates to both young and mature Canadians and understands that by acknowledging our past, we are better equipped to positively impact our future.

David was the cultural consultant for Episode 1.7 – Namid & Star Dancing, (Metis Nation, Vancouver B.C. Canada, N. American) – “Your story touches on several things that we believe deeply in. There is no better teacher than Mother Nature and our Elders. We also believe that there is no such thing as date. What some think of as fate is in truth, genetic direction. Our Grandmothers live in each of us. They direct us if only we are open to following their direction.” – David Bouchard

Delwin Elk Bear Fiddler, Jr.

Delwin Fiddler, Jr., Native American, United States Delwin is the Chief Executive Officer of PAZA Tree of Life a non-profit organization that works with and supports Indigenous people across the United States. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sans Arc band, and a world renowned Native American performing Artist.  He was also a champion Grass and Hoop dancer on the pow-wow circuit.

Delwin was the cultural consultant for Episode 1.2 – Waya & Two Wolves, (Cherokee Nation, Appalachia, United States, N. American) – “I was proud to be able to contribute to the authenticity of this story and bring to life the depth of my Native people. The lesson is powerful for our children. It’s really awesome – beautiful.– Delwin Elk Bear Fiddler, Jr.

It is wonderful to see such dedication from everyone involved in this production. We thank our consultants who have given their experience and knowledge to this cause. Children who watch the Moon Drake series deserve the very best when it comes to content, characters, activities, programs and products. That is our absolute promise to the children of the world. With a broader understanding of our sisters and brothers everywhere, our children will realize our differences do not make us separate, but instead they make us uniquely and gloriously One.

We are SHOOTING FOR THE MOON!
Moon Drake Production Team

Namid & Star Dancing

By Jane L. Fitzpatrick – As Moon Drake’s writing team moves closer to completing the episodes for Season ONE, we have been blessed and changed by the research required. The vibrant and inspiring cultures of this Earth teach us lessons in Humility, Diversity and love for Humanity. It is our prayer and hope that what we’ve learned as writers translates into a transparent understanding for children – and also for adults.

Today I completed Episode 1.7, “Namid & Star Dancing” – which takes place in Vancouver B.C., Canada (N. American Continent). The Soul of this story is the Metis Nation – a brave and courageous People who have struggled for generations to be recognized and respected.

Ami (Namid) is a 12-year-old girl who experiences great personal loss in her life. But her spirit is renewed when she learns she is Metis – and the wisdom from her great-grandmother shows her how to rise above her heartache, to ultimately gain great joy.

I was hoping to finish this story by today, the birthday of another 12-year-old girl (now 233-year-old), Sacajawea. I see parallels between these two spirits, for they both endured heartache at a young age, and they both claimed their gifts to inspire the world.

We are OVER THE MOON! ❤

Episode 7 – Namid & Star Dancing by Jane L. Fitzpatrick

A 12-year-old girl is tragically left an orphan. In her sorrow, she is forced to move to another country and live with family members she has never met. But her journey through darkness, turns into a brilliant light when she learns she is Metis and begins to understand. Her Indigenous great-grandmother helps her become aware of her own power and strength. And she teaches her that everything along life’s way has meaning, and the talents and gifts given to her are to help her reconnect to her spiritual self.

Episode 1.7