{ANIMATION MAGAZINE} - Caretakers of the Land: Karissa Valencia Shares the Magic of ‘Spirit Rangers’

  • 06.11.2022
Karissa Valencia
Karissa Valencia

When Karissa Valencia, the creator and showrunner of Netflix’s highly anticipated new preschool show Spirit Rangers, was a young girl, she rarely saw any Native American characters in children’s shows or movies.

“I loved animation when I was a young girl, and I must admit when I saw Disney’s Pocahontas for the first time, I thought that was my everything,” recalls the creative 31-year old. “I still remember being so excited to meet [actress] Irene Bedard at one of our pow-wows. It was great to have that representation — but as I got older, I realized that the source material for that story was not so great, and the true story of Pocahontas is truly heartbreaking. That’s when I realized that I had to work to make that change and that true representation happen.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.animationmagazine.net/2022/10/caretakers-of-the-land-karissa-valencia-shares-the-magic-of-spirit-rangers/[actress] Irene Bedard at one of our pow-wows. It was great to have that representation — but as I got older, I realized that the source material for that story was not so great, and the true story of Pocahontas is truly heartbreaking. That’s when I realized that I had to work to make that change and that true representation happen.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.animationmagazine.net/2022/10/caretakers-of-the-land-karissa-valencia-shares-the-magic-of-spirit-rangers/[actress] Irene Bedard at one of our pow-wows. It was great to have that representation — but as I got older, I realized that the source material for that story was not so great, and the true story of Pocahontas is truly heartbreaking. That’s when I realized that I had to work to make that change and that true representation happen.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.animationmagazine.net/2022/10/caretakers-of-the-land-karissa-valencia-shares-the-magic-of-spirit-rangers/