A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches about various aspects of Cree First Nation culture. Each episode teaches a socioemotional skill like being a good teammate, being respectful, and overcoming fears.
The plot of each episode features a socioemotional skill, like being a good teammate, being respectful, overcoming fears. A few subplots tend to dilute the messages, though.
Positive Role Models
Representation of many different types of people in the Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan. Characters are likable, and while they make mistakes, there is always a prosocial resolution.
Violence & Scariness
Mild to moderate scariness: One episode references a child's deceased mother. One shows a moose being accidentally shot. Mild adventure.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtation between characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wapos Bay is a gentle depiction of Cree life in rural Saskatchewan with Leave It to Beaver-style moral lessons. There is mild scariness in the form of outdoor adventure, references to a character's deceased mother, and an accidental shooting of a moose. Boys and girls engage in mild flirtatious behavior.
Is It Any Good?
This show is a fantastic way to learn about modern Indigenous life in a Cree community. Wapos Bay shows diverse characters doing ordinary things and living with contemporary technology, which may expand non-Indigenous kids' ideas of native peoples. It's really fun to see elements of Cree culture (like a moose-calling competition at the Winter Festival), rural living (the competing hockey team had to fly to their town because it's so remote), and the cold-weather environment (people get around with snowmobiles). The stop-motion animation has a beautiful setting complete with snow and northern lights, and a lovely fiddle-centric score.
That said, the show's gentle pace might be a bit slow for some kids. There is a slight mismatch between some of the more adventurous aspects of the show and the moral lessons that might be better suited for younger kids.
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