TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Native American-inspired cartoon focuses on positive themes.

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The first half of Yakari is great and interesting. The show start doing a decent job of teaching the culture of the Native American tribes all the while following the adventures of Yakari and his horse. However that's when things start getting abit iffy. An episode started talking about evolution, which is a science based theory only discovered in modern time, the tribes of the past would have had their own story on how humans and animals came to be, but this was not discussed. A few episodes later a tribal story is then used to explain rainbows. This felt like they were making their cakes and eating them too, wanting to only educate and show audiences what they wanted them to learn, instead of just focusing on the interesting culture of native American tribes. This was before another episode which we've all seen before, one male gets up at females being unable to do male things, then the female proves "better" at the job a male does and should be doing, which again is modern thinking, not thinking what things were like for the tribes back then, females had their jobs, males had their jobs. Its disappointing, but still, because of how much I enjoying other episodes, it can be a good selective watch.

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