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A Celebration through Song and Dance
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 88
Themes: powwow dance, Indigenous culture, reconciliation, history, ceremonial dance
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 21/Apr/2020
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? “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review

Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. Journey through the history of powwow culture in North America, from its origins to the thriving powwow culture of today. As a lifelong competitive powwow dancer, Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is a guide to the protocols, regalia, songs, dances and even food you can find at powwows from coast to coast, as well as the important role they play in Indigenous culture and reconciliation.

Kirkus Reviews
“An enriching, information-rich resource that centers an Indigenous perspective.”
School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries…This comprehensive primer of the history and importance of the powwow in North American Indigenous culture is a necessary purchase.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Authentic, informative and celebratory. Highly Recommended.”
“Attractive, informative, and essential for diverse collections.”
Niagra Enscarpment Views
“Full of beautiful, colourful photographs...This is an enriching introduction to the wide spectrum of powwows."


JLG Gold Standard Selection  | 2020 | Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2020 | Commended
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best  | 2020 | Commended
OLA Best Bets Top Ten  | 2020 | Commended
Indigenous Voices Award, Creative Nonfiction and Life-Writing  | 2021 | Short-listed
Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award  | 2021 | Short-listed
Information Book Award  | 2021 | Short-listed
Notable Social Studies Trade Book  | 2021 | Commended
Rocky Mountain Book Award  | 2022 | Short-listed
First Nation Communities READ YA/Adult Award  | 2021 | Long-listed
CCBC Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction  | 2021 | Winner

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