Secret of the Dance

  • Illustrated By: Darlene Gait
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:First Nations, forbidden Potlach, Hamatsa dance, Indigenous, Aboriginal
  • Available:09/01/2009
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:640L
  • ATOS:3.1
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In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.