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Secret of the Dance
By (author): Andrea Spalding Illustrated by: Darlene Gait By (author): Alfred Scow
Andrea Spalding ,

Illustrated by :

Darlene Gait , Alfred Scow


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Sep 01, 2009
$12.95 CAD


9in x 9 x 0.13 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


full color images
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island / General
British Columbia
jC813/.54 22
  • Short Description
In 1935, a boy witnesses a forbidden potlatch.
A young boy never forgets witnessing a forbidden Potlatch.

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.

Andrea Spalding is an author, artist, teacher and musician. She has written over 30 books including Secret of the Dance, Solomon's Tree and The Keeper and the Crows. Andrea's books have won and been shortlisted for numerous awards and honors including the BC Book Prize, Blue Spruce Award, Chocolate Lily Award, Rocky Mountain Book Award and the Red Cedar Award. She lives in Pender Island, British Columbia.

Darlene Gait was born on Vancouver Island and began painting as a child. Inspired by nature and by her Coast Salish heritage, Darlene brings a rich understanding of the natural world to her work, which is held in private collections and exhibited worldwide. Darlene lives in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Judge Alfred Scow, elder of the Kwakwa'wakw Nation, is a member of the Order of Canada. Now retired, Judge Scow and his wife live on Pender Island and in Vancouver.

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