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Orca Book Publishers

A Celebration through Song and Dance
9781459812345 Hardcover , Paper over boards English Children/juvenile: Interest age, years 9 - 12, Canadian school grade range 4 - 8, US school grade range 4 - 8, Reading age, years 9 - 12 Apr 21, 2020 Print Run: 10000
$24.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.5 in | 520 gr 88 pages 90 , 1 , 1 Index FSC certified – mixed sources C106973 Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous
Cultural studies: customs and traditions|Dance|Interest age: from c 9 years
North America
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 Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award 2021, Short-listed Information Book Award 2021, Short-listed Indigenous Voices Award, Creative Nonfiction and Life-Writing 2021, Short-listed Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2021, Commended Rocky Mountain Book Award 2022, Short-listed
Feel the power of the powwow dance.

★ “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.

Key Selling Points

  • Beginning with a historical look at the origins of powwow and then moving on to what they look like today, this book is a practical guide to the songs, dances, regalia, culture and food associated with different powwows across North America.
  • Indigenous reconciliation is a key narrative right now. This book explores how powwow culture, and an understanding of its importance in Indigenous culture, can be a part of that narrative of reconciliation.
  • The author is a longtime competitive powwow dancer who has traveled to powwows across North America.
  • This book is part of the Orca Origins series that explores cultural celebrations throughout the world.

Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is an Anishinaabe dancer, educator, writer, artist and orator from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Her grandparents, maternal and paternal, come from Wiikwemkoong. Her parents are residential school survivors. Karen is a PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies/Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta and is an Assistant Professor at Mount Royal University in the Treaty Seven region. She is cross-appointed to the Department of General Education, Of?ce of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Humanities–Indigenous Studies. Karen lives in Little Current, Ontario.

Marketing and Promotional Plans
  • Local and national media initiatives
  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution
  • Author interview on blog and social media promotion

? “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.” - School Library Journal, starred review

“An enriching, information-rich resource that centers an Indigenous perspective.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Attractive, informative, and essential for diverse collections.” - Booklist

“Authentic, informative and celebratory. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Full of beautiful, colourful photographs...This is an enriching introduction to the wide spectrum of powwows." - Niagra Enscarpment Views

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