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Orca SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) HONOR through March 2023

A Celebration through Song and Dance
Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) 4 - 8, Grade (US) 4 - 8, Reading age 9 - 12
Apr 21, 2020
Print Run: 10000
$24.95 CAD


9in x 7.5 x 0.5 in | 500 gr

Page Count:

88 pages


90 Halftones, color , 1 Glossary , 1 Index
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Canada / Indigenous
Cultural studies: customs and traditions|Dance|Interest age: from c 9 years|Relating to indigenous peoples
North America
CCBC Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction 2021, Winner 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 Rocky Mountain Book Award 2022, Short-listed Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2021, Commended First Nation Communities READ YA/Adult Award 2021, Long-listed
  • Short Description
Part of the nonfiction Orca Origins series for middle readers. Illustrated with photographs, Powwow is a guide to the dance, music and culture of this Indigenous celebration.
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.
  • Winner of the CCBC Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction.

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, Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Humanities–Indigenous Studies. Her book, Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance, was short-listed for a number of awards and won the CCBC Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction. Karen lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

★ “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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