Powwow

by George Ancona

Dynamic color photographs underscore Ancona's explanation about the Crow Fair... read more

Dynamic color photographs underscore Ancona's explanation about the Crow Fair in Montana, the biggest powwow in North America. Readers see how the people gather on the prairie to renew acquaintance and celebrate the shared heritage of Lakota, Ojibwa, Cheyenne, Crow, Cree, Blackfeet, Fox and other Native peoples. The opening parade, role of the drum, and main types of dancing are explained and pictured. Whether a dancer wears Traditional, Fancy, Grass, or Jingle-dress clothing, each one has practiced long before donning the specific celebratory garments at this event. Occasionally Ancona details the enjoyment and excitement of Anthony Standing Rock, a young Traditional dancer, and other children at this annual reaffirmation of shared American Indian heritage and tradition. This striking 8 3/4" by 11 1/4" account pictures a community created in one place annually for a of carefully prepared tribute to its common history. (Ages 5-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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