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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

A Dance Through the Seasons

by (author) Leona Prince

illustrated by Carla Joseph

WaveMaker Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
Native Canadian, Seasons
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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  • Spiral bound

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


While the adults struggle with an important decision about the future of their community, Young Woman is gifted the solution in a dream. However, the adults don't recognise the wisdom in Young Woman. Discouraged, she begins a year-long journey towards self-discovery and resilience. With Turtle as her guide, they move through the seasons utilizing traditional practices of the Dakelh (Carrier) people. A year later, Young Woman returns with more knowledge than ever, but will the adults allow her to determine their future?

About the authors

Leona Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’ten and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. She is a descendant of Chief Kwah and Stiche. Leona is an award-winning educator and is currently the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes). She is the author of A Dance Through the Seasons, published by Fireweed Canada. Leona lives in Burns Lake, British Columbia.


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Carla Joseph is a Cree artist originally from Prince George, British Columbia. In 2016 Carla was the Artist in Residence for the Prince George Community Arts Council, and she has done design work for several organizations, including the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Carla loves the way she makes people feel with her art. It inspires her to continue with her gift, and she loves to challenge herself by taking on many different types of projects, many of which can be seen around her community. She is also the illustrator of Be a Good Ancestor. Carla lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

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Excerpt: A Dance Through the Seasons (by (author) Leona Prince; illustrated by Carla Joseph)

In a shallow part of the river, Turtle instructed her on how to build fish weir to trap the fish. Summer meant a bounty of sockeye salmon! She smoked the fish in a tent she fashioned and used alder wood to create the perfect flavour. She stored all of the dried and smoked food for the upcoming fall and winter. She noticed that the days were getting shorter and they decided that it was time to go back to the forest where they would remain throughout the cold months.

Editorial Reviews

"When Young Woman’s people must make a difficult journey, she knows she can lead them but because she is young, they don’t believe in her. Her guide, Turtle, takes her on a journey of exploration to teach her about the land, guide her through the seasons, tell her stories, and help her learn important lessons. When she returns from her journey, the people see that she now has the wisdom to lead them to safety. This Canadian Indigenous story, written in clear and simple language and accompanied by lush watercolour images, can introduce Indigenous culture and practices and the relationship between Indigenous people and the environment, and launch discussions of oral history." - Focused Education Resources

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