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Children's Nonfiction Native Canadian


A Celebration through Song and Dance

by (author) Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Native Canadian, Dance, Native American
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


? “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.


About the author

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 working on a PhD in the Faculty of Education in the Treaty Six area at the University of Alberta, where she’s also an instructor. Karen lives in Edmonton.She has long-standing recognition as a Powwow dancer and artist. In 2003, as artistic director and choreographer, she debuted her first dance theater work called The Promise, based on her book of the same title.

Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane's profile page


  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award
  • Short-listed, Information Book Award
  • Long-listed, First Nation Communities READ YA/Adult Award
  • Commended, Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award, Creative Nonfiction and Life-Writing
  • Short-listed, CCBC Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Top Ten
  • Commended, JLG Gold Standard Selection
  • Commended, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best

Editorial Reviews

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


“Authentic, informative and celebratory. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

? “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

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

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