ERIC Number: ED366477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Shannon: An Ojibway Dancer.
Intended for teenage readers, this book profiles 13-year old Shannon Anderson. Shannon lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her grandmother, her two sisters, and two cousins. Shannon, who is an Ojibway Indian, practices the fancy shawl dance. This traditional dance requires the dancer to use fancy footwork and twirl a shawl. Shannon's younger sister and cousins are jingle dress dancers. A jingle dress is covered with small metal cones and makes a jingling sound as the dancer moves. Shannon, her sisters, and her cousins dance at powwows across Minnesota. Powwows are traditional Indian social events that feature drumming and dancing. Shannon's favorite is the annual powwow at the Mille Lacs Reservation (Minnesota), where many of her relatives live. Shannon and her family make many preparations for attending the Mille Lacs powwow including creating fancy dance costumes that involve intricate beadwork. Shannon and her sisters usually practice dancing once a week, but just before a powwow they practice for 3 straight days. Shannon attends a school that offers American Indian and French language immersion programs and courses in American Indian culture. This book depicts how one Indian family maintains tribal values, customs, and traditions. This book contains numerous photographs and a glossary. (LP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indians, Chippewa (Tribe), Cultural Activities, Dance, Family Life, Secondary Education
Lerner Publications Company, 241 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (paperback: ISBN-0-8225-9643-1; library Binding: ISBN-0-8225-2652-2).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Beadwork; Costumes; Cultural Maintenance
Note: Photographs by Catherine Whipple.