Dance on a Sealskin

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Alaska's Yup'ik Eskimos still gather to sing, drum, and dance in the traditional way. This is the heartwarming story of Annie's "first dance, " a coming-of-age ceremony marking her official entry into the community.

In honor of her grandmother, who passed away, Annie does her first dance at potlatch in her Yupik Eskimo village. Based on a Yupik Eskimo tradition.

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Overview

Alaska's Yup'ik Eskimos still gather to sing, drum, and dance in the traditional way. This is the heartwarming story of Annie's "first dance, " a coming-of-age ceremony marking her official entry into the community.

In honor of her grandmother, who passed away, Annie does her first dance at potlatch in her Yupik Eskimo village. Based on a Yupik Eskimo tradition.

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(Gr 2-6) --A story that captures the importance of dance as an active expression of the Yupik Eskimo culture, and the significance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next. Annie is nervous, for she is about to perform her ``first dance,'' a coming-of-age rite. The richly descriptive written images simply but insightfully reflect the importance of village traditions and strong family connections, and graphically portray Annie's worry and pride as she prepares for and performs her dance. The pencil and watercolor illustrations fill various parts of each single-and double-page spread, leaving plenty of white space for the clearly readable, well-spaced text. Authentically drawn colorful qaspeqs, fur parkies, seal-skin mukluks, grass and wooden dance fans, walrus-skin drums, and Annie's fur headdress and wolverine belt realistically depict the Native clothing and dance regalia. The northern lights reaching down to earth to carry Grandmother off to be with her ancestors create a visual representation of the spiritual world. This book, like the songs and dances performed at a potlatch to convey oral history, combines powerful writing and vivid illustrations to capture the joy of giving and sharing among the Yupik Eskimos. --Roz Goodman, Bering Strait School District Media Center, Unalakleet, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882405599
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Teri Sloat is the author of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout!," as well as the author and/or illustrator of many other books for children. A former teacher, she lives with her husband and their three children north of San Francisco.

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