Powwow's Coming

Powwow's Coming

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by Linda Boyden
     
 

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Powwow's coming, hear the beat?
Powwow's coming, dancing feet.
Powwow's coming, hear the drum?
Powwow's coming, everyone!


Frustrated as a schoolteacher not being able to find good instructional materials on American Indians, Linda Boyden has bypassed the tired stereotype of Indians on horseback or hunting game and placed them in today's

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Powwow's coming, hear the beat?
Powwow's coming, dancing feet.
Powwow's coming, hear the drum?
Powwow's coming, everyone!


Frustrated as a schoolteacher not being able to find good instructional materials on American Indians, Linda Boyden has bypassed the tired stereotype of Indians on horseback or hunting game and placed them in today's setting of a powwow.

Powwow's Coming provides children with a foundation for understanding and celebrating the enduring culture and heritage of American Indians. Boyden's exquisite cut-paper collage and engaging poem visually place readers within the scenes of a contemporary Native American community while offering a thoughtful look at powwows and their meanings to the Native participants.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 5 up.

Boyden has produced an excellent picture book to introduce the Powwow to younger children and give them a glimpse into how Native Americans live today. The book describes the different aspects of a Native American Powwow. The gathering of the people, the celebration, the vendors, games, food, competition, community, and fun are all brought to life through the text and pictures. The pictures are great--all crafted from paper cutouts and put together in a collage style. They are colorful and demonstrative without being overcrowded. In each picture you can actually sense the movement of the dancers, the joy of the grandmother reading to her children, and the fun of the games. The rhyming verse makes the book an excellent read aloud and is as rhythmic as a soft drum beat. At the end of the book there is a one page appendix that explains the two Native American games mentioned in the book, complete with instructions about how to create game pieces and play the game yourself. The appendix also includes the name of another resource for Native American games. There is also a brief description of Powwows and how they are used to celebrate many events such as birthdays and graduations, in addition to being gatherings for multiple tribe groups. This description includes etiquette for attending a Powwow. This book is great for social studies classes or just to read aloud to a class. Its focus on Native Americans celebrating Powwows today makes their culture more relevant then other more historical Native American literature. The book could also be used as a basis to create your own classroom Powwow celebration. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826342676
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
11/15/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
74
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Boyden is a former elementary school teacher and author of Powwow's Coming (University of New Mexico Press) and The Blue Roses. The latter won the 2003 Paterson Prize in its age category, the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers' Book of the Year for Children's Literature, 2002-2003, and was included on the prestigious CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) 2003 Choices list of recommended titles.

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