Ancestor approved Intertribal stories for kids

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Book - 2021

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

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Subjects
Genres
Short stories
Poetry
Fiction
Published
New York, NY : Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
310 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12
ISBN
0062869949
9780062869944
Other Authors
Cynthia Leitich Smith (author)
  • Foreword
  • What is a Powwow? /
  • Kim Rogers
  • Fancy dancer /
  • Monique Gray Smith
  • Flying together /
  • Kim Rogers
  • Warriors of forgiveness /
  • Tim Tingle
  • Brothers /
  • David A. Robertson
  • Rez dog rules /
  • Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Secrets and surprises /
  • Traci Sorell
  • Wendigos don't dance /
  • Art Coulson
  • Indian price /
  • Eric Gansworth
  • Senecavajo: Alan's story /
  • Brian Young
  • Squash Blossom bracelet: Kevin's story /
  • Brian Young
  • Joey reads the sky /
  • Dawn Quigley
  • What we know about glaciers /
  • Christine Day
  • Little Fox and the case of the missing regalia /
  • Erika T. Wurth
  • The ballad of Maggie Wilson /
  • Andrea L. Rogers
  • Bad dog /
  • Joseph Bruchac
  • Between the lines /
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Circles /
  • Carole Lindstrom.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Sixteen short stories, two poems, and visual art (not viewed) present Native youth attending a two-day intertribal powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and reflect on kinship, community, and the interconnectedness of the experience. The narratives vary in style and tone: in Monique Gray Smith's Fancy Dancer, a young boy gains a kind stepfather, who teaches him the Dance for Mother Earth; Tim Tingle's Warriors of Forgiveness features young Luksi, who accompanies a bus full of elders on a hilarious road trip from Oklahoma to Michigan; Rebecca Roanhorse's Rez Dog Rules reflects on the powwow from a canine perspective; and foster child Aiden receives special regalia from his biological brother in David A. Robertson's Brothers. Most selections are realistic and ultimately upbeat, although Art Coulson's Wendigos Don't Dance explores the supernatural, and Eric Gansworth's Indian Price confronts the indignities of microaggressions lobbed by those who would pretend to be Indian as a game. Each piece is tribally specific, emphasizes Native values (cooperation, forgiveness, and the importance of family), and features characters that make cameo appearances in other stories, adding cohesiveness to the collection. With exceptionally strong writing throughout, and appended with glossary, author notes, and acknowledgements, this makes an appealing choice for those just learning about contemporary Indigenous life as well as readers well versed with the powwow circuit. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In a letter to reviewers, editor Smith (enrolled Muscogee Creek) describes this anthology as a "sampling of the many rising Indigenous voices who are changing children's literature for the better." Using the framework of an intertribal powwow, 17 Indigenous authors craft stories that explore themes such as ethnic identity and ancestry. The rhythmic "What Is a Powwow?" by Kim Rogers (Wichita and Affiliated Tribes) first establishes the event as one "where our hearts beat as one/ to the thump of the drum." In enrolled Onondaga author Eric Gans-worth's thought-provoking "Indian Price," two cousins in different living situations connect for the first time. Family is also central to the inspiring "Secrets and Surprises" by Traci Sorell (Cherokee), which celebrates how Native cultures can support others—an idea threaded throughout. The most engaging entries detail aspects of Native culture alongside universal themes: sisters learn to navigate a changing relationship in "What We Know About Glaciers" by Christine Day (Upper Skagit), while two stories by Brian Young (enrolled Navajo) showcase the same events from the eyes of two frenemies. It's a wonderful introduction to the included authors' work and a persuasive encouragement to seek out more Indi-genous stories. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Feb.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Editor Smith and 16 other authors and artists collaborate in this #OwnVoices short story collection from HarperCollins's HeartDrum imprint, which was created to "highlight the voices of Native creators." Each story focuses on a different character and their experience of an intertribal powwow in Michigan. The stories range from solemn to silly, but each emphasizes the power of the tribal community to support and heal its members. The well-edited volume begins with welcoming and humorous tales before moving into heavier territory. Each creator provides a short biography in the back matter, which includes their tribal affiliation and other works, in addition to their acknowledgements and notes on their contributions to the book. This anthology aims to both increase Native representation in middle grade literature and promote knowledge and understanding in non-Native readers. While not every story will be equally engaging for every reader and some points of overlap might seem a bit redundant, there is still more than enough to recommend this for school and public libraries everywhere. VERDICT All libraries should make room on their shelves for this collection of Native-voiced stories. Recommended.—Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Editor Smith and 16 other authors and artists collaborate in this #OwnVoices short story collection from HarperCollins's HeartDrum imprint, which was created to "highlight the voices of Native creators." Each story focuses on a different character and their experience of an intertribal powwow in Michigan. The stories range from solemn to silly, but each emphasizes the power of the tribal community to support and heal its members. The well-edited volume begins with welcoming and humorous tales before moving into heavier territory. Each creator provides a short biography in the back matter, which includes their tribal affiliation and other works, in addition to their acknowledgements and notes on their contributions to the book. This anthology aims to both increase Native representation in middle grade literature and promote knowledge and understanding in non-Native readers. While not every story will be equally engaging for every reader and some points of overlap might seem a bit redundant, there is still more than enough to recommend this for school and public libraries everywhere. VERDICT All libraries should make room on their shelves for this collection of Native-voiced stories. Recommended.—Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A volume of interconnected stories and poems set at a Native American Dance for Mother Earth Powwow celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan, includes contributions by such new and veteran writers as Joseph Bruchac, Dawn Quigley, and Traci Sorell.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A volume of interconnected stories and poems set at a Native American Dance for Mother Earth Powwow celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan, includes contributions by such new and veteran writers as Joseph Bruchac, Dawn Quigley and Traci Sorell. 25,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride. Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from faraway, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog). They are the heroes of their own stories. Featuring stories and poems by:Joseph Bruchac Art CoulsonChristine DayEric GansworthCarole LindstromDawn QuigleyRebecca RoanhorseDavid A. RobertsonAndrea L. RogersKim RogersCynthia Leitich SmithMonique Gray SmithTraci Sorell, Tim TingleErika T. WurthBrian Young In partnership with We Need Diverse Books