Powwow Summer-FNCR20

James Lorimer & Company Ltd.SKU: 9781459414150

Author:
Shingoose, Nahanni
Grade Levels:
Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve
Nation:
Ojibwe
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
176
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd.
Copyright Data:
2019

Price:
Sale price$14.95
Stock:
In stock

Description

Powwow Summer by Nahanni Shingoose, Saulteaux, is a coming-of-age story about a teen girl who experiences her Indigenous heritage in a meaningful way. Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity. Now eighteen and just finished high school, River travels to Winnipeg to spend the summer with her Indigenous father and grandmother, where she sees firsthand what it means to be an "urban Indian." On her family's nearby reserve, she learns more than she expects about the lives of Indigenous people, including the presence of Indigenous gangs and the multi-generational effects of the residential school system. But River also discovers a deep respect for and connection with the land and her cultural traditions. The highlight of her summer is attending the annual powwow with her new friends. At the powwow after party, however, River drinks too much and posts photos online that anger people and she has her right to identify as an Indigenous person called into question. Can River ever begin to resolve the complexities of her identity — Indigenous and not? Nahanni Shingoose is the recipient of a Golden Leaf National Publishing Award, an Indspire Indigenous Educator Award, and two Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Nahanni is also Lead Writer for the National Film Board's Indigenous Education and Reconciliation Program.
  

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