An Ojibwe girl practices her dance steps, gets help from her family, and is inspired by the soaring flight of Migizi, the eagle, as she prepares for her first powwow.
As the months go by, Josie practices her dance steps while Mom stitches, Aunty and Kookum bead, and Grandma Greatwalker dreams Josie’s spirit name. Josie is nervous about her performance in the arena and about all the pieces falling into place, but she knows her family is there to support her.
The powwow circle is a welcoming space, and dancers and spectators alike celebrate Josie’s first dance. When she receives her name, she knows it’s just right. Wrapped in the love of her community, Josie dances to honor her ancestors.
Denise Lajimodiere is a retired associate professor of educational leadership at North Dakota State University living in a cozy cottage by a lake on the Turtle Mountain Reservation.
Fine artist Angela Erdrich is a pediatrician practicing in the Twin Cities.
Both are citizens of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
Native American Artist-in-Residence: Denise Lajimodiere
Artist in the Gallery: A Conversation with Denise Lajimodiere
$16.95 hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-68134-207-8
32 pages, 10 x 10 inches, Fully Illustrated, Glossary, Ages 3-7