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Secret of the Dance
By authors: Andrea Spalding, Alfred Scow   Illustrated by: Darlene Gait
Selling Points: First Nations, forbidden Potlatch, Hamatsa dance, indigenous
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2009
Pages: 32
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Price:  $9.95
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"Many years ago, when the world and I were younger, my family defied the government."

In 1935, a nine-year-old boy's family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, he saw a figure he knew. Aboriginal elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding collaborate to tell the story, to tell the secret of the dance.


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