Secret of the Dance – Andrea Spalding and Alfred Scow

This picture book is a fictionalized account of historical events in Canada from 19900- 1950. The Canadian government banned First Nations on the West Coast from holding ceremonial potlatches. Alfred Scow recalls events similar to the one’s depicted in this book from his own childhood. Alfred’s kinspeople hold a ceremonial potlatch in defiance of a Canadian law. One young boy sneaks out of bed to see the ceremony and dancing and catches his only glimpse of his father’s dancing.

The book is illustrated by Darlene Gait and incorporates designs from the traditional art of the area. A valuable piece of fiction for exploring systemic racism, Canadian history, Aboriginal experiences, culture, family, the role of ceremony.

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