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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

A Dance Through the Seasons

by (author) Leona Prince

illustrated by Carla Joseph

WaveMaker Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
Native Canadian, Seasons
Recommended Age
7 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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  • Spiral bound

    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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This story is about the journey of Young Woman and Turtle. They move through the seasons together and Young Woman learns that growing up takes patience and time. Leadership comes from within, but it also comes from listening to the world around you. A Dance Through the Seasons not only leads you through the story of one girl's path, but also through the seasonal rounds of the Dakelh (Carrier) people of British Columbia.

About the authors

Leona Prince is from the Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’ten and belongs to the Likh Tsa Mis Yu (Beaver) Clan. She is a descendant of Chief Kwah and Stiche. Leona is an award-winning educator and is currently the District Principal of Aboriginal Education for School District 91 (Nechako Lakes). She is the author of A Dance Through the Seasons, published by Fireweed Canada. Leona lives in Burns Lake, British Columbia.


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Carla Joseph is a Cree artist originally from Prince George, British Columbia. In 2016 Carla was the Artist in Residence for the Prince George Community Arts Council, and she has done design work for several organizations, including the Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Carla loves the way she makes people feel with her art. It inspires her to continue with her gift, and she loves to challenge herself by taking on many different types of projects, many of which can be seen around her community. She is also the illustrator of Be a Good Ancestor. Carla lives in Chilliwack, British Columbia.

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Excerpt: A Dance Through the Seasons (by (author) Leona Prince; illustrated by Carla Joseph)

In a shallow part of the river, Turtle instructed her on how to build fish weir to trap the fish. Summer meant a bounty of sockeye salmon! She smoked the fish in a tent she fashioned and used alder wood to create the perfect flavour. She stored all of the dried and smoked food for the upcoming fall and winter. She noticed that the days were getting shorter and they decided that it was time to go back to the forest where they would remain throughout the cold months.

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