A mother — the author of this story — shares Lakota cultural experiences with her daughter, introducing her to waci (dance) as a way to celebrate life. Wacipi (powwow), where the dancing occurs, is a setting for Indigenous song, dance, regalia, food and crafts.
A warm, family story for all ages, Waci! Dance! visually embraces the joy of being together and caring for each other. (A glossary and author's note are included.)
About the authors
Sage Spiedel is an Indigenous educator who comes from the Standing Rock Hunkpapa Lakota Nation and the Sapotaweyak Swampy Cree Nation. She holds a degree in Education from the University of Saskatchewan, and continually seeks unique opportunities for culturally responsive teaching. Her lived experiences and the inherited teachings of the Lakota & Cree culture have shaped her philosophy to share and create a harmonious environment for holistic Indigenous ways of knowing. Her love of teaching was inspired by her Kunsi Darlene and Michunski Wakiza.
Leah Dorion (B.Ed., B.A., M.A.) is a Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge that connects all people. She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine.
Other titles by Leah Dorion
Métis Camp Circle
A Bison Culture Way of Life
Métis Christmas Mittens
My First Métis Lobstick
A Story of Métis Life During the Voyageur Fur Trade Days
The Diamond Willow Walking Stick
A Traditional Métis Story About Generosity
Relatives with Roots
A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land
The Giving Tree
A Retelling of a Traditional Métis Story