Book cover of Bowwow Powwow

Bowwow Powwow



Publisher & Publication Year

Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018

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Brenda J. Child (Ojibwe)

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Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe)



The best days of summer end at the powwow, but Windy Girl takes the revelry of the gathering one step farther, into a dreamworld where the dancers and singers are dogs.  Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Uncle’s stories and Windy Girl’s dream adventure help her better understand the importance of the powwow in her culture.

Notable Achievements

American Indian Youth Literature Awards: Best Picture Book 2020; American Library Association Notable Children's Book 2019; Cooperative Children’s Book Center Best of the Year Choices 2019; We Are Kid Lit Collective Summer Reading List 2019; American Indians in Children's Literature Best Books of 2018


Kirkus Reviews: “Child’s simple text will help young readers understand the significance of the Ojibwe powwow traditions, and Jourdain’s Ojibwe translation adds dimension. Simultaneously fanciful and reverent, this is a joyous look at a crucial tradition.”

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