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Red Bird Danced



Publisher & Publication Year

HarperCollins/Heartdrum, 2024

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Dawn Quigley (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)

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Carla Joseph (Cree)



Ariel and Tomah have lived in the city’s intertribal housing complex all their lives. But for both of them, this Dagwaagin (Autumn) season is different than any before. As the seasons change and the cold of winter gives way to spring’s promise, Ariel and Tomah begin to change too as they learn to share the rhythms and stories they carry within themselves.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: "A moving narrative that highlights issues relating to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis while celebrating the healing power of art—including dance, folklore, music, and poetry—and the solace one can find in connecting with one’s heritage."

Kirkus Reviews: "A captivating, exquisitely penned story of hope and survival."

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