Jan Bourdeau Waboose Firedancers

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Firedancers

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"What is it, Noko?" Grandmother does not answer. Somehow, I feel that we are being watched and she knows what is there. "I will go and see what it might be." And then I add, "I'll be careful." Although I try to sound brave, I don't want to go into the dark corner where the fire does not glow. I remind myself that I have been in the woods many times and was never afraid before. I walk toward the huge white pine that hides what could be there. Again, I feel a wind tapping my back. I look behind me. There is nothing. As night sets in and the fire crackles, a young native girl is amazed when he grandmother invokes the spirits of their ancestors. She learn the mystical firedance and creates a bond with her people and their heritage that will last a lifetime.

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Jan Bourdeau Waboose is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

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A young Ojibwa girl and her grandmother have taken the motorboat to Smooth Rock Island many times before, but never at night. Filled with a strange feeling and sensing the presence of others although she sees no one else, the young girl listens as Noko, her grandmother, tells of coming to the island for ceremonial dances. Listening for the sound of moccasins and trying to be brave, the granddaughter finally sees ancestors dancing in the fire's smoke, and she joins her grandmother as a Firedancer. The paintings, in deep, rich colors, show island scenes familiar by day but strangely new at night and convey the range of emotions the young girl feels during her first experience as a Firedancer. The story will work nicely as a classroom supplement. Karen Hutt
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