Unfortunately, there are not a lot of books about Indigenous musicians. However, these three books about Powwows are wonderful to tie culture and history to your lessons whether it be in November, or any other time of year. (Full disclosure: some affiliate links but it won’t change your price. No pressure!) Looking for more? Check out my post from last year: Five Books for Native American Heritage Month.

1. Josie Dances

Author: Denise Lajimodiere
IIlustrator: Angela Erdrich
ISBN: 978-1681342078
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This gorgeous book is about Josie’s experience preparing for and participating in her first Powwow as a dancer.

2. Finding My Dance

Author: Ria Thundercloud
ISBN: 978-0593093894
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This is a moving book about how her passion for movement gave her a way to express herself and connect to her culture.

3. Powwow Day

Author: Traci Sorell
Illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight
ISBN: 978-1580899482
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This book is about a little girl, River, who wants to dance in the Powwow but cannot as she is recovering from an unnamed illness.

I hope that this has given you some ideas for books to use for Native American Heritage Month. Are you looking for information about a Powwow to go along with one of these books? Check out this post with lots of links to authentic resources including some resources about Powwows and Powwow regalia.

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