Finding my dance

by Thundercloud, Ria,

Format: Print Book 2022
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In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage.

At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles--tap, jazz, ballet--but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up.

Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey--from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional--accompanied by striking illustrations that depict it while bringing her graceful movements to life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thundercloud's debut picture book recounts her personal experiences as a young Indigenous dancer. At age 4 she jingle danced at her first powwow; at 13 she began fancy shawl dancing. She studied Western-style dance as well (tap, jazz, ballet, modern), and performed with a competitive dance team for several years. As a professional, she decided classical forms were too structured for her; currently she concentrates on her Indigenous repertoire, which now includes an eagle dance. The succinct text emphasizes the author's love of her heritage (Ho-Chunk and Sandia Pueblo) and the grounded, expressive feelings she derives from traditional performances. Fuller's colorful artwork excels at depicting the cultural elements of this art form (regalia, drumming, and the powwow setting itself) as well as Thundercloud's experiences in non-Native spheres, such as classical dance lessons, dance competitions, and school. Greens and blues predominate in scenes set in Native territory, with oranges employed to spotlight important details. An inspiring story about following one's passion."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""My name is Waka˛ ja haja pj˛j˛wi˛ga, which means 'Beautiful Thunder Woman.' I am from the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin and Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico," which "value an important part of my life: dance" begins Thundercloud's autobiographical picture book, tracing the protagonist's experience as a dancer, starting with the gift of an orange jingle dress at age four. At her first powwow, Thundercloud leads her family into the arena, "a circle to symbolize unity, where there is no beginning and no end, just infinite connections to the spirit world and the earth." Each summer for years, "my older brothers and I would hit the 'powwow trail,' " until joining a dance team leads to a professional career that takes her all over the world. But "no matter how far I went, I would always return." In a heartfelt, personal-feeling narrative, Thundercloud encapsulates many Indigenous traditions; Fuller's unlined graphic art employs warm, rich colors that align with the narrator's heart, determination, and love of dance. Ages 4--8. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thundercloud, Ria -- Juvenile literature.
Thundercloud, Ria.
Indian dance -- North America -- Juvenile literature.
Women dancers -- North America -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile literature.
Ho-Chunk women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Pueblo women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Indian dance -- North America.
Women dancers -- North America -- Biography.
Indians of North America -- Social life and customs.
Ho-Chunk women -- Biography.
Pueblo women -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Penguin Workshop,2022
Contributors Fuller, Kalila J., illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780593093894
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