The Drum Calls Softly
Have you danced the round dance yet?
Of course you have-you're in my dream.
You've danced in circles next to me
You now know things aren't as they seem.
Discover the beauty of the traditional Round Dance through the lush descriptive verse of Bouchard and Willier that leads you through the cycles and seasons of life, the forming of new friendships and the understanding of va...more
Paintings by Jim Poitras; Singing and drumming by Northern Cree
28p. Published by Red Deer Press, 2008
The Drum Calls Softly features a bilingual text in English and Cree that matches dancing silhouettes against soft, color backgrounds. A narrator invites the reader to join him in dancing the Round Dance at a powwow. The verses rhyme at times, and often require the reader have some background or prior knowledge of the Cree langua ...more
Although it is charming, from an educational standpoint it is not the strongest of his works. It is better suited to students who already have some familiarity with First Nations culture and tradition. This is not a clear, literal explanati ...more
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