Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Curriculum Guide: Supplemental Questions and Links

Dancing and Powwows: Music, Video, Teaching Guides, Web Sites

Indian House Records: "Located in Taos, New Mexico, USA, Indian House is a 30-year old record company specializing in traditional American Indian music. Featured on our recordings are some of the most highly-respected Indian musicians in the United States and Canada." Indian House carries powwow, specifically jingle dance songs, as well as tapes of Creek songs and more.

Jingle Dancing: by TPT (related to production of Wacipi powwow documentary). Photo with one of the traditional stories and discussion of dance style.

The New Dawn of Tradition: A Wisconsin Powwow: includes video program, teacher guide, "share your culture," an interactive map, links and more!

"Native American Men's & Women's Dance Styles" vol. 1: Features video of Women's Jingle Dress (including the side step) and eight other styles of powwow dance) "taped at Southern Plains powwows and celebrations."

Pow-Wow Fever: a quarterly magazine for pow-wow people; includes interviews, articles, news, photographs and more!

Index of Native American Teaching Resources on the Internet from Karen Strom. Pretty much the best, screened-for-authenticity list of related teaching materials web wide. A great starting place.

"Into the Circle": an hour-long video introduction to the powwow and dance styles, featuring interviews with elders, dancers, and singers. Includes photographs and "eyewitness accounts" to offer historical perspective.

Southern Powwows: Arena & Staff, Drums & Songs, Resources & Calendar, Monthly Craft Section, Etiquette, Terminology, Dance Styles, Starting Out.

Wacipi Powwow Teacher’s Guide from the Minnesota Centuries Video and Teacher's Guide Series.

Culture and Advocacy: Sites & Teacher Info

Jenna and Cousin Elizabeth from Jingle Dancer First Americans: Native American Studies for Grade Schoolers: Dine, Muscogee (Creek), Tlingit, Lakota, Haudenosaunee by K. Martin (Creek). Features online activities; information on stereotypes; a gallery, histories; the individual tribes; links, and more.

Native American Rights Fund: a non-profit legal organization that represents Indian people. Organization includes many Native attorneys. It's listed here because in my picture book, Jenna's cousin Elizabeth (right) is a lawyer.

Fry Bread Recipe: I recommend serving with honey, the way Jenna likes it. Teachers may want to make fry bread with their students. Just make sure that the teacher, like Mrs. Scott, does the actual cooking part so that no one Jenna's age gets burned during the frying process.

Oyate: a non-profit organization focussed on children's books related to Native peoples. They evaluate books, conduct workshops for teachers and librarians, host a resource center and library of their own, and distribute work that they recommend. Oyate is also one of the outlets selling copies of JINGLE DANCER.

Teaching Respect for Native Peoples by Oyate hosted by CYALR.

An Interview With Children's Book Illustrators Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu from CYALR.

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