Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child
Windy Girl has a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions - about dances and sharing gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself - about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.
When Uncle and Windy Girl and Itchy Boy attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars.
Now Uncle's stories inspire other visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers - all with the telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All honoring the wonder of the powwow.
Brenda J. Child (Red Lake Ojibwe) is a professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.