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The Powwow: An Art History

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Several of these documents can be consulted at the Canadian Museum of Civilization Library.

Our research did not succeed in finding documents in French. Any suggestions will be appreciated! ( )

Compiled by Sylvia Mauro, Reference Librarian, CMC, October 24, 2002.


Acland, Joan Reid. First Nations Artists in Canada: a biographical / bibliographical guide, 1960 to 1999 = Artistes des premières nations au Canada : un guide biographique / bibliographique, 1960 à 1999. Montreal: The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art / L’Institut de recherche en art canadien Gail et Stephen A. Jarislowsky, 2001, 334 p.
Call number: REF N 6549.5 A54 A 35 2001

Berlo, Janet Catherine and Ruth B. Phillips. Native North American art. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998, 291 p.
Call number: E 98 A7 B448 1998

Bernstein, Diane Morris and Don Contreras. We dance because we can: people of the Powwow. Marietta, Ga.: Longstreet Press, 1996, 149 p.
Call number: E 98 P86 B42 1996

Boyer, Bob and Lee-Ann Martin. The powwow: an art history. Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2000, 75 p.
Call number: N 6549.5 A54 P68 200

Browner, Tara. Heartbeat of the people: music and dance of the northern pow-wow. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002, Coll. Music in American Life, 163 p.

Canadian Museum of Civilization. In the Shadow of the sun: perspectives on contemporary native art. Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1993, 538 p.
Call number: E 53 C3 no. 124

Heth, Charlotte (ed.). Native American dance: ceremonies and social traditions. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, with Starwood Pub., 1992, 196 p.
Call number: E 59 D35 N38 1992

Highwater, Jamake. Ritual of the wind: North American Indian ceremonies, music, and dance. New York: A. Van der Marck Editions, 1984, 200 p.
Call number: E 98 R3 H7 1984

Jones, BlackWolf and Gina Jones. Earth dance drum: a celebration of life. Salt Lake City, UT: Commune-a-Key Pub., 1996, 345 p.

Laubin, Reginald and Gladys Laubin. Indian dances of North America: their importance to Indian life. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1989, Collection: Civilization of the American Indian series; v. 141, 538 p.
Call number: E 98 D2 L28 1989

Marra, Ben. Powwow: images along the red road. New York: Abrams, 1996, 112 p.
Call number: E 98 P86 M377 1996

Matuz, Robert (ed.) St. James guide to native North American artists. Detroit: St. James Press, 1998, 691 p.
Call number: REF E 98 A7 S24 1998

McMaster, Gerald R. and Lee-Ann Martin (eds.) Indigena: contemporary native perspectives. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre; Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1992, 199 p.
Call number: REF MUS E 78 C2 I525 1992

McMaster, Gerald R. (ed.). Reservation X: the power of place in aboriginal contemporary art. Fredericton: Goose Lane; Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1998, 164 p.
Call number: N 6494 I56 M35 1998

Neel, David and Andrew Hunter. David Neel: living traditions: 14 November 1998-24 January 1999, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, British Columbia. Kamloops, B.C.: Kamloops Art Gallery, c1998, 32 p.
Call number: N 6549 N44 A4 1998

Roberts, Chris. Powwow country. Helena, MT: American & World Geographic Pub., 1992, 128 p.
Call number: E 98 P86 R62 1992

Thomas, Jeffrey and Gerald R. McMaster. Jeffrey Thomas: portraits from the dancing grounds. Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 1996, 12 p.

White, Julia C. The pow wow trail: understanding and enjoying the Native American pow wow. Summertown, TN: Book Pub., 1996, 112 p.


The American Indian Dance Theatre: finding the circle. Tatge, Catherine; Geiogamah, Hanay; Brockway, Merrill; American Indian Dance Theatre; Tatge/Lassner Productions, Inc. New York: WNET/thirteen, 1989, Collection: Dance in America, 1 videocassette (59 min.)
Call number: VIDEO 254

Into the circle: an introduction to Native American Powwows. Northbrook, Il.: Film Ideas, Inc., 1993, 1 videocassette (58 min.)
Call number: VIDEO 276

Native American men’s & women’s dance styles, volume 1 and 2. Mathews, J. R.; Swearingen, Scott; Rhoades, Sandy; Full Circle Communications. Tulsa, OK: Full Circle Communications, 1994, 2 videocassette (60 min.)
Call number: VIDEO 258, 259

Pow-Wow. Montreal: Ateliers audiovisuels du Québec, 1971, 1 videocassette (25 p.) + 1 cahier d’accompagnement (numéro 22)
Call number: VIDEO 337 + Cahier 22

A warrior’s dream: Manitoba’s First Nations Peoples International Pow Wow. Pashe, Dennis (prod.); Ladd, Boye Ladd (dir. and prod.). Portage LaPrairie, Man.: Dakota Tipi First Nation, 1996, 1 videocassette (ca. 55 min)


The best of the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre, 1993? 1 compact disc.

From the heart: Pow wow songs. White Tail Singers. Sioux Lookout, Ont.: First Nations Music, 1994. 1 compact disc.

Pow wow songs: music of the Plain Indians. New York: New world Records, 1986. 1 compact disc.
Call number: Audio CD 3

Vertical File

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Juvenile Literature

Ancona, George. Powwow. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991 v. (unpaged).

Braine, Susan. Drumbeat … heartbeat: a celebration of the powwow. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1995, We are still here series, 48 p.

Crum, Robert. Eagle drum: on the powwow trail with a young grass dancer. Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994, 48 p.

Greene, Jacqueline Dembar. Powwow: a good day to dance. Danbury, Connecticut: Franklin Watts, 1997, 64 p.

Kalman, Bobbie. Celebrating the powwow. Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 1997, 32 p.