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Lakota hoop dancer
Left Hand Bull, Jacqueline.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 26 cm
Follows the activities of Kevin Locke, a Hunkpapa Indian, as he prepares for and performs the traditional Lakota hoop dance.
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.0 1.0 47739.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 3 Quiz: 28034 Guided reading level: S.
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Central Library E99.T34 L43 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Kevin Locke, who is a member of the Lakota Nation, travels far from his home on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota to perform this difficult and intricate dance for audiences around the world.For Kevin, the hoop dance is more than a dance; it is a way of keeping Lakota traditions alive. And in the lively photographs and engaging text, the importance of the dance to both Lakota culture and all cultures-as a celebration of the human spirit and a symbol of unity and equality-is rendered compellingly. Readers will learn how Kevin prepares his hoops; what regalia, or outfit, he wears; the names and designs of specific hoop patterns and figures; and the importance of tiospaye, or extended family, to Lakota culture.With its gorgeous photographs and fascinating narrative, this book is a testament to the enduring message of the American Indian hoop dance-hope for future prosperity and harmony.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Kevin Locke, a member of the Lakota nation who lives on the Standing Rock reservation in South Dakota, performs the hoop dance all over the world. He learned the intricate, demanding dance as a young man, and for him the dance is one way to keep Lakota traditions alive. Readers will learn where Locke lives, how he makes his costumes and his hoops, and why the hoop is an important symbol to many American Indians. The well-written narrative is nicely matched with large full-color photos showing Locke's costumes, various dance designs, homeland, and family. An attractive addition for school and public libraries. A glossary and reading list are appended. --Karen Hutt

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6Words and full-color photographs explore the history, culture, and continuing growth of this type of dance. The narrative introduces Kevin Locke, a member of the Lakota Nation who has performed hoop dances all over the country and around the world. It explains how he learned the movements, how he creates his hoops, how his special clothesor regaliaare made following long-standing custom, and how he is helping the hoop-dance tradition to continue to live and grow. The text touches on many aspects of Lakota customs. The photographs are bright and eye-catching showing action shots of Locke performing, working on his regalia, and spending time with his children. Combined with books on powwows and other types of American Indian dances, this volume will add to youngsters understanding of an interesting part of modern American life.Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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