He Who Dreams
Mocked by his friends and treated like an intruder by his dance classmates, can John, half Irish, half Cree, find a way to follow his dreams to learn to dance at the Pow Wow?
The sound of the drumbeats changes everything.
Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide. When he attends a pow wow and witnesses a powerful performance, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. But the nearest class for boys is at the Native Cultural Center in the city, and he still hasn't told his family or friends about his new passion. If he wants to dance, he will have to stop hiding. Between the mocking of his teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, John must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.
Melanie Florence has been recognized for her ability to write about Indigenous history and culture with sensitivity and compassion.