Title: Indian FestivalsIndian Festivals
Author: Keith Brandt
Illustrator: George Guzzi
Pages: 30
Reading Level: Beginner
Star Rating: ★★

In this short book, Keith Brandt explores the various festivals practiced by Indians from coast to coast. I expected these to be mainly of a non-religious nature, but I should have known better – for the Indians festivals or times of celebration were almost always associated with their belief in the Great Spirit.

The Festival of the White Dog (so called because a white dog is sacrificed during it), the Maple Festival, the Planting Festival, the Green Corn Festival, Sun Dances, Stomp Dances, as well as False Face Society meetings are all explained. Each has its own religious implications and oft times included violence and / or strange looking masks. As with Indian Crafts, Indians are depicted in typical amounts of clothing.

Conclusion. I liked this book a little less than others in the same series – Indian Crafts and Indian Homes.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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