PRAISE FOR DANCING THROUGH HISTORY: "Beautiful research." – Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio One's The Next Chapter
"Anyone interested in dance will love this book." – Robin Esrock, Travel Writer and TV Host (Word Travels on National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel, OLN/City TV)
"Dancing Through History is a strong pick for travel and culture collections, highly recommended." – The Midwest Book Review
"As its title indicates, Dancing Through History looks at how past events have shaped the traditional dances of the country's immigrant and aboriginal groups. In fact, the book reads less like a travelogue than a study of how Canada's diverse communities—in particular First Nations groups—have struggled to retain their cultures in the face of political challenges." – Carolyn Ali, Travel Editor at The Georgia Straight
"If you're a dance lover, Dancing Through History is definitely worth taking a look at. It will teach you more about something you love, but it will also remind you that dance is universal. It crosses boundaries, cultures and ages, and has a way of binding people together in a way that almost nothing else can." – INDUSTRY Dance Magazine
"It's interesting because, as I was thumbing through the chapters of your book, I was thinking, 'You know, dance might very well be the most accessible art form known to humanity.'" – Wendy Bergfeldt, CBC Radio One interview on Mainstreet Cape Bretonwith author Lori Henry
SYNOPSIS: Some people travel to discover a country’s cuisine, others for the wildlife. Lori Henry travels to learn about a culture through its traditional dances. In Canada, hundreds of ethnicities have made the country their home and Lori crosses the vast terrain to learn how some of their traditions and lifestyles have evolved through dance.
She learned Inuit drum dancing and throat singing in Nunavut, step dancing in Gaelic Cape Breton, Highland dancing in New Brunswick, what it’s like to perform with Cirque du Soleil, pow wow and hoop dancing in Wikwemikong and Winnipeg, the Métis Red River Jig in Saskatchewan, Ukrainian dancing in Saskatoon and Jasper, ceremonial dances in Haida Gwaii, and witnessed one family’s history through dance from the Gitxsan nation.
The rhythm of the country is mirrored in the way it dances and Canada’s steps parallel the first people and those who immigrated here for a better life. Can a country’s identity be defined through dance?
AUTHOR'S BIO Lori Henry is a travel writer based in Vancouver, Canada who started dancing when she was two years old. Her writing specializes in culture, dance, outdoor adventures, wellness, and eco travel.
CHAPTER BREAKDOWN 1 Banging on the Drum of History (Nunavut): Inuit drum dancing, Inuit throat singing, and Greenlandic folk and mask dancing 2 Stepping through Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia): Cape Breton step dancing, and Newfoundland and Labrador folk dancing 3 Flinging through the Highland Games (New Brunswick): Highland dancing 4 Contorting in the Cirque du Soleil (Quebec): circus performance 5 Jingling through the Pow Wow Circuit (Ontario and Manitoba): First Nations pow wow and hoop dancing 6 A Fiddle Fest the Métis Way (Saskatchewan): the Métis Red River Jig 7 Let’s Dance Ukrainian Style (Saskatchewan and Alberta): Ukrainian dancing 8 The Visitors Who Never Left (British Columbia): Gitxsan, Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and Haida dancing