"When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow."--Provided by publisher.
I found the story here interesting, and appreciated the brief author's note at the end, explaining how the concept of the book - a powwow attended entirely by different kinds of dogs - had its roots in a traditional Ojibwe dance in which participants, singing "we are like dogs, we are like dogs," solicited food and gifts at all the nearby houses. This custom reminded me of some western European Christmas traditions, in which groups of singers travel from house to house, likewise asking for food and drink. I also appreciated the fact that the book was presented in both English and Anishinaabemowin, although I was only able to judge the former. The artwork from Thunder was not to my taste - too cartoon-like in style, with odd proportions and perspectives - but leaving that aside, I enjoyed Bowwow Powwow : Bagosenjige-niimi'idim, and would recommend it to anyone looking for picture-books about powwows and/or dreams, or that feature an Ojibwe cultural background.