21 Peace Dancer

British Columbia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Revue Stage
$17 / $9.50

Renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers was so shy when he was younger that he wouldn’t talk at all. A few decades ago, he was fishing when an eagle flew past. As Vickers whistled at it, the eagle turned around and an eagle feather fell onto his chest. He says that was when he knew it was his turn to speak. And speak he has: his series of bestselling children's books, the latest of which is Peace Dancer, gives him a voice to hand down the First Nations legends that have shaped his life. Come hear this master storyteller weave a warning tale about respect for the natural world, and what happens when children mistreat a crow, bringing about near-disaster on their village.

Suitable for Grades 2-5

Book:

  • Peace Dancer, Roy Henry Vickers

Curriculum Connections:

  • Writing. Art making. 

Activities:

Roy Henry Vickers was so shy when he was a child that he wouldn’t talk at all. It was a chance encounter with an eagle feather that made him feel it was his turn to speak. Peace Dancer details the consequences of children mistreating a crow. Discuss with students when it is appropriate to speak and when it is appropriate to be quiet. Talk about a time where students felt they had to speak up. (E.g: when they saw someone in trouble, when they needed help)