Dancing Through History: In Search of the Stories that Define Canada

Dancing Through History In Search of the Stories that Define Canada Some people travel to discover a country s architecture others to sample its cuisine or experience its nature For author Lori Henry travel is a way to discover a country s dances In Dancing Through

  • Title: Dancing Through History: In Search of the Stories that Define Canada
  • Author: Lori Henry
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  • Page: 303
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  • Some people travel to discover a country s architecture others to sample its cuisine, or experience its nature For author Lori Henry, travel is a way to discover a country s dances In Dancing Through History, Henry crosses Canada s vast physical and ethnic terrain to uncover how its various cultures have evolved through their dances Her coast to coast journey takes herSome people travel to discover a country s architecture others to sample its cuisine, or experience its nature For author Lori Henry, travel is a way to discover a country s dances In Dancing Through History, Henry crosses Canada s vast physical and ethnic terrain to uncover how its various cultures have evolved through their dances Her coast to coast journey takes her to Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, where she witnesses the seldom seen animist dances of the islands First Nation people And in the Arctic, Henry partakes in Inuit drum dancing, kept alive by a new generation of Nunavut youth And in Cape Breton, she uncovers the ancient step dance of the once culturally oppressed Gaels of Nova Scotia During her travels, Henry discovers that dance helps to break down barriers and encourage cooperation between people with a history of injustice Dance, she finds, can provide key insight into what people value most as a culture, which is often similar than it seems It is this kind of understanding that goes beyond our divisive histories and gives us compassion for one another.

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    1. I appreciated the opportunity to view Canada and its people through such an open lens. The author's genuine curiosity and participation in the dances kept me engaged, even though I'm not "a dancer." I just loved the playful yet powerful word choice and the dialogues that emerged before and after the dances.

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