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Ancestor Approved | Intertribal Stories for Kids | Ages 8 to 12 years

Ancestor Approved | Intertribal Stories for Kids | Ages 8 to 12 years

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Edited by award-winning and bestselling author Cynthia Smith, Ancestor Approved is a collection of intersecting indigenous stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursting with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.

Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from faraway, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog).

They are the heroes of their own stories.

Featuring stories and poems by:
Joseph Bruchac
Art Coulson
Christine Day
Eric Gansworth
Carole Lindstrom
Dawn Quigley
Rebecca Roanhorse
David A. Robertson
Andrea L. Rogers
Kim Rogers
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Monique Gray Smith
Traci Sorell,
Tim Tingle
Erika T. Wurth
Brian Young

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books


  • Ancestor Approved
  • Collected by Cynthia Smith.
  • Published by Heartdrum, February 9, 2021. 
  • Ages 8 to 12 years
  • Hardcover: 1.2" H x 8.3" L x 5.5" W (0.83 lbs)
  • Softcover: 0.8" H x 7.5" L x 5.1" W (0.45 lbs)
  • 320 pages
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