When the Spirits Dance: A Cree Boy’s Search for the Meaning for

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Award winning First nations author Larry Loyie shares the drama of his childhood during the Second World War years. As a young Cree boy, Lawrence struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war.

Available in paperback only.  When the Spirits Dance: A Cree Boy’s Search for the Meaning for War, by Larry Loyie (Cree), with Constance Brissenden.  2006.  42 pages, Illustrations are photos, mostly color.

Award winning First nations author Larry Loyie shares the drama of his childhood during the Second World War years. As a young Cree boy, Lawrence struggles to grow up while wrestling with the meaning of war. When army runaways threaten his family, he must call on his skills and the teachings of his elders to keep them safe.

 Lawrence’s story continues in As Long as the Rivers Flow, also available from Oyate.

Some Oyate Board members thoughts about When Spirits Dance:

Doris: "This is a true story and I really like it. Time of WWII was really déjà vu for me. This is a good one for kids and some adults."


Robette: "You don’t often hear about the sacrifices Native people made during WWII, especially First Nations people. This book is very eye opening. Through his autobiography, Loyie tells of a young boy needing to grow up too fast because of the social circumstances of his family and country. Tender descriptions of Loyie’s family are full of warmth and love."