THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN DANCE TOUR

by Dawn Dumont

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The hilarious story of an unlikely group of Indigenous dancers who find themselves thrown together on a performance tour of Europe.

The Tour is all prepared. The Prairie Chicken dance troupe is all set for a fifteen-day trek through Europe, performing at festivals and cultural events. But then the performers all come down with the flu. And John Greyeyes, a retired cowboy who hasn’t danced in fifteen years, finds himself abruptly thrust into the position of leading a hastily-assembled group of replacement dancers.

A group of expert dancers they are not. There’s a middle-aged woman with advanced arthritis, her nineteen-year-old niece who is far more interested in flirtations than pow-wow, and an enigmatic man from the U.S. — all being chased by Nadine, the organizer of the original tour who is determined to be a part of the action, and the handsome man she picked up in a gas-station bathroom. They’re all looking to John, who has never left the continent, to guide them through a world that he knows nothing about. As the gang makes its way from one stop to another, absolutely nothing goes as planned and the tour becomes a string of madcap adventures.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dawn Dumont is from the Okanese Cree Nation, located in southern Saskatchewan. She earned a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and holds a law degree from Queen’s University.

She is the award-winning writer of Nobody Cries at Bingo, Rose’s Run and Glass Beads.

Dawn is a keynote speaker and has performed as a stand-up comic. She was a story editor for the animated APTN program, By the Rapids, and she writes regular columns in Eagle Feather News and the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.


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