Storytelling and Crafts for Children

with Violet Duncan (Plains Cree and Taíno)

Steele Auditorium

Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4

10:00 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Violet, from Kehewin, Alberta, Canada, was Miss Indian World 2012. As such, she represented all indigenous people of North America. Violet combines traditional dance styles and storytelling to tell stories passed down from generation to generation. She has performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. Violet lives with her husband and four young children in Arizona.

Violet is the author and illustrator of The Sweet Violet Series of children’s books, including When We Dance and Let’s Hoop Dance. When We Dance is a timeless story about a mother passing down traditional teachings through oral history and dance to her daughter. As the girl grows into a woman, she is taught that dance is a way to connect with all things and through dance they can truly appreciate the beauty that is all around them. This is a universal Native American story that will be enjoyed time and time again.

 Let’s Hoop Dance is a delightful father and son story about sharing the gift of the Hoop Dance. Violet was inspired by watching the passion and determination in her son when he danced with his father, five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan. Go on a heartfelt journey with Naiche and his hoops!