Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac lives in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Native American ancestry. Although his northeastern American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by which he has been most nourished. Joseph Bruchac is an Abenaki Indian author and storyteller. He is one of the most prominent contemporary Native American storytellers today. Bruchac's books about Native American life in the past and present are highly recommended by us for their accuracy and story quality.

He, his younger sister Margaret, and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, continue to work extensively in projects involving the preservation of Abenaki culture, language and traditional Native skills, including performing traditional and contemporary Abenaki music with the Dawnland Singers.

He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. His work as a educator includes eight years of directing a college program for Skidmore College inside a maximum security prison. With his late wife, Carol, he founded the Greenfield Review Literary Center and The Greenfield Review Press. He has edited a number of highly praised anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction, including Songs from this Earth on Turtle's Back, Breaking Silence (winner of an American Book Award) and Returning the Gift. His poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from American Poetry Review, Cricket and Aboriginal Voices to National Geographic, Parabola and Smithsonian Magazine. He has authored more than 120 books for adults and children, including The First Strawberries, Keepers of the Earth (co-authored with Michael Caduto), Tell Me a Tale, When the Chenoo Howls (co-authored with his son, James), his autobiography Bowman's Store and such novels as Dawn Land, The Waters Between, Arrow Over the Door and The Heart of a Chief. His honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, the Cherokee Nation Prose Award, the Knickerbocker Award, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature and both the 1998 Writer of the Year Award and the 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, Joe Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States from Florida to Hawaii and has been featured at such events as the British Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. He has been a storyteller-in-residence for Native American organizations and schools throughout the continent, including the Institute of Alaska Native Arts and the Onondaga Nation School. He discusses Native culture and his books and does storytelling programs at dozens of elementary and secondary schools each year as a visiting author.

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Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
Little "Sonny" Bruchac's childhood was full of secrets. He didn't know why he lived with his grandparents, who ran a gas station and general store, when his own parents' home was just up the road, or why his grandfather was so defensive about his dark skin. The precocious, sensitive boy knew only that his grandparents nurtured his love of books and wild things as surely as they sheltered him from dangers real and imagined. As Sonny grew up, through experiences both searing and hilarious, he would find himself drawn to all things Indian long before he knew of his grandfather's hidden Abenaki roots.

Bowman's Store gracefully weaves themes from Joseph Bruchac's intimate knowledge of Native American cultures with the scenes from the past that have shaped his life. For those who enjoy memoirs, Native American writings, and books about finding one's cultural heritage -- or just a wonderful read -- here is a consummate storyteller unfolding his most personal and poignant story of all.

Guided Reading: Y
Lexile: N/A
Interest Level: Grades 4 - 12
Reading Level: Grades 4 - College
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Keepers of Life Teacher's Guide
Format: Paperback
Companion to Keepers of Life. Supplementary text, activity guidelines, and supplemental reading lists.
$25.95

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Code Talker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
This book is a fascinating slice of World War II history by a much-respected and acclaimed author. Six-year-old Ned Begay leaves his Navajo home for residential school, where he learns the English language. At 16, he enlists in the Marines during World War II and is trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code that was kept secret until 1969. Rooted in his Navajo consciousness and traditions even in dealing with fear, loneliness, and the horrors of the battlefield, Ned tells of his experiences of war. Ages 11+
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Geronimo
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Hardcover
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Jim Thorpe: Original All American
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
Jim Thorpe's amazing accomplishments as an Olympic medal winner as well as an outstanding professional football and baseball player brings his story to life. Focusing on his years at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School, this title highlights his early athletic career, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the 20th century.

Ages 12-15
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A Boy Called Slow
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
A proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, he eventually earns the new name of Sitting Bull.
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Bearwalker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Content Territory: Abenaki
Format: Paperback
As a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan, Baron has always been fascinated by bears. But the Bearwalker legend, passed down by his ancestors, tells of a creature, a terrible mix of human and animal that looks like a bear but is really a bloodthirsty monster. During a class camping trip deep in the Adirondacks, Baron comes face-to-face with an evil being that is all too real. Although he knows how the story ends in the legend, Baron must overcome this Bearwalker on his own terms. Ages 10-12
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Children of the Longhouse
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
When Ohkwari overhears a group of older boys planning a raid on a neighboring village, he immediately tells his Mohawk elders. An exciting story that also offers an in-depth look at Native life centuries ago.
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Crazy Horse's Vision
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know that his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair. Curly was a leader even as a young boy, but his bravery could not prepare him for the trouble he and the other Lakota faced from the white settlers. After a fierce battle that mortally wounded Chief Conquering Bear, Curly felt called to help his people. So he defied traditional custom and ran away to seek a vision. Three days went by. Finally, as an exhausted Curly collapsed on the ground, the vision came, a rider suspended above the ground and voices coming from nowhere. It took three years for Curly to understand his vision, and this long journey gave him the strength and leadership to guide his people. Because of this powerful vision, Curly''s father renamed him Crazy Horse
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Eagle Song
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
After a move to the big city with his family, a case of culture shock sets in. No longer on the Mohawk reservation with all his friends, he feels out of place and alone. Joseph Bruchac explores courage in the face of racism.
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Flying With the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Tales From Native North America
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
"Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear" is a continent-spanning collection of 16 thrilling tales in which young Native American men must face great enemies, find strength and endurance within themselves to succeed, and take their place by the side of their elders.
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Hidden Roots
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
Eleven-year-old Sonny and his mother can''t predict his father''s sudden abusive rages. Jake''s anger only gets worse after long days at the paper mill -- and when Uncle Louis appears. Louis seems to show up when Sonny and his mother need help most, but there is something about his quiet wisdom that only fuels Jake''s rage. Through an unexpected friendship with a new school librarian, Sonny gains the strength to stand up to his father, and to finally confront his mother and uncle about a secret family heritage that may be the key to his father''s self-hatred.
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How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
Format: Paperback
In this retelling of a Native American pourquoi tale, Brown Squirrel challenges prideful Bear to keep the sun from rising.
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Jim Thorpe's Bright Path
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
Being awarded "Athlete of the Century" in 1999 was a marvelous achievement for a Native kid born in a log cabin. Thorpe had much going for him: determination, confidence, amazing athletic ability, and a father who insisted that he learn English to protect himself from unscrupulous men who took advantage of Indians.

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Keepers of the Animals: Native Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children
Format: Paperback
B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.4- Life Science

Part of the bestselling "Keepers" series, Keepers of the Animals encourages an early interest in wildlife and the environment through Native stories and legends and extensively tested activities for children aged 5 to 12. Perfect for classroom and home use, this interdisciplinary book teaches children to appreciate Native cultures and heritage while learning about North American animals, insects, fish, reptiles, and birds.

Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.
$31.95

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