Legend of Skeleton Man Books In Order
- Skeleton Man (2001)
- The Return of Skeleton Man (2006)
Killer of Enemies Books In Order
- Killer of Enemies (2013)
- Trail of the Dead (2015)
- Arrow of Lightning (2017)
PathFinders Books In Order
- Long Run (2016)
- Found (2020)
Jacob Neptune Murder Mystery Books In Order
- Chenoo (2016)
- Padoskoks (2020)
Unicorn Rescue Society Books In Order
- Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot (2018)
Powwow Mystery Books In Order
- The Powwow Thief (2019)
- The Powwow Dog (2019)
- The Powwow Treasure (2020)
- The Good Message of Handsome Lake (1979)
- Translator’s Son (1980)
- Tracking (Raccoon 22) (1986)
- Near the Mountains (1987)
- Dawn Land (1993)
- Fox Song (1993)
- Gluskabe and the Four Wishes (1995)
- Long River (1995)
- The Story of the Milky Way (1995)
- Reclaiming the Vision (1996)
- Children of the Longhouse (1996)
- Eagle Song (1997)
- Arrow Over the Door (1998)
- The Waters Between (1998)
- The Heart of a Chief (1998)
- No Borders (1998)
- The Trail of Tears (1999)
- Sacajawea (2000)
- Trails of Tears, Paths of Beauty (2000)
- Seasons of the Circle (2002)
- The Winter People (2002)
- Pocahontas (2003)
- The Warriors (2003)
- Buffalo Boy (2003)
- Hidden Roots (2004)
- Rachel Carson (2004)
- The Dark Pond (2004)
- At the End of Ridge Road (2004)
- Code Talker (2005)
- Whisper In The Dark (2005)
- Geronimo (2006)
- Wabi (2006)
- Bearwalker (2007)
- March Toward the Thunder (2008)
- Night Wings (2009)
- Dragon Castle (2011)
- Wolf Mark (2011)
- The Way (2013)
- Brothers of the Buffalo (2013)
- Talking Leaves (2016)
- Two Roads (2018)
- Peacemaker (2021)
- Rez Dogs (2021)
- Stone Giants and Flying Heads (1978)
- Iroquois Stories (1985)
- Wind Eagle and Other Abenaki Stories (1985)
- Return of the Sun (1989)
- The Boy Who Lived with the Bears (1990)
- Native American Stories (1991)
- Hoop Snakes, Hide Behinds, and Side (1991)
- Keepers of the Animals (1991)
- Native American Animal Stories (1992)
- Turtle Meat (1992)
- Flying With the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear (1993)
- Native American Sweat Lodge (1993)
- The Faithful Hunter (1994)
- The Girl Who Married the Moon (1994)
- Dog People (1995)
- Native Plant Stories (1995)
- Four Ancestors (1996)
- Native American Games and Stories (1996)
- Roots of Survival (1996)
- When the Chenoo Howls (1998)
- Pushing Up the Sky (2000)
- Our Stories Remember (2003)
- Sports Shorts (2005)
- Foot of the Mountain (2005)
- The Hero Next Door (2019)
- The Earth Under Sky Bear’s Feet (1995)
- Thirteen Moons On Turtle’s Back (1992)
- The Great Ball Game (1994)
- A Boy Called Slow (1995)
- The Maple Thanksgiving (1996)
- Many Nations (1997)
- Makiawisug (1997)
- The First Strawberries (1998)
- Between Earth and Sky (1999)
- Crazy Horse’s Vision (2000)
- Squanto’s Journey (2000)
- How Chipmunk Got His Stripes (2001)
- Navajo Long Walk (2002)
- Turtle’s Race with Beaver (2003)
- Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path (2004)
- My Father Is Taller than a Tree (2010)
- Rabbit’s Snow Dance (2012)
- Buffalo Song (2014)
- The Hunter’s Promise (2015)
- Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code (2018)
- Wolf Cub’s Song (2020)
- The Story of All-Star Athlete Jim Thorpe (2019)
- Songs from This Earth on Turtle’s Back (1983)
- Breaking Silence (1983)
- The Light from Another Country (1984)
- North Country (1986)
- Returning the Gift (1994)
- Aniyunwiya / Real Human Beings (1995)
- Keepers of the Earth (1998)
- How to Start and Sustain a Literary Magazine (1980)
- Survival This Way (1987)
- Keepers of Life (1994)
- Native Wisdom (1994)
- Tell Me a Tale (1997)
- Telling Tales (1997)
- Bowman’s Store (1997)
- Lasting Echoes (1997)
- Jim Thorpe, Original All-American (2006)
- A Peacemaker for Warring Nations (2021)
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Joseph Bruchac Books Overview
Trust your dreams. Both my parents said that. That’s our old way, our Mohawk way. The way of our ancestors. Trust the little voice that speaks to you. That is your speaking. But when those feelings, those dreams, those voices are so confusing, what do you do then?
‘Help,’ I whisper. ‘Help.’
I’m not sure who I’m talking to when I
say that, but I hope they’re listening.
Ever since Molly woke up one morning and discovered that her parents vanished, she has had to depend on herself to survive
— and find the reason for their disappearance.
Social Services has turned her over to the care of a great-uncle, a mysterious man Molly has never met before. Then Molly starts having dreams about the Skeleton Man from a spooky old Mohawk tale her father used to tell her…
dreams that are trying to tell her something…
dreams that might save her, if only she can understand them.
The Return of Skeleton Man
It’s not over, that voice says. Some dreams, rabbit, are like this one I just sent you. They are messages and warnings. And even though it sends a shiver down my spine, I understand what this message, this warning, means. Skeleton Man will return. Molly thought she’d put her traumatic past behind her when she escaped from Skeleton Man last year. She rescued her parents and tried to get her life back to the way it used to be. She thought her family would live happily ever after and just be normal again. She thought wrong. Skeleton Man is back for revenge& 8212but this time Molly is ready. In this long awaited sequel to the award winning Skeleton Man, Joseph Bruchac revisits his most terrifying villain yet.
Ten thousand years ago, in what would one day be known as North America, Young Hunter set out on an epic quest to overcome the Stone Giants who were terrorizing his people. Pitted against creatures of legend, Young Hunter journeyed to the innermost heart of his own humanity, even meeting the very gods of the land. He was entrusted with his tribe’s most dangerous secret, a weapon that would change mankind forever. Inspired by the classic Joseph Bruchac novel, Will Davis brings a timeless story to life, as the lore of old spawns a thrilling new kind of graphic novel. Drawing from the enduring creation myths of the Abenaki nation, Dawn Land immerses readers in Young Hunter s vision quest and offers a fresh perspective on the Native American experience.
Gluskabe and the Four Wishes
A retelling of a Native American folktale, enhanced by colorful pastel illustrations, chronicles the adventures of four Abenaki men who journey to Gluskabe, helper of the Great Spirit, to have their wishes granted.
Living with his wife Willow Girl among many human and animal friends, Young Hunter is reminded that the Only People must maintain a balance with nature in order to survive.Tour. IP.
Reclaiming the Vision
anthology, from the Returning the Gift conference
Children of the Longhouse
When Ohkwa’ri overhears a group of older boys planning a raid on a neighboring village, he immediately tells his Mohawk elders. He has done the right thing but he has also made enemies. Grabber and his friends will do anything they can to hurt him, especially during the village wide game of Tekwaarathon lacrosse. Ohkwa’ri believes in the path of peace, but can peaceful ways work against Grabber’s wrath?’An exciting story that also offers an in depth look at Native American life centuries ago’. Kirkus Reviews
Danny Bigtree’s family has moved to a new city, and Danny can’t seem to fit in. He’s homesick for the Mohawk reservation, and the kids in his class tease him about being an Indian the thing that makes Danny most proud. Can he find the courage to stand up for himself? ‘This appealing portrayal of a strong family offers an unromanticized view of Native American cultureand gives a subtle lesson in the meaning of daily courage.’ School Library Journal
Arrow Over the Door
To fourteen year old Samuel Russell, called coward for his peace loving Quaker beliefs, the summer of 1777 is a time of fear. The British and the Patriots will soon meet in battle near his home in Saratoga, New York. The Quakers are in danger from roaming Indians and raiders yet to fight back is not the Friends’ way. To Stands Straight, a young Abenaki Indian on a scouting mission for the British, all Americans are enemies, for they killed his mother and brother. But in a Quaker Meetinghouse he will come upon Americans unlike any he has ever seen. What will the encounter bring? Based on a real historical incident, this fast paced and moving story is a powerful reminder that the way of peacecan be walked by all human beings.
The Waters Between
The time is ten thousand years ago and the place is the shores of Lake Champlain, a land inhabited by Abenaki communities who hunt, gather, and follow the cycles of their unspoiled natural world in relative harmony. Joseph Bruchac, a nationally renowned storyteller and writer of Native American tales, uses this setting not just to spin a compelling adventure yarn but also to re create with grace, fullness, and clarity the cultural, social, and spiritual systems of these pre contact Native Americans. In this third novel of his trilogy about the ‘people of the dawnland,’ the lake they call Petonbowk ‘The Waters Between‘ Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks holds both sustenance and danger, and Young Hunter, the ‘young, broad shouldered man whose heart was good for all the people,’ is called upon to confront a dual menace. A ‘deepseer’ or shaman, he must use his full powers first to comprehend the threats and then to defeat them. The lake, it seems, holds a huge water snake monster that makes it impossible to reap the waters’ bountiful harvest of fish and game. And, worse, a tortured outcast, Watches Darkness, has turned against his tribe and is using his deepseer’s knowledge to perpetrate horrible acts of senseless evil: he destroys whole villages out of sheer malevolence; he literally eats his victims’ hearts to absorb their powers; he kills his own grandmother without remorse. As the tension between hunter and hunted mounts, Bruchac seamlessly weaves stories within the story, the lore that connects the people to each other and to their heritage, so that the novel becomes not just an archetypal battle of good versus evil but a vivid depiction of traditional New England Indian culture in pre Columbian times. Richly atmospheric, resonant with Native American spirituality, melodious with the rhythms of the Abenaki language, The Waters Between paints both an epic quest and a colorful portrait of ‘the lives of people living as human beings were told to live by the Talker. Never perfect, often failing, but always growing, always part of something larger than themselves, their varied heartbeats meshing together to make the one great, healthy heartbeat which was the Only People.’
The Heart of a Chief
Sixth grader Chris Nicola lives on an Indian reservation where the issue of casino gambling has divided the people and endangered the island that is Chris’s special place. When a school project on using Indian names for sports teams puts Chris in the spotlight, he finds himself taking his first steps toward leadership. But can one kid really make a difference? Joseph Bruchac is the award winning author of over fifty books for adults and children, many of which draw on the Abenaki Indian culture that is part of his heritage. He chose a fictional setting for this story, based on his writing and storytelling workshops with Native American children on reservations throughout North America.
A LogThere is a log. Quiet in the woods. Life on it, within it,all around it. But we step over iton our way elsewhere. We don’t even thinkabout being that log. We want to be bright lights. Stars. In the sky. Another sun. Or, at least, an eagle. Flying. Not at rest. Instead of that logwe try to pull ourselvessheer force of willinto the sky. We need it. Of course. That log. In memory of William Stafford
The Trail of Tears
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Recounts how the Cherokee, after fighting to keep their land in the 19th century, were forced to leave and travel 1200 miles to a new settlement in Oklahoma, a terrible journey known as The Trail of Tears.
Captured by her enemies, married to a foreigner, and a mother at age sixteen, Sacajawea lived a life of turmoil and change. Then in 1804, the mysterious young Shoshone woman known as Bird Woman met Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Acting as interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, Sacajawea bravely embarked on an epic journey that altered history forever. Hear her extraordinary story, told by Sacajawea and by William Clark, in alternating chapters and including parts of Clark’s original diaries. Authentic telling by an American Book Award winner and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Writers Circle of The Americas Includes a black and white map showing Lewis and Clark’s trail Told in the compelling voices of Sacajawea and William Clark in alternating chapters for two unique viewpoints Sacajawea will be commemorated in the year 2000 with a U.S. Treasury dollar coin bearing her likeness
Seasons of the Circle
Now available in paperback, Seasons of the Circle is a beautifully illustrated celebration of a Native American year. From Maliseet hunters following moose tracks to Cherokee people gathering berries in May, this is a hauntingly lyrical tribute by the team behind the award winning Many Nations.
The Winter People
Saxso is fourteen when the British soldiers attack his Canadian village. It is the year 1759, and war is raging between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people Saxso’s people by their side. In fact, most of the men of Saxso’s village are away looking for the British elsewhere on the day of the attack. There aren’t enough people home to put up a proper defense, and the village is destroyed. Many people are killed and some are taken hostage, including Saxso’s own mother and two younger sisters. It’s up to Saxso, on his own, to track the raiders and bring his family back home. Riveting and poignant, this novel sheds new light on history, offering the fascinating untold story of the Abenaki perspective on the French and Indian War. Joseph Bruchac is acclaimed for his novels about Native American history and culture, and he is at his very best with this tale of family and community, courage and sacrifice.
In 1607, when John Smith and his ‘Coatmen’ arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village’s inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples. Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Joseph Bruchac, winner of the American Book Award for Breaking Silence, reveals an important part of history through the eyes of two historic figures.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. As a member of the lacrosse team and of Iroquois heritage, Jake knows how sacred the game is, but when he moves to a boarding school and plays for its team, he finds that the coach is feeding untruths to his team about the game.
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.
Winner of Learning magazine’s Teacher s Choice AwardFrom a small town in Pennsylvania came a little girl who saw the magic in spring fog and heard the ocean s song in her heart. This was the girl who one day would become the groundbreaking author of Silent Spring. In this engaging biography, now updated, young readers will experience the enchantment of nature as seen through the eyes of the budding naturalist, while learning about her childhood, her accomplishments, and her passion for nature. Combining Thomas Locker s majestic artwork with Joseph Bruchac s poetic text, Rachel Carson offers an educational and inspiring account of her life. Includes excerpts from Carson s work and a timeline of major events. Joseph Bruchac, co author of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than seventy books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. He lives in upstate New York. Thomas Locker has illustrated more than thirty books, many of which he has written, including Skytree, Walking with Henry, John Muir, and Hudson: The Story of a River. His books have received many awards, including the Christopher Award, the Knickerbocker Lifetime Achievement Award, the John Burroughs Award, and The New York Times Award for best illustration.
The Dark Pond
As soon as he arrives at the North Mountains School, Armie senses something strange about The Dark Pond in the forest. An eerie presence haunts his dreams and calls to Armie, begging him to come out and play. But Armie knows this is no game. Whatever lives in The Dark Pond plays for keeps.
In the past, Armie has always turned to the tales of his Shawnee ancestors for help, and this time is no different. He does his research, and when spring break arrives Armie knows this is his chance to discover what lives deep in the still, black waters of The Dark Pond. But this time, he may need to call upon more than his wits to help him survive…
At the End of Ridge Road
A noted teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and of Native peoples everywhere, Joseph Bruchac has performed throughout the world. That gift for narrative informs this revealing autobiography. Tracing his progression from a child in the Adirondacks to self confessed ‘nature nut’ to jock to acclaimed writer, Bruchac mines his own rich history and the wisdom from his Abenaki culture to teach life lessons. At the End of Ridge Road begins with a request that readers remove their watches in order to ‘live time’ rather than be ruled by it, and from there explores, through Bruchac’s own experiences, the enduring wisdom that native cultures from Africa to America have long known. Embracing ‘the circle as a way of seeing,’ learning a new way of understanding time, being a keeper rather than a user of Earth these are some of the timeless truths in this powerful book.
Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo Code Talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years. But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen year old Navajo boy who becomes a Code Talker. His grueling journey is eye opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.
Whisper In The Dark
Every monster can be overcome if you know the right way to go about it. Maddy has always loved scary stories, especially the spooky legends of her Native American ancestors. But that was before she heard about the Whisperer in the Dark, the most frightening legend of all. Now there’s an icy voice at the other end of the phone and a chilling message left on Maddy’s door. Suddenly this ancient tale is becoming just a bit too real. Once, twice, three times he’s called out to her. Where will she be when he finally calls her name?
Acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac weaves history and suspense into a riveting account of Geronimo‘s last days.’He held up his right hand to show how his third finger was bent back from being struck by a bullet. Then he thumped his palm against his chest, his shoulder, his thigh, touching places where bullets and knives had pierced his flesh…
where scars showed how hard it was to kill Geronimo…
‘After years of standing against the U.S. government, the great warrior and spiritual leader Geronimo‘s life is coming to an end, as his grandson visits him where he is imprisoned, in Fort Sill, OK in 1908.
Wabi was born an owl a great horned owl who grew to become such a strong, confident creature that he was afraid of nothing. But now he is afraid. He fears that he might never win the heart of the girl he loves. Somehow, despite his own intentions, he has fallen in love with a girl a beautiful, headstrong human girl. And so he begins the adventure of his life. He shape shifts into human form in order to be with her. But before he can win her love, he must face an even greater challenge in a land he comes to think of as the Valley of Monsters. Exhilarating, unique, and told in an engagingly wry narrative voice, this is a fantasy that weaves together classic elements of folklore, romance, and most of all, adventure.
As a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan, Baron has always been fascinated by bears their gentle strength and untamed power. But the Bearwalker legend, passed down by his ancestors, tells of a different kind of creature a terrible mix of human and animal that looks like a bear but is really a bloodthirsty monster. The tale never seemed to be more than a scary story. Until now.
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.
March Toward the Thunder
A unique perspective on the Civil War as only Joseph Bruchac could tell it. Louis Nolette is a fifteen year old Abenaki Indian from Canada who is recruited to fight in the northern Irish Brigade in the war between the states. Even though he is too young, and not American or Irish, he finds the promise of good wages and the Union’s fight to end slavery persuasive reasons to join up. But war is never what you expect, and as Louis fights his way through battle after battle, he encounters prejudice and acceptance, courage and cowardice, and strong and weak leadership in the most unexpected places. Master storyteller and acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac tells a Civil War story based on the experiences of his own great grandfather. Chock full of historical facts and details, this carefully researched book will give readers new insight into some of the untold stories and unsung heroes of the American Civil War.
My dream from last night haunts me. I am still running, still trying to hide from something I cannot see. I know that it sees me with eyes that can pierce the darkness. I know that it hungers to take my life. Paul has always believed in the power of dreams. He knows that they are often warnings. Warnings that should be taken very seriously. Now his nightmare visions of a predatory winged creature are becoming all too real. And though Paul has always depended on the wisdom of his Abenaki ancestors’ stories to guide his footsteps, no monster tale could have prepared him for what he is about to encounter, alone, at the top of one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.
Young Prince Rashko is frustrated with his family no one does any thinking but him! The kingdom and castle seem to be in the hands of fools. So when Rashko’s parents mysteriously disappear and the evil Baron Temny parks his army outside the castle walls, it is up to the young prince to save the day. But there is more to this castle and its history than meets the eye, and Rashko will have to embrace his ancestry, harness a dragon, and use his sword fighting skills to stop the baron and save the kingdom. Along the way, he realizes that his family is not quite as stupid as he always thought. Master storyteller Joseph Bruchac, known for his smart, gripping Native American books, here combines his signature action and adventure with a large dose of humor, which just brings this story to a whole new level.
stories of heroes & hero*ines, monsters & magic
Wind Eagle and Other Abenaki Stories
Fiction. Native American Studies. This is a compilation of Native American stories from the Abenaki tribe retold by Joseph Bruchac. In this book he captures the mysticism and adventure that these previous oral stories had. The illustrations by Kahionhes brilliantly depict some scenes in the stories and add to the experience of reading the book. Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York in the same house he was raised by his grandparents. Much of his writing draws on that region of his Abenki ancestry. Kahionhes, or John Fadden, is an artist, art teacher, and the illustrator of more than twenty books dealing with Native Americans. He lives with his wife, Eva Thompson Fadden, and their three sons in the Adirondacks.
Return of the Sun
his 4th collection of Native folk tales
The Boy Who Lived with the Bears
The Parabola Storytime series is a collection of stories and myths by the leading storytellers of Native American tribes. Originally produced by Parabola magazine in audio format, many of these stories appear here in written form for the first time, with the permission of tribal elders, and are enhanced by artwork authentic to the tradition. These stories evoke the beauty, wisdom, and living spirit of surviving oral traditions. In these six Iroquois tales, animals showcase the best of human emotions and spirit. Buzzard flies to the Creator to bring back clothes for all the birds. Tiny Chipmunk takes on massive and powerful Bear in a challenge to determine whether or not the sun will keep rising. In the title story, a young boy has lost his human family and finds love in the home of the Bears. Wise and foolish, cowardly and brave, animals teach humans how to live better lives, while providing entertainment as well.
Native American Stories
Native American Stories is a collection of myths drawn from the native cultures of North America from the Inuit in the north to the Zuni, Hopi and Cherokee in the south. A common thread throughout these stories is the native view of the world as family Earth as our Mother, Sun as our Father and the animals as our brother and sisters. The stories foster an ethic of stewardship by clearly showing that we are entrusted with a very special misson to maintain the natural balance, to take care of our Mother, to be Keepers of the Earth. Each story is beautifully illustrated by Mohawk artist John Kaionhes Fadden. The stories in this collection, which come from Keepers of the Earth a book that unites western scientific methods and Native AMerican traditional stories can be called ‘lesson stories.’ All come from native oral traditions. They have been chosen because the lessons they teach are relatively easy for nonnative people to understand. Some of these stories have more than one lesson to teach. As Joseph Campbell explains in The Power of Myth, the same stories mean different things to us at different times in our lives, and as we grow, those stories grow with us. The story of Gluscabi and the game animals is one such story. While using this story in workshops, my coauthor Michael Caduto and I have asked people ho many lessons are taught by this one tale. No group ever comes up with fewer than a dozen. Joseph Bruchac, from the introduction
Keepers of the Animals
A rich collection of uplifting Native American stories and creative nature activities that will inspire children to love and respect animals. Keepers of the Animals will help children to understand their interdependence with all living beings and life forms.
Native American Animal Stories
Bruchac, coauthor of Keepers of the Animals, presents a collection of 24 Native American myths, taken from the stories of the Mohawk, Hopi, Yaqui, Haida, and others cultures, which demonstrate the power of animals in Native American tradition. Illustrations throughout.
Flying With the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear
In this continent spanning collection of Native American coming of age tales, young men face great enemies, find the strength and endurance within themselves to succeed, and take their hard earned place by the side of their elders.
Joseph Bruchac is the award winning author of more than 120 books for children and adults.
Native American Sweat Lodge
Explains the function of the sweat lodge in Native American culture, shows sweat lodges built by a variety of tribes, and recounts legends associated with the lodges.
The Girl Who Married the Moon
This collection of traditional stories explores the significance of a young girl’s rite of passage into womanhood. Each of these stories originated in the oral tradition and have been carefully researched. Joseph Bruchac, author of the best selling Keeper’s of the Earth series, and noted storyteller, has been entrusted with stories from elders of other native nations which ensures that the stories collected in The Girl Who Married the Moon are authentic.
Award winning storyteller Joseph Bruchac writes about the Native American stories that celebrate the ancient relationships between youngsters and dogs.
Native Plant Stories
Illustrated Native American myths, taken from the best selling book Keepers of Life and told by an Abenaki storyteller, are drawn from the legends of eighteen different tribes, and promote respect for nature. IP.
Native American Games and Stories
Native American Games and Stories Now you can learn to play authentic Native American games! An important credo of Native American life states that you can learn while you play and play while you learn. Readers will be able to pore over intriguing stories, immerse themselves in Native American understandings, and get to play these funfilled games as they learn how global thought and beliefs can transcend into their own lives. Sample themes, stories, and games: Ball Games & Team Sports; the Ball Players in the Sky Passamaquoddy; Stickball Bowl Games & Other Games of Chance; Gluskabe Brings the Summer Abenaki
Roots of Survival
Roots of Survival uses the lens of traditional Native American stories and environmental teachings to focus on the relationship of Native traditions to contemporary life. In four parts, each anchored by a Native American story, the author examines the sources of human, ecological and spiritual survival through Native traditions and then considers the paths we can follow to survive.
When the Chenoo Howls
Twelve scary stories from the northeast woodland Native Americans. New in paperback.
Pushing Up the Sky
From acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. Filled with heroes and tricksters, comedy and drama, these entertaining plays are a wonderful way to bring Native cultures to life for young people. Each play has multiple parts that can be adjusted to suit the size of a particular group and includes simple, informative suggestions for props, scenery, and costumes that children can help to create. Introductory notes and beautiful, detailed illustrations, by Teresa Flavin, add to young readers’ understanding of the seven Native nations whose traditions have inspired the plays.
Our Stories Remember
Within the pages of this introduction to American Indian history, culture, and values, readers will gain insight into the totality of Native American experience and culture. Each chapter in the book explores a particular shared cultural value or world view through both traditional stories and Bruchac’s commentary. A diverse range of Native groups is included Tlingit, Navajo, Cree, Abenaki, Yupik, Seminole, Sioux, Cherokee, and many mor
Foot of the Mountain
From one of our country’s most prolific and renowned Indian authors comes a pleasingly diverse gathering of myths and legends, essays, short stories and journal entries. Drawing upon his Abenaki heritage, Joseph Bruchac’s prose works are at once humorous, instructive, and revealing in their explorations of our relationship to nature, cultural and family traditions, and the responsibility we share for this earth and its inhabitants. These engaging writings have much to show and teach us. Joseph Bruchac’s many books include Keepers of the Earth, Dawn Land, and Roots of Survival. He and his family operate the Greenfield Review Press from their home in Greenfield Center, New York. box Also Available by Joseph Bruchac No Borders, Poems TP $12. 95, 0 930100 84 0 CUSA Turtle Meat and Other Stories TP $12. 95, 0 930100 49 2 CUSA
The Earth Under Sky Bear’s Feet
Native American elders will tell you there is as much to see in the night as in the familiar light of day, and here Abenaki storyteller and American Book Award recipient Joseph Bruchac offers twelve unforgettable stories of the living earth seen from the sky. ‘Sky Bear also known as the Big Dipper circles the Earth each night, and these 12 poems tell of what she sees and hears…
.A thoughtful collection that eloquently bears out the theme of unity of all creatures.’ School Library Journal ‘From the Mohawk and Missisquoi peoples of the Northeastern United States to the Pima, Cochiti Pueblo, and Navajo people of the Southwest to the Subarctic Inuit, these pieces reflect an awe and appreciation of the natural world. Locker’s deeply hued paintings burst with the beauty of night.’ The Horn Book ‘Engrossing.’ Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen Moons On Turtle’s Back
s on Turtle’s shell stand for the 13 cycles of the moon, each with its own name and a story that relates to the changing seasons. Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London collaborate to reveal the beauty of the natural world around us, while Thomas Locker’s illustrations honor both Native American legends and the varied American landscape. Full color.
The Great Ball Game
With characteristic action and wit, renowned Native American storyteller Bruchac retells the amusing and rousing folktale of an epic ball game between the Birds and the Animals, which offers the explanation as to why birds fly south every winter. Roth’s brilliant collage art enhances the story. Full color.
A Boy Called Slow
Anxious to be given a name as strong and brave as that of his father, a proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood, acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, which eventually earned him his proud new name Sitting Bull .
The Maple Thanksgiving
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From Anishinabe artists making birch bark bowls to Zuni elders saying prayers for the day that is done, the diversity of Native American cultures is simply presented in this unique alphabet book. Striking full color paintings depict Native Americans living in harmony with their environment.
The First Strawberries
From an award winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be. Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife’s retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement the simple, lyrical text. Complete harmony of text and pictures: altogether lovely. Kirkus Reviews, pointer review Joseph Bruchac is an award winning storyteller whose books for children include Eagle Song, Children of the Longhouse, and Arrow to the Sun all Dial. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. Anna Vojtech lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Between Earth and Sky
With grace and drama, Abenaki poet and author Joseph Bruchac retells traditional native legends of ten of America’s most awe inspiring natural landscapes. These wise stories, together with Thomas Locker s luminous paintings, evoke the essential spiritual power of the earth. A full color map charting the homelands of nearly two hundred North American tribes is included. An excellent choice that will provoke both introspection and discussion. The Horn Book
Crazy Horse’s Vision
Joseph Bruchac tells the compelling story of how a young boy named Curly seeks a vision in the hope of saving his people and grows into the brave and fierce warrior Crazy Horse. Sioux artist S. D. Nelson’s paintings, in the traditional ledger style of the Plains Indians, evokes the drama and the tragedy of this important American figure.
In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket people, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive in the rugged land they called Plymouth. He showed them how to plant corn, beans, and squash, and how to hunt and fish. And when a good harvest was gathered in the fall, the two peoples feasted together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. Almost four hundred years later, the tradition continues…
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
The Bruchacs, famous for their Native American folklore retellings, have joined forces with the best selling illustration team of Aruego and Dewey to create a buoyant picture book teeming with surprises, glowing colors, and big, boastful fun!When you tease someone, you might just end up with more than you bargained for! Brown Squirrel is very small, but that doesn’t keep him from saying what’s on his mind. When Big Bear brags that he can do anything, Squirrel challenges him to keep the sun from rising the next morning. The sun comes up, of course, and Squirrel can’t resist the mean urge to tease. But soon Big Bear teaches him a hard lesson: The new claw marks down Brown Squirrel’s back will be a permanent reminder of his bad behavior! And henceforth, Brown Squirrel will be known as Chipmunk, ‘the striped one.’
Navajo Long Walk
Abenaki Joseph Bruchac and Navajo Shonto Begay combine their talents to tell the tragic story of how, in the 1860s, U.S. soldiers forced thousands of Navajos to march to a desolate reservation 400 miles from their homeland in an effort to civilize them. Hundreds died along the way; those who survived found unspeakable living conditions at their destination. When word of the Indians’s plight finally gained public attention, President Andrew Johnson sent a Peace Commission to investigate. The resulting treaty allowed the Navajos to return to their homeland, and ho zho harmony was restored. The Navajos prospered and have lived in peace with the U.S. government ever since while preserving their own proud culture.
Turtle’s Race with Beaver
Turtle wakes up from hibernation to find that her pond has been taken over by a beaver a selfish beaver who rejects Turtle’s offer to share and instead challenges her to a swimming race. The prize? Ownership of the pond and the loser must leave forever! How can poor little Turtle possibly outswim Beaver with his long flat tail? With brains and cunning, of course. Here is a bright, rambunctious follow up to the popular How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, which School Library Journal called, in a starred review, a ‘polished, cohesive, and energetic story that begs to be told.’ The authors and illustrators once again bring a fresh, lively perspective to a traditional story this one a Seneca folktale that has much in common with Aesop.
My Father Is Taller than a Tree
My Father Is Taller than a Tree, but sometimes he looks up at me. Mi pap likes to hear me sing. He’s very good at listening. Pop doesn’t need to buy me stuff. Just being with him is enough. Meet thirteen unique father and son pairs who come from diverse backgrounds and live in different places. Even though they are not all the same, their relationships show us an important truth: Even the simplest and most familiar activities become special when dads and kids do them together.
Hetcha hey Hetcha ho Hetcha hey yeh ho Walking Coyote gently lifted the frightened buffalo calf and sang softly. Lone survivor of a herd slaughtered by white hunters, the calf was one of several buffalo orphans Walking Coyote adopted and later raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.
For thousands of years massive herds of buffalo roamed across much of North America, but by the 1870s fewer than fifteen hundred animals remained. Hunted to the brink of extinction, the buffalo were in danger of vanishing. With reverent care, Walking Coyote and his family endeavored to bring back the buffalo herds, one magnificent creature at a time.
Here is the inspiring story of the first efforts to save the buffalo, an animal sacred to Native Americans and a powerful symbol of the American West. From the foresight and dedication of a few individuals such as Walking Coyote came the eventual survival of these majestic animals, one of the great success stories of endangered species rescue in United States history.
Songs from This Earth on Turtle’s Back
Poetry. Native American Studies. This anthology of poetry includes fifty two poets from more than thirty five different Native American nations. Some of the poets include Elizabeth Woody, Joy Harjo, Adrian C. Louis, Barney Bush, Jim Barnes, and Peter Blue Cloud. Each poet is introduced with a biographical paragraph followed by a selection of their poetry. The publication Booklist says this book is ‘recommended for large high school libraries as a generous collection of poems by present day American Indian writers.’ Library Journal found it ‘essential for subject collection in academic and larger public libraries.’
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Returning the Gift
An unprecedented gathering of more than 300 Native writers was held in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1992. The Returning the Gift Festival brought more Native writers together in one place than at any other time in history. ‘Returning the Gift,’ observes co organizer Joseph Bruchac, ‘both demonstrated and validated our literature and our devotion to it, not just to the public, but to ourselves.’ In compiling this volume, Bruchac invited every writer who attended the festival to submit new, unpublished work; he then selected the best of the more than 200 submissions to create a collection that includes established writers like Duane Niatum, Simon Ortiz, Lance Henson, Elizabeth Woody, Linda Hogan, and Jeanette Armstrong, and also introduces such lesser known or new voices as Tracy Bonneau, Jeanetta Calhoun, Kim Blaeser, and Chris Fleet. The anthology includes works from every corner of the continent, representing a wide range of tribal affiliations, languages, and cultures. By taking their peoples’ literature back to them in the form of stories and songs, these writers see themselves as Returning the Gift of storytelling, culture, and continuance to the source from which it came. In addition to contributions by 92 writers are two introductory chapters: Joseph Bruchac comments on the current state of Native literature and the significance of the festival, and Geary Hobson traces the evolution of the event itself.
Aniyunwiya / Real Human Beings
Fiction. ‘Few Native peoples have had more written about them and in the long run, been less understood than the people most Americans call ‘Cherokee.’ Their own name for themselves, however , is Ani yun wiya, ‘real human beings,’ and it is as human beings, not noble savages, regally distant ancestors or pathetic figures on that Trail of Tears which shamed America, that contemporary Cherokee people continue to see themselves. In this collection, 23 contemporary writers, all of whom claim Cherokee ancestry as a defining point in their artistic vision, speak their own words. Some, like Cherokee chief Wilma Mankiller, have chosen to tell the stories of their lives; some, like Robert Conley, have mastered the genre of historical fiction. Others craft stories taking place within the world o f America in the 20th century, while still others , such as newcomer Eddie Webb, retell the ancient tales which have always given their people not only delight, but also a moral framework for their lives. The variety and complexity of their voices are, though they stem from one particular Native people only one out of the more than 300 still surviving Native nations within the borders of the United States emblematic of the vitality and the range of experiences which characterize contemporary American Indian lives’ from the introduction by Joseph Bruchac.
Keepers of the Earth
Abenaki poet and novelist Joseph Bruchac has collected 25 tales from various native American traditions. These stories instill a caring respect for the environment, a wonder at the forces of the earth, and a love for the creatures that fly, walk and swim about us. The tribal source of each tale is noted.
Keepers of Life
The first paperback edition of Keepers of Life from the incredibly popular Keepers series. These bestselling books have been long time favourites with educators for their innovative approach to teaching children about Native cultures and the environment. Each book, co authored by Joseph Bruchac and Michael J. Caduto, combines Native legends with information and activities about the natural world. Books in the Keepers series are recommended by educational journals across North America for children aged 5 to 12.
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Tell Me a Tale
Young readers can learn about the importance of storytelling and the meanings that stories have carried throughout time in an exciting collection of tales from around the world, accompanied by more than thirty activities for beginning storytellers.
In this book, a consummate storyteller unfolds his most personal and poignant story: his own. Bowman’s Store traces the journey of writer Joseph Sonny Bruchac from a childhood filled with an abundance of both love and secrecy, to the dawning of his career as one of the best known authors and storytellers of Native American history and lore. Compelling, lyrical, and deeply moving, Bruchac s memoir tells how he came to fully understand, and eventually claim, his Abenaki heritage, despite his grandparents unspoken pact never to discuss Grandpa s Indian blood. Through experiences both painful and hilarious, Sonny finds himself drawn to all things Indian long before he learns of his grandfather s hidden Abenaki roots. Bowman s Store beautifully weaves themes from Bruchac s intimate knowledge of Native American cultures with vivid autobiographical scenes to create a touching story about self discovery.
Using the compelling testimony of more that one hundred Native Americans, American Book Award Winner Joseph Bruchac tell the histories of seven generations of Native American people. From Lakota to Apache to Abenaki, from Geronimo to Sitting Bull to lesser known voices, Lasting Echoes is the moving story of the American Indian peoples as seen through their own eyes. Starting with the arrival of the Europeans and moving forward to the present, this is the epic tale of men and women who never forgot their connection to the land, or that their own lives and the lives of their people were one. With sensitivity and grace, Abenaki poet and author Bruchac creates an important and compelling portrait of a proud and determined people.
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American
Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football, Major League Baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track & field. But his life wasn t an easy one. Born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in 1887, he encountered much family tragedy, and was sent as a young boy to various Indian boarding schools strict, cold institutions that didn t allow their students to hold on to their Native American languages and traditions. Jim ran away from school many times, until he found his calling at Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian School. There, the now legendary coach Pop Warner recognized Jim s athletic excellence and welcomed him onto the football and track teams. Focusing on Jim Thorpe s years at Carlisle, this book brings his early athletic career and especially his college football days to life, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the twentieth century. This is a book for history buffs as well as sports fans an illuminating and lively read about a truly great American.