Joe Bruchac Event

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Gedakina sponsored 3 days of storytelling with Joe and Jesse Bruchac.  A community evening event in collaboration with the Springfield Town Library and Brattleboro High School.

Joe Bruchac lives int he Adirondack mountain foothills and much of his writing draws on that land and his Native American ancestry.  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. Forthcoming titles include Squanto’s Journey (Harcourt), a picture book, Sacajawea (Harcourt), an historical novel, Crazy Horse’s Vision (Lee & Low), a picture book, and Pushing Up The Sky (Dial), a collection of plays for children. 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. (Image and information from

He was  joined by his son Jesse Bruchac who is a traditional storyteller, musician, and Abenaki language instructor. He works as co-director of his family run education center Ndakinna, where he teaches Native American Life Ways, Martial Arts, and the Abenaki language. He has produced several albums of Abenaki music. These include collections of traditional songs using drum and rattle, and Native American flute music. He has opened for such notable acts as The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and at Woodstock ’94.

In total there were 1,645 students and adults in attendance!  Children participating included grades K through 8 from Vernon, Putney, Guilford, Brattleboro, Dummerston, Putney, and Marlboro.