Code Talker: A Novel About The Navajo Marines of World War Two is an historical novel about a Navajo man who endured boarding school (residential school) to become a United States Marine during World War 2. Renowned Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac weaves a quiet but engaging story where the Code Talker tells his grandchildren about the history of his wartime medal. The story begins as the narrator tells about his childhood on the Navajo Reservation.
UNAVAILABLE This title is currently unavailable from the publisher. Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons explains the way Native People of North America keep track of the changing seasons. The changing seasons differ in each region of the continent but the pattern of thirteen moons has similar traits among many Nations. In this Joseph Bruchac book, an Abenaki grandfather shows his grandson how to keep track of the changing moons. He uses the scales on the back of the turtle. In counting the scales the boy learns that the number counted equals thirteen.
Navajo Long Walk: The Tragic Story of a Proud People's Forced March from their Homeland by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac retells the story of the forced march of thousands of Navajos from their homelands to Bosque Redondo in January, 1864. The book begins with the Navajo creation story and explains the Navajo call themselves the Dine. Combined with artist Shonto Begay's illustrations, the book serves as a valuable addition to the literature about the tragedy and triumph of the Navajo people during this sad time in American history.
Raccoon's Last Race: A Traditional Abenaki Story is an Abenaki trickster story retold for young children by father and son storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac. In this story Raccoon was once a fast runner and he enjoyed challenging other animals to races. But he was not a good winner and he made fun of the other animals he defeated. They no longer wanted anything to do with Raccoon. So one day Raccoon sees a giant rock atop a hill and challenges the rock to a race. Much to Raccoon's surprise the grandfather rock tells Raccoon that he does not travel.
The Warriors is an excellent novel by Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac focused on the true meaning of Haudenosaunee lacrosse. In this contemporary story, Jake Forrest, a 12-year-old Haudenosaunee boy, tries to balance his traditional heritage in an urban setting. The story begins with Jake playing his favourite sport, lacrosse, in his home reservation community. Jake enjoys this team sport and has learned to appreciate the cultural teachings about lacrosse provided by his elders. Jake knows that the spiritual connection to the game is as important today as it was in the past.
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path is a recommended children's picture book about the life of an amazing athlete who was recognized Athlete of the Century by the American government in 1999. Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), Sac and Fox, was born in Oklahoma and excelled at sports. He attended Carlisle Indian School (residential/boarding school) where he played a variety of sports including football. Later in life he went to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden where he won both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Native Plant Stories Told by Joseph Bruchac from Keepers of Life contains 18 traditional Native American stories retold by Joseph Bruchac. The stories come from Tuscarora, Huron, Seneca, Wampanoag, Cheyenne, Passamaquoddy, Cherokee, Salish, Penobscot, Mandan, Isleta Pueblo, Inuit, O'odham, Snoqualmie, Maya, Ojibway, and Osage Nations. They are arranged around the themes of creation, thanksgiving, flowers and fruits, survival, and healing our relations. Joseph Bruchac is a well-known Abenaki storyteller and writer.
The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet: Native American Poems of the Land by Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac retells ten verses about the star constellation known as the Great Bear or Big Dipper. Set long ago in a Mohawk village, the first page introduces readers to a grandchild and her grandmother working outside the family's longhouse at dusk. The little girl wants to go inside to the safety of the longhouse but grandmother tells the girl that if they wait a bit longer they will see the Sky Bear or Celestial Bear in the night sky. Bruchac weaves 10 different tribal songs into poetic verse.
Seven plays adapted from traditional legends suitable for classroom adaptations for grades three to six. Includes background information, ideas for props, scenery, stage directions and costumes. Performance and photocopying rights are granted for school and home performances. Plays include Gluskabe and Old Man Winter (Abenaki), Star Sisters (Ojibway), Possum's Tail (Cherokee), Wihio's Duck Dance (Cheyenne), Pushing Up the Sky (Snohomish), The Cannibal Monster (Tlingit), and The Strongest One (Zuni). Full colour illustrations add helpful detail.