The Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story is retold by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac in this children's picture book. Bruchac explains that many American Indian Nations had ball games of some kind and two warring groups would often settle a dispute by playing lacrosse or a similar game rather than going to war. This story tells how long ago the birds (those with wings) and the animals (those with teeth) played a stick ball game to settle which group was better. As the two groups chose sides, one creature was left out. This was the little bat who had both wings and teeth.
The Faithful Hunter: Abenaki Stories is a collection of twelve Wabanaki traditional stories based on the theme of relationships and relations retold for children by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. The stories include Gluskabe and Skunk; Gluskabe makes the people; Gluskabe changes the animals; Gluskabe and the maple trees; Gluskabe and Dzidziz; Gluskabe's Uncle Turtle and the birds; Gluskabe and the four wishes; Azaban the raccoon; Pmola and the hunter; The faithful hunter; The Deer wife; and How Indian Summer came to be.
Raven Tells Stories: An Anthology of Alaskan Native Writing is a collection of poetry, essays, plays, and short stories by 23 Indigenous Alaskan writers This anthology of Indigenous writers from Alaska helps map the rich and unique identity of the Alaskan people. Included in the book are biographies of the selected writers and bibliographies of their books. The authors include Diane E. Benson, Fred Bigjim, Robert H. Davis, Mary Lockwood, Yvone Mozee, Glen Simson, and Mary TallMountain.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher. Hidden Roots is a recent historical novel by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. The story is set in small town New York State in the fall of 1954. Eleven-year-old Harold "Sonny" Camp deals with his problems in grade six by keeping his head down and avoiding attention. His family life is troubled due to the sudden rages from his mill worker father. These family violence issues are set against a backdrop of family secrets. Sonny loves his parents, especially his long-suffering mother and his Uncle Louis.
New Voices From the Longhouse: An Anthology of Contemporary Iroquois Writing contains the poetry, short stories, essays by 30 Six Nations Iroquois writers. Published in 1989 by Joseph Bruchac's Greenfield Review, this collection stands the test of time and remains important and relevant. It is a remarkable collection of writing by various Six Nations Iroquois men and women, who live on reserves in Canadian and US reservations as well as Canadian and American cities. They express their deep love and respect for Iroquois traditional culture and history and comment on the contemporary world.
Sacajawea: The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition is an engaging historical novel about the famous Shoshone teen who, at age sixteen, is asked to join Lewis and Clark in their expedition to explore the land from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean. As a translator, peacemaker, caretaker, and guide, this remarkable person makes this endeavour possible. Lexile Level: 840; Guided Reading Level: Y; DRA Level: 60