The Arrow Over the Door is a chapter book by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. In this historical novel, the author has taken historical facts from 1777 and woven an anti-war story that promotes the ideals of peace. Told from the alternating perspectives of an Abenaki youth and a Quaker youth, the story takes place in New York State during a summer encounter between the pacifist Quakers and an Abenaki scouting party. First the reader is introduced to fourteen-year-old Samuel, a Quaker teenager whose pacifist beliefs are being tested during a summer of discontent in America.
Children of the Longhouse is an excellent historical fiction novel by noted Abenaki author, Joseph Bruchac. Set during the 1490s in Mohawk Nation Territory, Bruchac weaves a story about 11-year-old twins who are brother and sister. Ohkwa'ri and his sister, Otsi:stia, must deal with everyday life in their Mohawk village as well as overcoming the bullying behavior of an older youth and his clique who plan a raid against an Abenaki village. The boy must come to terms with the bully and his plans that could lead to a disastrous raid.
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.
Eagle Song is a Puffin chapter book by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. In this novel, the author draws on the cultural heritage of contemporary Iroquois, namely the Mohawk of Akwesasne. Set in Brooklyn, the story revolves around the dismay that Danny Bigtree faces on a daily basis as he adapts to urban living far from his reservation home. Dad is an ironworker and mom is a social worker and their jobs in New York account for the family's move. Danny is a fourth-grader at the school where racial taunts face him each school day.
UNAVAILABLE This title is currently unavailable from the publisher. How Chipmunk Got His Stripes: A Tale of Bragging and Teasing by Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac retells a traditional Woodland legend about boasting and teasing. The father and son team has heard this story from Mohawk, Abenaki, Seneca, and Cherokee storytellers and sources. Over the years their storytelling to audiences of school children has resulted in this humourous retelling. Long ago, Bear was proud and boastful and believed he was more powerful than the sun.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher When the Chenoo Howls: Native American Tales of Terror is a collection of twelve scary stories from the Northeast by children's storytellers James and Joseph Bruchac. This Abenaki father-son team has crafted a fine collection of read-aloud stories that combine entertainment with a moral or teaching. The authors note that each story is taken from a specific Nation in the Northeast culture area. Sources for all the stories are provided.
Native American Games and Stories by James and Joseph Bruchac offer elementary teachers and students an opportunity to appreciate and learn to respect First Nations traditional games and activities. The pair introduces the idea of sport and games as they relate to First Nations in the introductory chapter. The authors explain everyone is part of the team in Native American sports and these sports offer opportunities to create awareness, develop skills, and experience luck.
Roots of Survival: Native American Storytelling and the Sacred by Abenaki master storyteller and writer Joseph Bruchac delivers a powerful message that examines the role of the traditional Aboriginal storyteller and traditional narratives and stories. Their relevance to modern Native American and First Nations people is expertly woven through essay, traditional legends, poems, and personal experience. Bruchac views traditional legends as a means for Aboriginal People to connect to their past and their spiritual present.