Williams College to Present Abenaki Storytellers

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., December 16, 2014—Abenaki storytellers, poets, and writers Joseph and Jesse Bruchac will give a storytelling presentation at Williams College on Friday, January 9. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Hall’s Great Room. The presentation is free and open to the public and is appropriate for students, adults, and children ages 10 and up.

Joseph Bruchac holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in literature and creative writing from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. He spent eight years directing a college program at a maximum-security prison through Skidmore College. Bruchac is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. His “Keepers” series, including the best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, has received acclaim for its integration of science and folklore. His books are used in classrooms throughout the country. He and his wife founded both the Greenfield Review Literary Center and Greenfield Review Press. His honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children’s Literature, and both the 1998 Writer of the Year Award and the 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Bruchac’s writing draws heavily from his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions. He is a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands. Bruchac has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and has been featured at several storytelling festivals. He also visits schools and leads storytelling programs while discussing Native cultures.

Jesse Bruchac, Joseph’s son, is a graduate of Goddard College, where his thesis involved creating a syllabus to teach the Abenaki language. Along with language, he works to preserve music and traditional culture. Jesse Bruchac is the founder of the Dawnland Singers and has performed American Indian music at festivals throughout the U.S., Europe, and Canada, including as the opening act for the Grateful Dead at Woodstock 2. A web designer, he maintains a website to promote the preservation of Abenaki culture.

This event is sponsored by the Gaudino Fund under its theme, “At What Cost.” and is part of the Book Unbound, a yearlong initiative centered on the theme of books, libraries, and information, in conjunction with the opening of Sawyer Library.


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