By Diane Chase
The first and only time we have seen author Joseph Bruchac and his musician son Jesse perform was at the Old Forge Adirondack Storytelling Festival at the McCauley Mountain Chalet. It was a riveting mix of music and Native American storytelling.
My children have checked out plenty of Bruchac books from the school library and a few more line our shelves at home. Joseph (Joe) Bruchac has written over 70 books for children and adults as well as poetry, short stories, music and anthologies. The theme throughout is his strong tie to his Abenaki culture.
August 13, Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. the Bruchac family will be at the Paul Smith’s VIC to tell tales of the Abenaki heritage and share Native American music and instruments throughout the engaging program. The bonus is that the program is completely free. Yes, indeed. Free.
This is a rare gift as Bruchac is in high demand and has performed across the United States and Europe helping to preserve Native American customs.
I look forward to learning more about the Abenaki culture and to expose my children to the Bruchac’s creativity while of course, watching picture books come to life.
No matter our age, we are still enthralled with the magic of stories. The opportunity to meet the author is a bonus.
Joe and Jesse Bruchac are being brought to the Paul Smith’s VIC as part of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Native American Writers Series. The next featured writer is Robin Kimmerer who will perform at ECHO in Burlington August 27th. All performances are free and open to the public.
© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake) and High Peaks: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities with GPS Coordinates available online or bookstores/museums July 2011. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.