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Bruchac featured storyteller at annual Dawnlands Storyfest

Published: 2/2/2017 12:09:49 PM

Author of more than 120 books for children and adults, Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions for over 30 years. Recipient of numerous awards, Bruchac is perhaps best known for his bestselling “Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children” and other titles in the “Keepers” series, which integrate science and folklore in highly entertaining and interactive formats that make them ideal for classrooms and family libraries alike.

This Saturday, Feb. 4, Joseph Bruchac will be the featured storyteller at the annual Dawnlands Storyfest at the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center in Peterborough. He will be joined by his son Jesse Bruchac, a leading figure in indigenous efforts to preserve the Abenaki language and culture.

The Mariposa Museum is located at 26 Main Street in Peterborough, NH. It is wheelchair accessible.

Admission is free to the Dawnlands Storyfest, which is hosted by the Mariposa and co-presented by the NH Storytelling Alliance and Peterborough’s business community. The event runs from noon to 8 p.m.

The Bruchacs will be joined at Saturday’s event by other local tellers of indigenous tales, including Medicine Story (Manitonquat), Sebastian Lockwood, Kim Hart, and HearsCrow. Simon Brooks and Chris Ekblom will emcee. In storytelling tradition, visitors will also have the chance to share their own tales at three open mics.

Joseph Bruchac’ featured concerts will be at 1 and 7 p.m.

Guest tellings by Medicine Story, Kim Hart, Sebastian Lockwood, and HearsCrow will be at 3 p.m. Open tellings (featuring guest tellers and visitors) will be at 2, 4, 6 p.m.

This year’s Storyfest coincides with the Mariposa’s exhibit, “Art of Indigenous Resistance,” which showcases art work by 20 Native American artists used in 30 years of environmental and human rights activism by the indigenous nonprofit organization, Honor the Earth. The exhibit runs through Feb. 26th and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 to 5 p.m.

As an additional part of this series, Mariposa will also host a Standing Rock Story Circle event on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., at which local residents who have traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to stand with water protectors opposed to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, can share their experiences. That event, too, is free. The headliner for Saturday’s event, Joseph Bruchac, lives in the Adirondack town of Greenfield Center, New York, and much of his writing draws on that land and his Native American ancestry. Bruchac is also of Slovak and British heritage but feels closets to his Native American roots. He holds a BA 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. His work as an educator includes eight years of directing a Skidmore College program inside a maximum security prison. He has edited a number of highly praised anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction, including “Songs from this Earth on Turtle’s Back” and “Breaking Silence.” which won an American Book Award. His poems have appeared in more than 500 publications, from American Poetry Review, Cricket, and Aboriginal Voices to National Geographic, Parabola, and Smithsonian.

Other honors include a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, and Writer of the Year Award and 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, to name just a few.

For more information, please contact Karla Hostetler, Director of Mariposa, 603-924-4555.


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