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Joseph Bruchac
Born 1942
Ethnicity Abenaki, English, and Slovak
Alma mater Cornell University
Spouse(s) Carol

Joseph Bruchac (born 1942) is a writer of books relating to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a particular focus on northeastern Native American and Anglo-American lives and folklore. He has published works of poetry, novels, and short stories. He is from Saratoga Springs, New York, and is of Abenaki, English, and Slovak ethnicity. Among his works are the novel Dawn Land (1993) and its sequel, Long River (1995), which are about a young Abenaki man in pre-European contact times.

With more than 120 books and numerous awards to his credit, Joseph Bruchac is best known for his work as a Native writer and storyteller. Bruchac is also known for his generous efforts in encouraging other Native writers and performing artists. As one of the founders of the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, he has helped numerous Native authors get their work published. He began publishing in 1971 and has collaborated on eight books with his son Jim.

Bruchac was a varsity heavyweight wrestler at Cornell University and is a former high school and junior high wrestling For more than three decades, he has also been a devoted student of the martial arts. He holds the ranks of pengawal and pendekar in Pencak Silat, the martial art of Indonesia, and has studied various forms of Tai Chi, capoeira, kung fu wu su, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with numerous teachers. He does not regard himself as a master. His two sons, Jim and Jesse, are also martial arts teachers. Jim is a sensei and fourth degree black belt in karate, and Jesse is co-owner of a mixed martial arts academy. (see

Bruchac lives in Greenfield Center, New York, with Carol, his wife of 42 years and his partner in running the Greenfield Review Press, Bowman Books, and the Native American Authors Catalogue. Mr. Bruchac is also a well-loved performer, known for outstanding ability in storytelling, and for the playing of Native instruments, including the hand drum, wooden flute, and the double wooden flute, which produces 2 notes at the same time. He performs with his sister, Marge Bruchac, and his sons, Jim and Jesse, as part of The Dawnland Singers.

His most recent novel, March Toward the Thunder, features Native men who enlisted in the American Civil War; it is based on the experiences of his great-grandfather, Louis Bowman. Joseph Bruchac has also written Code talker: A book about the Navajo Marines[1]. Code talkers were used in World War II.

Short Author Biography: Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed Abenaki children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael J. Caduto of the best-selling Keepers of the Earth series[2], Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from Akwesasne Notes and The American Poetry Review to National Geographic Magazine and Parabola.


  1. ^ Bruchac, Joseph (2006). Code Talker. New York: Speak. ISBN 0142405965. 
  2. ^ "Google Books search for "Keepers of the Earth"". Google Books. Retrieved 21 November 2009. 


  • Bruchac, Joseph (1979). The Good Message of Handsome Lake. Unicorn keepsake series. 9. Woodblock illustration by Rita Corbin. Greensboro, N. C.: Unicorn Press. ISBN 9780877751137. OCLC 5135306. 
  • Bruchac, Joseph. Lasting Echoes. An Oral History of Native American People. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1997.
  • Bruchac, Joseph. "Code Talker". is about the journey of Ned Begay, a Navajo mans voyage during WWII. First published in USA, Dial Books 2005

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