Joseph and Jesse Bruchac at Mariposa Museum’s Annual Dawnlands Storyfest


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.

Read the full account at The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

Second Annual Dawnlands StoryFest at Mariposa

john bear mitchell penobscot storyteller

The Second Annual Dawnlands StoryFest will be held at the Mariposa Museum (Peterborough, NH) on Feb. 6 from noon until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, Dawnlands StoryFest is organized and presented by the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance. Dawnlands is the only story circle in New Hampshire dedicated to sharing the stories of the region’s indigenous people.

The festival takes its name from the Algonquin word Wbanahkik [W8banakik], or Dawn Land, which was the name the Algonquin-speaking Abenaki people gave to New England, Quebec, and the Canadian Maritimes. The name Abenaki means People of the Dawn Land.

Full details at the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript.

Photo: John Bear Mitchell, Penobscot storyteller, from the Sun Journal.