Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 19, 2008

Joseph Bruchac on Campus Today: Continuing to Consider Native American Literature for YA’s

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 8:01 am

Joseph Bruchac, an Abenaki native author/storyteller whose stories often center around the Adirondacks and the native peoples of the Northeastern woodlands, is on campus today, speaking at 4:30 in Corey Union (see notice below). The opportunity to hear him is a thrill to me.

In that same vein I want to share Univ. of Illinois’ professor Debbie Reese’s most recent posting to one of the YA listservs I belong to re: including PART TIME INDIAN in a text set. You’ll be interested to see that she includes one of Bruchac’s novels. I also thought it important for us to see her (she’s Pueblo) her definition of “domestic dependent nations.” KES

Domestic Dependent Nations*
Alexie, Sherman. THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN
Bruchac, Joseph. HIDDEN ROOTS
Earling, Debra Magpie. PERMA RED
Smith, Cynthia Leitich. RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME

First Nations of Canada**
King, Thomas. ONE GOOD STORY, THAT ONE: STORIES
Van Camp, Richard. THE LESSER BLESSED

*”Domestic Dependent Nations” are American Indians, who by treaties with the United
States Government, exist today as self-governing nations within the borders of the U.S.
There are over 500 tribal nations recognized today by the federal government. Though
not well-known to most Americans, American Indians are a thriving population that
retains its distinct cultural traditions while living as modern Americans.

**”First Nations of Canada” are the indigenous peoples of Canada. Like American
Indians, the First Nations peoples of Canada are a thriving population that retains their
distinctive cultural traditions.
_____________________________________________________________________

Debbie A. Reese (Nambé Pueblo)
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native American House, Room 2005
1204 West Nevada Street, MC-138
Urbana, Illinois 61801
…………………………………………..
Please join us to see

Noted Native American author and storyteller
Joe Bruchac
Who will be giving at talk at SUNY Cortland Feb. 19th
at 4:30 in the Fireplace Lounge in Corey Union
…………………………….
Stories that Sustain Us.
Joe Bruchac will read from his books,
tell some traditional stories and discuss his views
on the Native American oral traditional and why it is still important today.

The talk is sponsored by Native American Studies,
Campus Artist and Lecture Series,
The Cortland College Foundation,
The Center for Intercultural and Gender Studies
and The Cortland County Teacher Center.

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