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1. Sherman Alexie: The Powwow at the End of the World


November is Native American Heritage Month. In recognition of that, I am sharing one of my favorite poems by Sherman Alexie. I also have an excerpt from an article titled The Human Right to Water at Standing Rock.

The Powwow at the End of the World
by Sherman Alexie

I am told by many of you that I must forgive and so I shall   
after an Indian woman puts her shoulder to the Grand Coulee Dam   
and topples it. I am told by many of you that I must forgive   
and so I shall after the floodwaters burst each successive dam   
downriver from the Grand Coulee. I am told by many of you   
that I must forgive and so I shall after the floodwaters find   
their way to the mouth of the Columbia River as it enters the Pacific   
and causes all of it to rise. I am told by many of you that I must forgive   
and so I shall after the first drop of floodwater is swallowed by that salmon   
waiting in the Pacific.

Click here to read the rest of the poem.


The Human Right to Water at Standing Rock
By Marjorie Cohn, Truthout/News Analysis

As thousands of Indigenous people from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, other Native American tribes, and their allies continue their protest against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), corporate media have continued to focus almost exclusively on the presidential election. Most media ignored last week's vicious attack on the Water Protectors, as they call themselves.
The construction of the pipeline would violate the human right to peace, the right of Indigenous peoples to practice their cultural traditions, and several federal statutes.
On October 27, more than 100 police from seven different states and the North Dakota National Guard, clad in riot gear and carrying automatic rifles, arrived in MRAPs [Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicles], Humvees and an armored police truck. They defended Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the pipeline, and arrested 142 Water Protectors. That brings the total arrested since August to over 400. More than 40 people have been injured, and some have broken bones and welts from rubber bullets fired by officers.
Ret. Army Col. Ann Wright, who spent four days at Standing Rock, reported: "Police used mace, pepper spray, tear gas and flash-bang grenades and bean-bag rounds against Native Americans who lined up on the highway."
The 1,170-mile, $3.7 billion oil pipeline is scheduled to traverse North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Iowa. Slated to transport over 570,000 barrels of fracked oil daily, the pipeline would pass under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe, just a half-mile upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's drinking water source. It could affect 28 tribes and millions of people.
An inevitable oil spill from the pipeline, releasing diesel fuel and toxic levels of contaminants into the river, would be culturally and economically catastrophic to the tribe, polluting its source of water and critical farmlands...

Those arrested were held at the Morton County Correctional Center in 10-by-14 foot cages, some in dog kennels. They reported being forced to wait for access to food, water, bathrooms and medical attention. Some charged with misdemeanors were strip-searched. Women were left naked in their cells and male guards harassed them. Some people were zip-tied in stress positions for hours.

Click here to read the rest of the article.
Laura Purdie Salas has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Writing the World for Kids.

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2. The Christmas Coat – Diversity Reading Challenge, 2015

Another selection to continue November’s celebration of Native American Heritage. Title: The Chsitams Coat, Memories of My Sioux Childhood Author: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve Illustrator: Ellen Beier Publisher: Holiday House, 2011 Themes: Christmas, Native Americans, Sioux, generosity, gifts Ages: 5-8 Awards: American Indian Youth Literature Award Opening: The frigid gale blew sideways across the South … Continue reading

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3. My Name is Not Easy – Diversity Reading Challenge 2015

I have chosen to Review My Name Is Not Easy as part of the celebration of Native American Heritage during the month of November. Title: My Name is Not Easy Author: Debby Dahl Edwardson Publisher: Marshall Cavendish, 2011 Themes: Alaska, Alaska Natives, Indians, Whites, … Continue reading

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4. November is Native American Heritage Month!

Cradle Me, written by Debby Slier celebrates Native American families and shows how they carry their babies. It also encourages caregivers to teach children to say the words in their own languages.

“It is impossible for me not to have positive feelings when I look at the faces of babies. Debby Slier's Cradle Me had me happily gazing at the faces of babies from eleven different tribal nations in their cradle boards.” – Debbie Reese (American Indians in Children Literature)

In Loving Me, also written by Debby Slier, babies and toddlers will discover the importance of family relationships through the charming photographs of Native American families.

Cradle Me and Loving Me are available in Navajo English

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5. Weekend Links: Books and Experience for #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

As always, the amazing authors and bloggers have gone above-and-beyond in sharing the best-of-the best in quality Native American booklists, activities and reviews. I’ve share a few of my top picks here along with some great posts from the JIAB archives:

Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki descent, newest book “The Hunter” It’s an informative blog posting with “The Hunter’s Promise” a book summary, link to an interview with the author, some teacher resources and two recipes that tie in with the book at Ever Ready.

The Hunter's Promise Book Review and Extension Activities

“The egg of the thunder bird in The Thunder Egg was actually inspired by geodes. The Thunder Egg book extension and review.


Custer’s Last Battle by Paul Goble {A Wisdom Tale’s Book} book review.

Custer's Last Battle

The Wisdom Tales website has wonderful tipi patterns for book extension activities. See what happened when we downloaded them and created a village!


Crafty Moms Share: Pine and the Winter Sparrow Book Review & #extension activities for kids.

pine and sparrow Collage

Tribal Nations Maps and books about inspiring Native American Women at Crafty Moms Share.

Native American Heritge

Great booklist from “Comanche-inspired author” Max Oliver-Native American Books for Kids- A Recommended Reading List

Native American books

Plimoth Plantation: Learning About Native Americans at Pragmaticmom

Native American Heritage Month

Stumped for ideas? Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month via the American Indian College Fund


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This holiday season, give your children the gift that will nurture a lifetime of positive habits; give the gift of a book.
A Year in The Secret Garden
As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages, is also an important act that will aid in them being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only work to create special family time, it allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences.
A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book. This delightful children’s book from authors Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters offers unique and original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! With over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.
This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!
A Year in the Secret Garden

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6. Native American Heritage Month resources

charleyboy_dreaming in indianNovember is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of Native American people, their varied cultures, and their accomplishments. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources; here some additional resources from our archives.

Recommended books

Articles on representation of Native Americans in children’s books

Check out Debbie Reese’s blog American Indians in Children’s Literature for much more on this topic.

And here’s author Sherman Alexie’s 2008 BGHB Fiction Award acceptance speech for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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7. Historical Fiction by Joseph Bruchac for Native American Heritage Month

Code Talker
A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Dial, 2005

This work of historical fiction tells about a young Navajo named Ned Begay, a code talker, and his experiences in the Pacific during World War II. (It is a popular book with middle school boys.) This novel provides much information about the code talker program that remained classified for decades after the end of the war. Bruchac includes an author’s note with information about the Navajos and the code talkers and a selected bibliography that lists titles of books about the Navajos, the code talkers, and World War II.

More Information about Code Talkers

Squanto’s Journey
The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Illustrated by Greg Shed
Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2000

This picture book is excellent for reading aloud in the elementary grades. Bruchac narrates the story in the voice of Squanto (Tisquantum), a Patuxet Indian. The book opens with Squanto telling about his capture by Captain Thomas Hunt who took him and other Patuxets to Spain to be sold as slaves in 1614, how Spanish friars set Squanto free and helped him to get to England, and his return to America in 1619 when he found that his people had been devastated by a disease. In the rest of the book, we learn about Squanto’s building a friendship with the Pokanokets and Nemaskets; Samoset, a Pemaquid Indian; the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower; and the relationship between Squanto and the English that helped the settlers at Plimoth make it through their first year in the New World. Includes an author’s note and a glossary.

The Winter People
Dial, 2002

Set during the French and Indian War, this exciting story tells about a fourteen-year-old Abenaki named Saxso whose village of Saint Francis (Odanak) is burned to the ground by the British. Saxso’s sisters and mothers are taken captive. With his father dead, Saxso takes it upon himself to track down the British raiders and bring his family back home. Although Saxso is a fictional character, the story is based on an event that occurred in October of 1759 when “Major Robert Rogers led a force of 200 men, some of whom were Stockbridge Indian scouts, in an attack on Saint Francis.” Includes a map and an extensive author’s note.

The Arrow over the Door
Illustrated by James Watling
Penguin Putnam, 1998

This historical novel is based on the “Saratoga Meeting” or “Easton Meeting”—an event that occurred in 1777 between a group of Abenakis and Friends at a Quaker Meetinghouse just before the battle of Saratoga in New York. The Abenakis arrived to find a congregation of peaceful people and embraced them as friends. The Arrow over the Door is told in alternating chapters by fictional characters Stands Straight, a young Abenaki, and Samuel, a Quaker boy. Both boys are changed by their encounter with each other that day.

The Story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Scholastic, 2000

This is a well-researched and informative historical novel about the young Shoshone who served as a translator, peacemaker, and guide for Lewis and Clark on their historic expedition. The book is told in alternating first person narratives by Sacajawea and William Clark. Includes a map, author’s note, and selected bibliography.
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8. November 2009 Events

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month~ USA

Book Week~ ongoing until Nov 9, Japan

28th Santiago International Book Fair~ ongoing until Nov 15, Santiago, Chile

The Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award Festival~ Nov 1, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Exhibition by Illustrators and Writers of Children’s Books~ Nov 3 – 27, Pretoria, South Africa

3rd Triennial of Estonian illustrations: The Power of Pictures~ Nov 3 – 30, Tallinn, Estonia

29th Indonesia Book Fair~ Nov 4 – 8, Jakarta, Indonesia

American Association of School Librarians National Conference~ Nov 5 – 8, Charlotte, NC, USA

2009 Bologna Illustrators Exhibition of Children’s Books~ Nov 6 – Dec 6, Ishikawa, Japan

13th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival~ Nov 7, Rochester, NY, USA

National Young Readers Week~ Nov 9 – 13, USA

Northern Children’s Book Festival~ Nov 9 – 21, United Kingdom

27th Annual National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference~ Nov 11 – 15, Little Rock, AR, USA

The World of Children’s Book Publishing with Alvina Ling, Senior Editor Little, Brown Books for Young Readers~ Nov 14, Yokohama, Japan

The 16th Annual British IBBY/NCRCL MA Children’s Literature Conference: Going Graphic – Comics and Graphic Novels for Young People~ Nov 14, London, United Kingdom

Calgary Children’s Book Fair and Conference~ Nov 14, Calgary, AB, Canada

18th Annual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair~ Nov 14 – 15, Storrs, CT, USA

Children’s Book Week: Classic Canadian Reading~ Nov 14 – 21, Canada

Take Home an Original: The Art of the Picture Book~ Nov 14 – 24, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Govenor General’s Literary Award Winners Announced~ Nov 17, Montreal, QC, Canada

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Winners Announced~ Nov 17, Toronto, ON, Canada

Children’s Literature Assembly Events at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention~ Nov 19 – 24, Philadelphia, PA, USA

8th Annual International Children’s and Young Adult Literature Celebration~ Nov 21, Madison, WI, USA

National Library Board’s Asian Children’s Festival~ Nov 21 – 29, Singapore

Heart and Soul: Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2006–2009~ Nov 21 – Apr 18, 2010, Chicago, IL, USA

USBBY Co-Sponsored Session at the NCTE Convention~ Nov 22, Philadelphia, PA, USA
11:30 am to 12:45 p.m.

CJ Picture Book Festival~ Nov 23- Dec 24, Seoul, Korea

Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books Featuring Artwork from Iconic Children’s Books~ Nov 24 – Feb 28, 2010, Amherst, MA, USA

Mother Goose in an Air-Ship: McLoughlin Bros. 19th Century Children’s Books from the Liman Collection~ Nov 24 – Apr 18, 2010, Amherst, MA, USA

Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse: Children’s Books & Magazines~ Nov 25 – 30, France

The Children’s Literature Fair of Seine-Saint-Denis~ Nov 26 – Dec 1, Montreuil, France

Inky Awards Ceremony~ Nov 26, Melbourne, Australia

Bookaroo Children’s Literature Festival~ Nov 28 – 29, New Delhi, India

Guadalajara Book Fair~ Nov 28 – Dec 6, Guadalajara, Mexico

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9. Books & Resources for Native American Heritage Month 2009

Book Lists & Reviews

Resources and Activities for Native American Heritage Month

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10. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

November is Native American Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Pride in Our Heritage. Honor to Our Ancestors.”

Although the first “American Indian Day” was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month, to celebrate the heritage, history, art and traditions of our ancestors.

Use the opportunity to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. Celebrate our heritage and our ancestors by:

Pocahontas: Princess of the New World

By Kathleen Krull and David Diaz

Sports Heroes and Legends: Jim Thorpe

By Carrie Golus

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11. Weekend Links: Celebrating Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month (NOV)

November was officially recognized as National Native American Heritage Month and Alaska Native Heritage Month in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush signed it into Public Law. There are some amazing and breathtaking books for children that share the beliefs, journey, histories and struggles of Native Americans and also Alaskan Natives. As always, I round up the best-of-the-best of the books, activities and crafts that I have found over the course of the week and share them with my readers. ENJOY!

Mia at PragmaticMom has and awesome booklist on Top 10: Native American Children’s Books (ages 2-16)


DARIA Music has some excellent Native American musical instrument crafts on her site. Families can enjoy making a Drum Beater
For Pow-wow Drum or for the Lenape Hoop Game and a Turtle Shell Rattle.

We’ve had several wonderful Native American bookreviews and activities here on Jump Into a Book and Children of the Tipi Series-Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters is one of my favorites.


MN Tree: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Free Resources and Free Activities

Narive American activities


20+ Native American Folktale Picture Books for Kids from What Do We Do All Day.

children's books about native americans


The NEA.org has great tools and resources for American Indian Heritage Month as well.

See these sites for more information.


Do you remember the first time you read Charlie and
The Chocolate Factory as a child?

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Do you recall the thrill of discovering that magical gateway into Willy Wonka’s world inside the pages of a book?

A world with geese that laid golden eggs, squirrels that could sort nuts, and colorful little people called Oompa Loompas? Would you like to re-live that experience with one of the greatest children’s books of all time like never before?

Then come along on a magical adventure into The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
Chapter by chapter we explore all of the wonders of Willy Wonka’s World and give you all the tools you need to play along!

Want to know more and get your copy?



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12. Native American Heritage Month: 10 Children’s Books By Native Writers

November is Native American Heritage Month! Native American Heritage Month evolved from the efforts of various individuals at the turn of the 20th century who tried to get a day of recognition for Native Americans. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution that appointed November as Native American Heritage Month. You can learn more about Native American Heritage Month here.

For many years, Native people were silenced and their stories were set aside, hidden, or drowned out. That’s why it’s especially important to read stories about Native characters, told in Native voices. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with these great books by Native writers:


Quiet Hero by S.D. Nelson – Ira Hayes grew up on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona. When he was in his late teens, World War II raged, and Ira Hayes joined the Marine corps. Eventually they were sent to the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima, where a chance event and an extraordinary photograph catapulted Ira to national awareness and transformed his life forever. 

Crazy Horse’s Vision by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by S.D. Nelson – Crazy Horse, whose childhood nickname was “Curly,” defies traditional custom and risks his own life by running away, up to the hills, to seek a vision.

Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by S.D. Nelson –  While Jim Thorpe struggled at school, he excelled at sports. He later went on to win several Olympic medals.


Home to Medicine Mountain by Chiori Santiago, illustrated by Judith Lowry – Two Native American brothers are sent to a strict, government-run boarding school. There, they are forced to speak English and to unlearn their Native American ways. Inspired by their dreams of home and the memories of their grandmother’s stories, the boys embark on an adventurous journey from the harsh residential school to their home in Susanville, California.

Sky Dancers by Connie Ann Kirk, illustrated by Christy Hale – John Cloud’s father is in New York City, far away from their Mohawk Reservation, building sky scrapers. One day, Mama takes John to New York City and he sees his Papa high on a beam, building the Empire State Building.

Kiki’s Journey by Kristy Orona-Ramirez, illustrated by Jonathan Warm Day –  Kiki is a city girl that calls Los Angeles her home. Her family left the Taos Pueblo reservation when she was a baby, so it doesn’t feel like home. How will it feel to revisit the reservation?


Stories for Teens

Rattlesnake Mesa by EdNah New Rider Weber, photographs by Richela Renkun – When EdNah’s beloved grandmother dies, she is sent to live on a Navajo reservation with a father she barely knows. Once EdNah finds herself getting used to her new life, she is sent to a strict government-run Indian boarding school.

Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac – When Luke King’s father, a black ops infiltrator, goes missing, Luke realizes his life will never be the same again. Luke sets out to search for his father, all the while trying to avoid the attention of the school’s mysterious elite clique of Russian hipsters, who seem much too interested in his own personal secret

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac – In a future where technology has failed, Lozen has been gifted with a unique set of abilities magic and survival skills that she uses to hunt monsters for the people who kidnapped her family. As the legendary Killer of Enemies was in the ancient days of the Apache people, Lozen is meant to be a more than a hunter. Lozen is meant to be a hero.

Rose Eagle by Joseph Bruchac – Several years before Killer of Enemies, the Lakota are forced to mine ore for the Ones, their overlords. Rose Eagle’s aunt has a vision of Rose as a healer. She sends Rose on a quest to find healing for their people.


What other books by Native American authors and illustrators do you recommend?



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13. Out Today: Rose Eagle

The prequel to the award winning Killer of Enemies is finally here! Rose Eagle by Joseph Bruchac is Tu Books’ first e-novella.

Ten years before the events in Killer of Enemies, before the Silver Cloud, the Lakota were forced to work in the Deeps, mining for ore so that the Ones, the overlords, could continue their wars. But when the Cloud came and enveloped Earth, all electronics were shut off. Some miners were trapped in the deepest Deeps and suffocated, but the Lakota were warned to escape, and the upper Deeps became a place of refuge for them in a post-Cloud world.

In the midst of this chaos, Rose Eagle’s aunt has a dream: Rose will become a medicine woman, a healer. She sends Rose into the Black Hills on a quest to find healing for their people.

Gangly and soft-spoken, Rose is no warrior. She seeks medicine, not danger. Nevertheless, danger finds her, but love and healing soon follow. When Rose Eagle completes her quest, she may return with more than she ever thought she was looking for.

Rose Eagle is available directly from our website, and from your favorite ebook retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & NobleGoogle Play Books, and iTunes!

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14. Native American Heritage Month: The Hunter’s Promise


The Hunter's Promise Book Review and Extension Activities

I first saw this book when it was in galley form and it was breathtaking then. Actually holding the book in my hands is an experience I’m very happy with.

The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale told by long time story-teller and author Joseph Bruchac and beautifully illustrated by Bill Farnsworth is a beautiful re-telling of an old story from the Abenaki Indians of Vermont and Canada.

The hunters promise

Joseph Bruchac himself is from Abenaki descent and a known scholar of Native American stories.

The foundation of the story is to remember our promises but a greater and more important underlying message of the story is our relationship with nature and mother earth. This mythical story is about a young and lonely hunter who wishes for a partner to come and help him as he winters away up in his hunting camp. A beautiful woman appears from the forest to cook his meals, clean his tent, and live with him as his wife during the winter months. Before he leaves for the summer camp and returns to his family, the woman whispers to him, “Promise to remember me. ”

When the young hunter returns the following Autumn to hunt in his winter camp, the young woman is there to greet him but this time she has a son with him. His son has some supernatural qualities, for one he becomes a full adult male in the course of a week but that just brings magic to the story. Again the hunter brings in more game and skins than the winter before. As he prepares to leave for his summer village to be reunited with his family, the woman from the forest reminds him,”Promise not to forget us.”

When he arrives in the summer village this time, the chief wants the hunter to marry his daughter. He respectfully declines remembering his promise to his forest wife from the winter village. The chief’s daughter who always got her way cast a spell on him which made him forget his vows to his winter wife.

The Hunter's Promise

When he travels north to the  hunting village he takes his wife with him and it’s only when he sees his winter wife with two sons alongside her that he realizes he has broken his promise and betrayed his winter wife. The winter wife and her children walk back into the forest but that’s not the end of the tale. A magical ending awaits you so please get a copy of this book to find out what happens. This book is intended for 6 and up. It will be a story you read time and again.

Bill Farnsworth has illustrated more than 50 children’s books including Kaya for the American Girl series. Working in deep and beautiful toned oils, his illustrations are an invitation to journey into a magical world, the place where nature meets humans.


Wisdom Tales Press is the publisher of fine children’s literature focusing on multicultural and spiritual wisdom. They were very kind to send me a copy of this book and they are a platinum sponsor in Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Get your copy of A Hunter’s Promise HERE.

Have you read the  interview with Joseph Bruchac on the Multicultural Children’s Book day blog? Be sure and check out here. Joseph shared some great insights and fun facts about his books.

Joseph Bruchac

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Who are the Abenaki ?

The Abenaki tribe, together with the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Mi’kmaq, and Penobscot Indians, were members of the old Wabanaki Confederacy, adversaries of the Iroquois. These allies from the eastern seaboard spoke related languages, and Abenaki and Wabanaki have the same Algonquian root, meaning “people from the east.” Today 2000 Abenakis live on two reserves in Quebec, and another 10,000 Abenaki descendants are scattered throughout New England. Only the Canadian Abenaki tribe is officially recognized, but there are at least three Abenaki bands in the United States: the Sokoki and Mazipskwik Abenakis of Vermont and the Cowasucks of Massachusetts.

For further information about the Abenaki Tribe please have a look here. 

Promise Stars


We all have great intentions of keeping our word and promises but sometimes we forget. In this activity we’re creating promise stars out of popsicle sticks. This simple craft becomes a keepsake that help kids remember the promises they want to keep.

Have each child take four popsicle sticks. I’ve used colored sticks here but you can use plain ones or decorate the sticks yourself.  I use glue dots to hold the sticks together. First take two sticks and make a cross and then make and X on top of the cross so that you have made a star. I place one glue dot in the center of each stick and glue them together. It’s not such a mess as regular glue. If using regular glue be sure to let your star dry before writing on it. On the top stick write I Promise.

On the ends of the sticks write things you’re promising to do or write whole phrases on the sticks.

Some ideas are:

  • I promise to brush my teeth.
  • I promise to say thank you.
  • I promise to read every day.
  • I promise to tell the truth.
  • I promise to be kind.

If you’re in a classroom setting have the children share their promises either in pairs or to the whole group. If it’s parents and children, this is a perfect time to use the Promise Stars to talk about your values as a family, your culture, and even your religion.

The Joseph Bruchac Abenaki BookList

A great way to learn more about the Abenaki tribe and confederation is from Joseph Bruchac himself who is a descendant of this fine nation.

Code Talkers

The Winter People

Arrow over the Door

The Heart of a Chief

Eagle Song

**some of these links are affiliate links whic means I get a small commission on any books purchases from this site. My affiliate sales money is put towards mailing costs when I ship books to readers or giveaway winners.

Three Sister’s Soup

three sisters soup

Many times Native American tribes plant corns, beans, and squash together. They are known as the Three Sisters.  Here’s an Abenaki recipe celebrating the Three Sisters as a wonderful soup. Enjoy. The recipe advises to eat it with bannock bread but it’s really good with cornbread too.

2 cans White Hominy Corn (undrained)
1 large can Red Kidney Beans (undrained)
1 pkg. frozen cut Squash
1 yellow Onion (cut up)
2 cloves garlic (coarse chopped)
1 lb. Bacon
Black Pepper

Best done in cast iron pot, dutch oven. Fry up bacon until medium crispy, remove and drain off most of the fat. In hot fat, brown up onion. When onion is golden brown, add garlic, cook for about a minute. Drain off remaining fat, then add Corn and Beans (juice and all), and the bacon, cut up. Add cut up squash, add enough water to cover everything by about two inches. Simmer together, adding Allspice and Black pepper to taste. Salt should be unnecessary, due to salt in bacon. We didn’t really use salt much until after the Invasion. Ham or smoked shoulder can be substituted, if desired. Cook together until everything is just this side of mush.

Note: Modern variation on the old communal cookpot (M8wigisoak)that always simmered to feed Winter visitors in our longhouses. Should be served with Banik (Bannock), oven baked flat bread that has shortening in it.

Bannock Bread

bannock bread

Here’s the recipe for bannock bread for those of you who’d like it.

1/2 cup lard
1/2 tsp of salt
6 tsp of baking powder
4 cups flour
1 tsp of sugar or corn syrup
2 cups of water or milk

Mix all dry ingriedents into a bowl.
Then slowly mix in your lard until it looks like small coarse oatmeal.
Then make a small hole in the center of the bowl, pour the milk or water mixture into the bowl gradually.
Mix the ingridents toghter. Knead for about 3 minutes.
Success in bannock making is the kneading, which is required to make it firm.
Pat out with hands to 3/4 inch thickness and prick with fork.
It can be made oblong or round and baked in an oven @ 350 Degrees.
Cool for about five minutes and enjoy.

Note: Bannock was something very special and sacred and eaten only on Sundays. It was made into small bannocks and each member of the family had a taste of this special bread.

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