Acclaimed Abenaki storyteller and musician Joseph Bruchac will present three events in the Lakes Region on Saturday, July 29. The events are part of Celebrating Abenaki Art, Heritage, and Culture at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney, where an art show of eight Abenaki artists is on display through Sunday, July 30th until the close of gallery hours at 2pm. The multi-year project is in collaboration with the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association.
Joe Bruchac’s appearances are as follows:
- 1pm, at the Middletown Springs Public Library;
- 3:30pm at the Mettawee Community School;
- and the grand finale at 7pm at Stone Valley Arts.
The events are free, but donations are welcome at each venue to support the work of each organization.
Bruchac is the author of more than 120 books for adults and children. In his work, Bruchac explores his Abenaki ancestry and Native American storytelling traditions. His honors and awards include fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Cherokee Nation Prose Award, a Knickerbocker Award, a Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children’s Literature, and both Writer of the Year and Storyteller of the Year awards from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Joe Bruchac is currently the first poet-laureate of Saratoga Springs, NY, and is the executive director of the Ndakinna Education Center in Greenfield Center, NY.
This event is supported in part by grants from Vermont Humanities, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- Middletown Springs Public Library is located at 39 West Street, Middletown Springs, VT 05757.
- The Mettawee Community School is located at 5788 VT-153, West Pawlet, VT 05775.
- Stone Valley Arts is located at 145 E. Main St., Poultney, VT 05764, and on the web at www.stonevalleyarts.org