About the Author
Joseph Bruchac (1942- )
Joseph Bruchac is a storyteller an author whose works drawn upon his Native American background. He grew up in New York near Sarasota Springs where he lived with his grandparents. Those early years provided an opportunity to listen to them and all of their friends telling traditional stories. In the early days tribal story
tellers would sit in the center of a circle surrounded by their listeners. Frequently storytelling would begin with a song of greeting accompanied by drums. Storytelling is traditionally a winter event and would stop in the summer and wouldn't start until the first frost. Bruchac reminded his audience that the
tales he tells are different than those published in the books, because storytelling is a different art form.
Bruchac has a Ph.D. from Union Graduate School and has won numerous awards including the Parent's Choice Award, the American Book Award, the Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Children's Literature.
A Boy Called Slow. Puffin, 1998.
Anxious to be given a name as strong and brave as that of his father, a proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood, acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, which eventually earned him his proud new name: Sitting Bull. Being named Slow and growing up in the shadow of a great warrior hardly dwarfed the prospects of this young man. Bruchac's sensitively told history of Sitting Bull's coming-of-age reassures young boys that success comes through effort, not birth. ---