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Leaf Home arrow Heritage arrow Heritage2 arrow Joe Bruchac publishes thriller with Native American message
Joe Bruchac publishes thriller with Native American message
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Sunday, 03 November 2013

Joe Bruchac publishes thriller with Native American message
By Justin Penman
Posted: 11/02/13

 GREENFIELD >> Joseph Bruchac, the local author known for his Native American stories and outreach, has thrown a curve-ball, releasing an action-packed, post-apocalyptic thriller geared for younger readers.

The message in his book, “Killer of Enemies,” conveys his Native American roots — that Native Americans will always be a part of the continent despite what happens in the future.

“I think many things inspired me, one was to develop a strong sense of independence. The book is based off a Native American way of looking at the world. They’re not going out to kill. That’s not what Lozen [the main character] was doing. They’re going out to defend,” Bruchac said.

The book is based on a 17-year-old girl named Lozen. Her name is derived from a Native American ancestor who was a true woman warrior of the Chiricahuas. Lozen becomes the same type of heroic character as her namesake.

She is living in a society that is falling apart and is run solely on technology and humans that have over time become genetically altered. There also are normal people, who have been unaffected by these changes. A giant magnetic cloud appears and hinders the use of electronic devices. With all of this happening, Lozen scouts out the landscape of this new world and becomes known as an esteemed “monster hunter.”

As the story develops, Lozen goes on more and more dangerous tasks that the people who have power send her on. She is forced to develop new skills and hopes that she will someday be able to get her family to a safer place, along with a young man she is beginning to love.

Bruchac explained this deviation from his more traditional storytelling.

“Throughout my life, I’ve been a big fan of science fiction. Just like everyone else, I liked watching action scenes; it just kept things interesting. I’ve always liked that idea of surviving in a world and getting through obstacles through the use of intelligence and physical capability,” he said.

Bruchac has earned several honors in his writing career, including the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, Nation Prose Award, Knickerbocker Award, Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement and many more. He has written more than 100 books for adults and children.



 In addition to being an award-wining writer, Bruchac is also a family man, a musician and a Native American storyteller. He plays a large role in the region keeping Native American culture alive and current. He is executive director of the Ndakinna Center, where he presides over special events and storytelling circles. He is a professional storyteller of traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native American people of the Northeastern Woodlands.

“At the Ndakinna Center, we’re not only preserving lands for the future, we try our best to help the development of the children. We have a lot of team-building and cooperation exercises and the kids love them. Getting the kids outside is definitely another important thing, too,” Bruchac said.

For more information on the Ndakinna Center, go to ndakinnacenter.org .

“Killer of Enemies” is available at area bookstores.


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