This slender book is packed with information about how to play authentic Native American games, including instructions on making some of the necessary equipment and related stories. The authors also describe the history and skill development underlying the games, offering readers a well-rounded understanding and context for the information. The games are relatively simple and could easily be worked into a curriculum along with the stories. As might be expected, the authors document their sources, and the bibliography provides a few more resources for those who wish to delve further. Akweks' b/w illustrations are peppered throughout the book and are not only decorative but useful where illustrating equipment or the game itself. This is an invaluable resource for any school or public library, and multiple copies are recommended. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Fulcrum, 88p, illus, bibliog, index, 23cm, 00-0100016, $12.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Donna L. Scanlon; Children's Libn., Lancaster Area Lib., Lancaster, PA, March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
From The Critics
Nicely illustrated with Kayeri Akweks' blackandwhite illustrations, James and Joseph Bruchac's Native American Games And Stories is a wonderful collection of funfilled games and intriguing stories that will introduce children to Native American culture, beliefs, and recreational activities. Team sport ball games, bowl games, and games of chance. Illustrative stories involving these games come from a diversity of Native American groups including the Mohawk, Passamaquoddy, Onondaga, Navajo, Jicarilla, and Apache. Native American Games And Stories is a marvelous addition to family, school, and community library collections.
Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. He lives in upstate New York. James Bruchac, son of Joseph Bruchac, is a renowned storyteller, author, and accomplished tracker. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York, and is the Director of the Ndakinna Wilderness Project. He also teaches in numerous schools throughout the Capital region.