Event Information:

  • Sat

    Dawnland Storyfest : 2017 New Hampshire's Annual Indigenous Story Circle

    Noon to 8:00 pm

    Hosted by:
    The Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center

    In Dawnland, on Turtle Island, after the first frost of Autumn and before the first thunderstorm of Spring, for thousands of years; this is the Time for Story.

    Wabanaki Storytellers

    Wabanaki Storytellers

    Nestled at the junction of the Contoocook and Nubanusit rivers, in the shadow of Mount Monadnock, lies the vibrant New Hampshire town of Peterborough, home of such treasures as the 1st Public Library in the USA, the The MacDowell Art Colony, and the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center. What better place to host the eight hour tribute to Native American Storytelling, Dawnland Storyfest.

    Each year we bring together a dedicated Indigenous Teller, local NH Tellers and open the stages for anyone to try their hand at Story. FREE and open to the public, the event is produced through the efforts of the Mariposa Museum, the NH Storytelling Alliance, and Peterborough’s business community.

    This year, Simon Brooks is the Emcee for our feature & guest performers. Abenaki storyteller, Joseph Bruchac will be presenting traditional and contemporary Native American stories and song at 1 & 7 pm. Local NH tellers; Medicine Story, Sebastian Lockwood​ , Kim Hart & HearsCrow breath new life into North America’s oldest tales at 3 pm.

    During the three 'Open Mics', everyone has a chance to try their hand telling tales. Professional, Amateurs, and first time storytellers are welcome to share at 2, 4, 6 pm.

    Whether you stay for the day, leave before dark, or come after work; the festival schedule is planned so you can still enjoy all of the performers.

    Program Details

    Featuring Joseph Bruchac
    Guest Tellers: Medicine Story, Sebastian Lockwood, Kim Hart and HearsCrow
    Masters of Ceremony: Simon Brooks and Chris Ekblom
    Seating is limited
    Featured Concerts: 1 & 7 pm
    Guest Tellings: 3 pm
    Open Tellings: 2, 4 and 6 pm

    Come hear & share our oldest and newest tales.

    Featured Speaker
    Joseph Bruchac Storyteller & Writer

    Joseph Bruchac lives in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Native American ancestry. Although his northeastern American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by which he has been most nourished.

    He, his younger sister Margaret, and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, continue to work extensively in projects involving the preservation of Abenaki culture, language and traditional Native skills, including performing traditional and contemporary Abenaki music with the Dawnland Singers.

    He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Union Institute of Ohio. His work as a educator includes eight years of directing a college program for Skidmore College inside a maximum security prison. With his late wife, Carol, he founded the Greenfield Review Literary Center and The Greenfield Review Press. He has edited a number of highly praised anthologies of contemporary poetry and fiction, including Songs from this Earth on Turtle's Back, Breaking Silence (winner of an American Book Award) and Returning the Gift. His poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from American Poetry Review, Cricket and Aboriginal Voices to National Geographic,Parabola and Smithsonian Magazine.

    He has authored more than 120 books for adults and children, including The First Strawberries, Keepers of the Earth (co-authored with Michael Caduto), Tell Me a Tale, When the Chenoo Howls (co-authored with his son, James), his autobiography Bowman's Store and such novels as Dawn Land, The Waters Between, Arrow Over the Door and The Heart of a Chief. Forthcoming titles include Squanto's Journey (Harcourt), a picture book,Sacajawea (Harcourt), an historical novel, Crazy Horse's Vision (Lee & Low), a picture book, and Pushing Up The Sky (Dial), a collection of plays for children. His honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, the Cherokee Nation Prose Award, the Knickerbocker Award, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature and both the 1998 Writer of the Year Award and the 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

    As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, Joe Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States from Florida to Hawaii and has been featured at such events as the British Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. He has been a storyteller-in-residence for Native American organizations and schools throughout the continent, including the Institute of Alaska Native Arts and the Onondaga Nation School. He discusses Native culture and his books and does storytelling programs at dozens of elementary and secondary schools each year as a visiting author..

    Selected List of Awards include:

    American Book Award for Breaking Silence
    Horn Book honor for The Boy Who Lived with the Bears
    Scientific American Children’s Book Award for The Story of the Milky Way
    Cherokee Nation Prose Award
    Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children’s Literature
    2005 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award
    2001 Parents Guide to Childrens' Media Award for Skeleton Man
    2000 Parents Choice Gold Award for Crazy Horse's Vision
    1999 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas
    1999 Jane Addams Childrens Book Award for Heart of a Chief
    1998 Writer of the Year Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas
    1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas
    1997 Paterson Award for Dog People
    1996 Boston Globe Book Award for The Boy Who Lived with the Bears
    1995 Knickerbocker Award

    We Can't Say Enough About Our Sponsors

    Alice Blue, Bellows-Nichols Insurance, Gaia's Blessing, Harlow's Pub, Joseph's Coat, L & M Create It Crafts, Monadnock Oil & Vinegar Co, Peterborough Diner, Peterborough Town Library, Little Roy's Food & Grocer, Steele's Stationers, Sarah's Hat Boxes, Thai Cafe, The Toadstool Bookshops, WATERHOUSE, Wellness Works LLC

    Special Thanks to our Feature Sponsor

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