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Jesse Bowman Bruchac


School Visits & Performances
School Visits and Performaces are offered by Jesse Bowman Bruchac and all proceeds are used to support this website!


Jesse in South Africa coaching Native actors Tatanka Means and Raoul Trujillo for the film Saints & Strangers.

Jesse Bowman Bruchac is a Native American author, musician and language instructor and the founder of WesternAbenaki.com. He has dedicated much of his life to studying the Abenaki language and preserving the Abenaki culture. He has worked as a translator and composer for the operetta The Purchase of Manhattan (2015), the hit AMC show TURN (2014), a short film by Alanis Obomsawin When All the Leaves Are Gone (2010) and as translator, dialogue coach and composer for the National Geographic movie Saints & Strangers (2015), a film which includes over an hour of translated dialogue in the Western Abenaki language and two months of on set actor training and filming in South Africa with over two dozen actors. As a musician Jesse is the founder of the Dawnland Singers and has several solo albums of Native American Flute Music, and traditional songs. He is the author of five books written in both English and Western Abenaki. He has performed across the country and around the globe in schools and venues of all sizes for over twenty years. He has been a featured teller at major storytelling festivals. Jesse has performed at many major universities including Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and many others and opened for such notable acts as The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and at Woodstock '94.



Performances

Content:

The content of my performances is very flexible based on needs. I usually offer a combination of Native American Stories in both English and Western Abenaki, traditional music on hand drum and flute, as well as discussion on the language and my work as a writer and in film as well my ongoing efforts in language revitalization. Performances can be to an individual classroom or in any size venue.

Length:

My performances are usually between 45 and 90 minutes in length.

Cost:

$500-$2000 depending on length, travel time & other factors.



School Programs

Grade Levels:

I'm comfortable and experienced with student audiences from kindergarten through high school. I always tailor the content and focus of my programs to fit the needs of the audience.

Program Content:

My usual programs for schools combine storytelling, Native American music (I play flute and drum and sing traditional Abenaki songs), Native language and place names and a brief discussion of my own work in film and writing and in the areas of language revitalization with time for questions at the end.

Program Length:

I do a maximum of 3 presentations per day of 45-60 minutes each plus as much time as is needed for book-signings.

Program Cost:

$1,500 per day plus travel & other expenses



BOOKINGS: westernabenaki@gmail.com

All proceeds from School Visits and Performances are used to support this website!




Jesse teaching the Western Abenaki language on the set of SAINTS & STRANGERS TWO NIGHT EVENT STARTS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 at 9/8c.




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