“Joseph Bruchac is among our wisest and most enduring storytellers. His voice, his flute, and his tales are grace notes. A Year of Moons speaks to the cyclic nature of Western Abenaki home ground. Within these pages, readers will find an incantation of attention, patience, and what endures through the generations: a fierce love of place.”
– Terry Tempest Williams, Author of The Hour of Land
Written by Joseph Bruchac
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.
About the book
“There’s a fresh coating of snow on the ground outside our cabin as I look to see who’s coming to the fourteen feeders, we keep filled with black oil sunflower seeds year-round.”
So begins A Year of Moons: Stories from the Adirondack Foothills, a collection of essays by award-winning author Joseph Bruchac. The collection is a reflection on the rhythms of the land, the plants and animals that surround us, and the connections that link humans, animals and our natural world. With one foot rooted firmly in the inheritance of nature essays, and another rooted firmly in Bruchac’s Indigenous Abenaki heritage, the collection is an artifact of a beautiful landscape and the changes it encounters throughout the year.
In his thoughtful and perceptive way, Bruchac contemplates the changing of the seasons, his relationship with the creatures and plant life that share his home, and a vision of stewardship. Bruchac explores each month of the year through the lens of the lunar cycles, as he considers Abenaki traditions and stories, along with his own experience of the world around him. His curiosity and reverence for the earth shine through on every page as he looks at the place he calls home with new eyes, reflected by the changing of each month’s moon.