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ADULT-ORIENTED BIOGRAPHY

James Bruchac is a an award winning author, storyteller, tracking expert, wilderness instructor and guide. Raised in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York Jim is the eldest son of World renowned Abenaki Indian storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac III. A registered member of the Nulhigan Abenaki Tribe James grew up immersed in the outdoors and the art of storytelling. Due to their combined efforts to educate others about the natural world in March of 2005 Jim and his father were awarded a CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION.

As a storyteller, James has offered programs for countless schools and colleges across the country as well as for numerous, libraries, museums and storytelling festivals including the Smithsonian Discovery Theater in Washington DC, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival in Kentucky, Noble Tales Festival in Indiana, Indian Summer and Riverbend Festivals in Wisconsin , John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston MA., Connor Prairie Museum, Indiana, and The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake NY. Along with having published a number of picture books of traditional Native stories including the classic How Chipmunk Got His Stripes to The Girl Who Helped Thunder a comprehensive anthology of Native American legends co-authored by Jim and his father Joseph. In Fall of 2002 Jim and others members of his family were featured on the PBS special ADIRONDACK STORYTELLERS (WMHT/PBS). In 1999 Jim was nominated as STORYTELLER OF THE YEAR by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Authors and Storytellers.

As a renowned animal tracker Jim's first knowledge of tracking came from his father and Grandfather Joseph Bruchac Jr., a noted outdoorsman and member of The Taxidermist Hall of Fame Jim. Whether tracking whitetails in his beloved Adirondack Mountains or teaching wildlife officials how to recognize the tracks or rare carnivores, Jim has continued to broaden his knowledge of all aspects of animal tracking. Starting In 1997 in an effort to improve his knowledge of the modern science of tracking, James made many trips to Wyoming and Montana to do field research and training in advanced and professional level tracking with master tracker, naturalist and carnivore ecologist, Dr. James Halfpenny . Having since that time co-directed numerous tracking expeditions with Dr. Halfpenny the two have also co-authored several Falcon field guides on tracking including ,Scats & Tracks Of The Northeast , Scats & Tracks Of The Southeast and Scats & Tracks of The Mid-Atlantic. As the Director of The Ndakinna Education Center and Northeast Mammal Trackers Training Center Mr. Bruchac continues to train people of all ages and levels of expertise . Jim's Intensive and professional level classes, especially those with a focus on how to identify such forest carnivores as wolves, lynx, wolverine and especially mountain lions among the most popular for Field biologist, Wildlife officials and hobbyist alike.

Having done both tracking and wilderness survival based research in all corners of The United States and Lower Canada, Jim has a natural passion for sharing his knowledge of the natural world with others. From his teaching of how Native peoples used the natural world to survive to how you could survive in the woods today, James' tracking & wilderness programs, have allowed him to work with numerous schools, government officials, military personnel and organizations including The National Wildlife Federation, Cornell Outdoor Education, Syracuse University Forestry School, Environmental Education Council of Ohio, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College, Miami University Ohio Outdoor Pursuit Center, Iowa Conservation Education Council, The National Parks Service, Ohio Metro Parks, YMCA of the Rockies, Pocono Environmental Education Center and many other institutions. Along with several upcoming tracking and survival books including Jim Bruchac's Guide to Woodland Survival by Bowman Books, Jim's wilderness prowess has also been featured on such television shows as Wild T.V on PBS, RAY MEARS ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE, Travel Channel and the Versusl 25 HARDEST ANIMALS TO HUNT. A recent finalist to host a new survival based show for Animal Planet, over the past three years Jim has been in contention for several other Discovery Networks programs. During that time Jim has also appeared as a survival consultant for numerous local and National news stations including the FOX & FRIENDS MORNING SHOW.

Along with his extensive training and expertise in tracking, wilderness survival and Native mythology, James studied exercise science and English at Ithaca College, and has a degree in American Studies from Skidmore College. Active in both high school and college athletics, Jim was a member of the 1988 Ithaca College National Championship football team and went on to be an Empire League semi-pro All-star defensive end in 1991. He has also continued to study various styles of the martial arts since the age of ten with PenJak Silat. In April of 2011 Jim received the rank of Shihan, 5th degree black belt, in Kyokushin Karate. While continuing to train and teach Karate Jim also trains and competes in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu.  a 2 x Pan American Champion and Worlds medalist In December of 2015 James was presented his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by Master Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti .