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James Bruchac was raised in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York. A member of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe, and eldest son of Abenaki and Adirondack storyteller Joseph Bruchac III, James grew up immersed in the natural world, storytelling and native culture.

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James has both authored and co-authored books for all ages. Children's books include How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, Turtle's Race with Beaver, Rabbit's Snow Dance, Raccoon's Last Race, When the Chenoo Howls and Native American Games and Stories. General public titles include Scats and Tracks of the Northeast, Scats and Tracks of the Southeast, and Scats and Tracks of the Mid-Atlantic. James also co-authored The Girl Who Helped Thunder, an anthology of Native American tales. James is a member and former president of the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Upcoming releases include Kids in the Woods, James Bruchac's Animal Tracking Adventure Guide,  James Bruchac's Woodland Survival Tips and The Stories He Tells, the Story of Joseph Bruchac.

Jim telling stories!STORYTELLER

Growing up in the Adirondack foothills, James Bruchac found himself immersed in storytelling, Native culture and the natural world. As the son of award-winning Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac, it wasn’t long before James was spinning his own tales. For the past thirty years, he has shared stories at hundreds of schools and libraries across the country. Whether telling an interactive animal story or a monster tale, he keeps listeners of all ages on the edge of their seats as well as part of the action. James has performed at many festivals, museums including the Smithsonian Discovery Theater (Washington DC), the Corn Island Storytelling Festival (KY), Noble Tales Festival and the Connor Prairie Museum (IN), Indian Summer and Riverbend Festivals (WI), The Boston Children's Museum and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum (MA), the Hudson River Clearwater Festival, the Noteworthy Indian Museum, and The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake (NY). James and other members of his family were featured on the PBS special Adirondack Storytellers (WMHT/PBS).

Making fire with a bowdrillWILDERNESS EXPERT & GUIDE

James has conducted tracking and wilderness survival-based research in all corners of the United States and Lower Canada. He has also traveled to places such as West Africa and Central America and continues his work with John Stokes and The Tracking Project in Corales, New Mexico. James is a graduate of the Tracking Project's "Nurturing The Roots Community Mentor Program." James' tracking & wilderness programs include a variety of learning experiences: primitive and modern survival techniques, animal tracking, appreciation of the natural world, and Native uses of natural resources among other things.

James has worked with numerous schools and organizations including The National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, 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 others.
James' 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 Versus 25 HARDEST ANIMALS TO HUNT. A recent finalist to host a new survival based show for Animal Planet, over the past three years James has been in contention for several other Discovery Networks programs. During that time James has also appeared as a survival consultant for numerous local and National news stations including the FOX & FRIENDS MORNING SHOW.

Making casts with JimANIMAL TRACKER

With his first-hand knowledge of animal tracking coming from his father as well as his grandfather Joe Jr., noted outdoorsman and member of the Taxidermist Hall of Fame, James continues to broaden his knowledge of tracking and observation. Beyond his work with The Tracking Project, in order to improve his knowledge of the science of tracking, he has made many trips to Wyoming and Montana to do field research and training in advanced - professional level tracking with world renowned tracker and naturalist, Dr. James Halfpenny. During these trips, he has tracked bison, elk, wolves, mountain lions, grizzly bears, and many other animals both big and small. Since their first introduction at a National Wildlife Summit in Estes Park Colorado in 1996, James Bruchac and Dr. Halfpenny have co-authored three books (Scats & Tracks Of The Northeast, Scats& Tracks Of The Southeast and Scats & Tracks of The Mid-Atlantic). James' tracking skills have also been featured in National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

James is a member of the Trackers' Research Association (TRAcks), and The International Society of Professional Trackers (ISPT). Over the years James has trained people of all ages and levels of expertise from Kindergarten students to professional biologist and wildlife officials. Due to their combined dedication to the education of others about the natural world, in March of 2005 James and his father Joseph received a National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award.


The Ndakinna Education CenterFor over twenty-five years James has worked with his family's non-for-profit business, The Greenfield Review Literary Center and Press and their North American Native Authors Catalog. In 1998 James formed a new division of the Greenfield Review, The Ndakinna Education Center and Nature Preserve, offering hands-on field trips to his family's 80+ acre nature preserve and educational center focusing on Native American history & culture as well as environmental education.


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, James 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 studied martial arts since the age of ten, currently holding the rank of Shihan (5th degree black belt) in Kyokushin Karate as well as being a black belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu.