WWBA announces the third installment of the 2017 Program Series, Salut au Monde. This title is taken from one of Whitman’s poems and we aim to bring the world to the Whitman stage with this Series. Native American Storytelling with Joseph Bruchac is the third in this Series featured on Sunday, August 13, 2017, 2-4:00pm. Sandi Brewster-Walker will also be there to add to the discussion. She will also feature her book, The Colored Girl From Long Island.
Joseph Bruchac will present a 60 minute program on Native American Storytelling. Sandi Brewster-Walker will speak on her story as a Long Island Native American. Q&A and book signing to follow.
Joseph Bruchac Storyteller & Writer
For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.
Sandi Brewster-Walker has written a book, The Colored Girl From Long Island, about her early life in North Amityville, Long Island during the 1940s and 50s, when her family was considered colored. The new book gives us insight into the lives of a family with Long Island Native American roots. Despite the fact that the Natives did not know the land customs and laws of the Dutch and English, nor could they read or write either language, their marks, the “x” traded away forever their magnificent island. Brewster-Walker is a descendant of many of the Natives that traded away Long Island. She also talks about why many of the Southern blacks came to Long Island during the Great Migration of domestics. The book is a series of remembrances, while a young child in North Amityville. The Colored Girl from Long Island ends at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement when colored people became Negroes. Her story is told in her own words!
Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments Served.