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How is it that Joseph Bruchac (and his sister Marge's ancestors) are legitimately-speaking Abenakis?
Here is THEIR Genealogy:
In recent retrospect, Wabanaki Beadwork Facebook Group Rhonda Besaw True identified her next project of beadwork as, "Third in the series "The Strength of the Nation Lies with the Women" to honor Dr. Margaret Bruchac (Abenaki) is DONE!...funded by Native Arts New England, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Anonymous Donors...."
Father: Joseph Edward Bruchac
Mother: Marion Flora Bowman
Sibling: Joseph Bruchac
Niece of: James and Jesse Bowman Bruchac
How is that Margaret (nee: Bruchac) Kennick actually an Abenaki woman? From what I can discern genealogically, they have merely IMPLIED that there allegedly exists a Vital Record, which allegedly states that their ancestor was born at "St. Francis"....
Yet, this DOES NOT mean Odanak nor even St. Francois du Lac, in Yamaska County, Quebec, Canada. Of course, the Bruchac's after-all-these-years of book-selling "Abenaki" stories etc. and doing Educational Presentations, seemingly descend from the MOHAWK People. So now they wear the Kanien’kehake People's form of headdress called the Guhsto:wa.
Also see and read these various books written by Joseph Bruchac:
CLARIFICATION: In the summer of 2009 it was my person, that informed Jesse Bowman Bruchac, of the Owisto'k "Ots-Toch" (Mohawk woman) and her husband Cornelius Antoneson "BroerCarnelis" Van Slyck(e) genealogical ancestral connection with the Bruchac descendants. BEFORE that, they didn't know about this genealogical connection to the Mohawk woman.
I'll post more about the Bruchac's at a later time. Suffice it to say, that again, it would seem that they, as with many people, have re-invented themselves into being "Abenaki" simply because..... yet there is no documentation to substantiate their claims, but here is their genealogy just the same, for review:
Owistok Ots-Toch Descendants as of 08-07-2009 to Jesse Bowman Bruchac:
I would also like to point out the following:
Per an email from Cynthia Bisca to my person that was dated August 08, 2009
Just because he was described as having black eyes, black hair and a dark complexion DOES NOT MEAN HE WAS INDIAN, or ABENAKI at all.
Whose "stories"? Whose "songs"? do the Bruchac's take from and copyright, for themselves?
Is such 'traditional' Abenaki? Mohawk? Etc.? When did the Abenaki or Mohawk Culture, Stories, Songs, Traditions, Dances, etc get a PRICE TAG and a Copyright Symbol on them?
I ponder this question: are the Bruchac writing books like "the Arrow Over the Door" - "Hidden Roots" - "The Winter People" - "Roots of Survival" "Bowman's Store" and "March Toward the Thunder" not so much for anything else, but to promote their own "story" ... that they are allegedly "Abenakis"?
Are they promoting the subject matter in the books, or themselves, in their attempts at identifying as "Abenakis" without ANY real evidence to back up what they say?
How many "St. Francis" locations are there in the Province of Quebec, Canada that Lewis Bowman ALLEGEDLY came from, to Saratoga County, New York?
2. Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec, known simply as Saint-François until December 2003.
3. Saint-François-de-Beauce, Quebec, now part of Beauceville, Quebec, Canada.
4. Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada.
5. Saint-François-de-Sales, Quebec in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.
(confusingly, some of the other Saint-François were also known historically as Saint-François-de-Sales parishes)
6. Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Quebec, Canada.
7. Saint-François-d'Assise, Quebec, Canada
8. Saint-François-Xavier-de-Brompton, Quebec, Canada
9. Saint-François-Xavier-de-Viger, Quebec, Canada.
So, why did Joseph Bruchac jump to the conclusion that it automatically just had to be Odanak and or #4. Saint-François-du-Lac, Quebec, on page 293 of his book entitled "March Toward the Thunder"? There is at least 9 (and probably MANY MORE "St. Francis" locations in both Ontario and Quebec, Canada) that I found just using Google.com Search engine, so why immediately pick Odanak's Abenaki Community? There was another known Abenaki Community or Enclave situated around or near #3 back in the day, called "Sartigan" And some of the Native residents of Sartigan did in fact relocate to Odanak.
I will be posting more on the blog about the Bruchac's assuredly.... in due time....
Something to think about and ponder.....