Sunday, March 20, 2016
Joe and Jesse Bruchac at Paul Smith's VIC - Simply more appropriation
Adirondack Center for Writing presents Joe and Jesse Bruchac as part of our Native American Writers Series.
Specifically go to 39.43
Joseph Edward Bruchac III ... claims that HIS family did the genealogical work to find Ots-Toch in 2011 at this Native American Writers Series speaking event.
I think not.
This just another APPROPRIATION by the Bruchac's for themselves, without giving credit where credit is due.
March 08, 2016
Jesse Bowman Bruchac: While we have a distant native ancestor who can be traced, it is from the 1600's. That is what we know. It is actually all we have known for sure since May 2009 when you told me of that Mohawk ancestor, Ots-Toch.
May 06, 2009
"Kwai Mskwamagw [Douglas Lloyd Buchholz] ta kdagik nid8bak ta nid8baskwak. N'kawachowi kd'agakimziba aln8baiwi askwa."
So, Mr. Joseph Edward Bruchac III and Jesse Bowman Bruchac, want to appropriate for themselves just WHO spent the time, effort, and research time, to find Ots-Toch as it genealogically applies to Lewis Henry Bowman Sr. and his descendants?
Sure as hell, was NOT the Bruchac's who did the effort, the research, that's for sure!
It is interesting that Joseph Edward Bruchac III went after Alex Haley, back in the 1970's ...
On January 22, 1970, Bruchac met Alex Haley and recommended that he read Harold Courlander's 1967 novel The African to get a better understanding of the "African experience." Bruchac even drove home three miles to fetch his own copy of the novel and give it to Alex Haley, who promised to read it "on the plane." Alex Haley later incorporated some passages from The African into his bestselling novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. After Haley settled a plagiarism lawsuit, Joseph Bruchac came forward with this information, explaining that he was "shocked to see someone having used someone else's work ... without giving proper credit."
Jesse Elmer Bowman died January 28, 1970 ...
SO what really happened after Jesse, Joe's Grandfather died? Joe decided to make his Grandpa into an Indian, then later into an "Abenaki" to make himself into an Indian, and then an "Abenaki" too?
Just add water, then shake (for two minutes) and bake (at 350 degrees for some years) = "Abenaki" ... say it and publish it some many times, that the lies become the truth, and the truth becomes the lies ... is that how this works?
So much for credibility. Joseph Bruchac III (and his son Jesse Bruchac stands there as the falsehood is made) in a Guhsto:wa, states, "Our family has done the research back to Ots-Toch, the Mohawk woman" and the son Jesse, whom I shared my research back to that woman, stands silent.
So much for "working together" ... eh.
I agree with the articles content:
"A history and heritage are important, but if you do not know yours then you should not try to invent one, or leave out parts you do not like."
The Bruchac's chose to leave out the "leap of faith", the belief, theory, and the guessing.