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Children's Nonfiction Native American

Keepers of the Night

Native Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children

by (author) Michael Caduto & Joseph Bruchac

illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden

Fifth House Books
Initial publish date
Mar 1994
Native American
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 1994
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Native lore, stories, and activities encourage children to explore the fascinating night world. By studying astronomy, Native beliefs, nighttime weather, and North American nocturnal plants and animals, children aged 5 to 12 learn to appreciate
the importance of night in the natural cycle and overcome common fears about the nighttime

Filled with interdisciplinary activities, legends, and illustrations to inspire children and educators alike.

About the authors

Michael J. Caduto is an internationally known storyteller, ecologist, educator, and musician. He has received the New England Award for Excellence in Environmental Education, holds an M.S. in Natural Resources/Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, and is a Senior Education Fellow with the Atlantic Center for the Environment. Caduto lives in Vermont and travels extensively, presenting environmental and cultural programs for adults and children.

Michael Caduto's profile page

Joseph Bruchac is the author of Skeleton Man, The Return of Skeleton Man, Bearwalker, The Dark Pond, and Whisper in the Dark, as well as numerous other critically acclaimed novels, poems, and stories, many drawing on his Abenaki heritage. Mr. Bruchac and his wife, Carol, live in upstate New York, in the same house where he was raised by his grandparents. You can visit him online at

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David Kanietakeron Fadden is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. David attended and graduated from the Saranac Lake Central School where he received recognition for his art. He attended North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, NY. In conjunction with formal art training he has learned technical skills, artistic insight, and other appropriate knowledge from his parents: John Fadden, educator, illustrator and painter; and Elizabeth Eva Fadden, wood sculptor.

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Editorial Reviews

Reviews for the Keepers of Life series:
"Caduto and Bruchac brilliantly link traditional native myths to lessons in nature."
Books in Canada

"One of the most exciting, useful and beautiful environmental teaching tools available for both middle readers and the adults who work with them."
Wilson Library Bulletin

"Schools with Native American units-- i.e. all schools-- will be interested in the stories and activities this book provides for kids to enjoy."

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