Joseph Bruchac, coauthor of The Keepers of the Earth series, is a nationally acclaimed Native American storyteller and writer who has authored more than 70 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and children. He lives in upstate New York. Murv Jacob is a painter and pipemaker of Kentucky Cherokee descent. He has illustrated numerous books, including five written by Joseph Bruchac. Jacob lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with his wife and four children.