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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NEW RELEASE: The Legacy of Lucy Little Bear (novella) on AMAZON

Life on the reservation is not a dream. These stories tell the harsh realities of life with murderous men and murderous weather. Robidoux’s novella of Lucy Little Bear is as rich and complex as life itself. --- “When I was seven my mother tried to kill me.” So begins the journey of Lucy Little Bear in a place “so cold salt water freezes in the bay.” All the characters in these linked narratives find their way into the warmth of your soul. An old woman, Lily Paul, sings in the old language until the fire sings back. She turns into an ermine to survive a perilous journey to her trailer park, “Hollywood,” on coastal Maine. And there is Shawna and the danger of those Moonlight Tours. Robidoux creates a mystical place with her words …where “fog floats in and out with the tide…creating a feeling the world is just a dream.” But life on the reservation is not a dream. These stories tell the harsh realities of life with murderous men and murderous weather. There is “generational loneliness” in the eerie call of a loon on Pennamaquan Lake. There are wonderful place names that live as the characters in the beauty of these stories that transcend the harshness and recall the “star bridge” over which we walked. 
-Diane Glancy, author of Pushing the Bear, Claiming Breath, The Collection of Bodies: Concern for Syria and the Middle East and others 

In these luminous linked stories, Lucy Little Bear is our entrĂ©e into the lives of those who live on the Borderlands, between Canada and the US, on Reservation and off, people who live close to the earth and can channel its energies. Weaving elements of story, mystery and dream, tethering the collection with one transcendent description of landscape after another, Robidoux explicates both the deep sadness of the people whose lives have been devalued by the US mainstream for centuries, and also their indomitable strength. 
- Pam Houston, author, Contents May Have Shifted 

The stories in the Legacy of Lucy Little Bear will transport you to Northpoint, Barbara Robidoux’s fictional Maine reservation. The characters there love and kill each other and they sometimes come back to love and try some more. They fight with humor through sadness, and the landscape returns them to each other and to themselves. They enter frozen rivers and come out changed. They enter the old stories and come out in the present, driving slow down icy roads, following sharp curves. They will enter your world and your dreams: they will follow you to the grocery store and ride around in your cart. You’ll be glad for their company. This is a book and a place crafted with care, not easily put down or left behind. 
-Toni Jensen, author,From the Hilltop

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

OJIBWE STYLE MOCCASIN GAME : Makazinataagewin






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Ojibwe-Style Moccasin Game latest release by Blue Hand Books

GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (2017) --- Blue Hand Books Collective in Western Massachusetts has just released a new book by first-time author Charles Grolla (Ojibwe) of Bemidji, Minnesota.  His Ojibwe name is Ogimaagiizhig Odoodeman Adikwan.

“The purpose of this new book is to make sure this beautiful game is handed down to new generations,” Ojibwe author Charles Grolla said.  “Traditionally played by men only, it’s probably our oldest Ojibwe men’s game, and moccasin game has been and is still a big part of our Ojibwe culture even to this day. 

“The Ojibwe style of moccasin game is my understanding and what I learned growing up playing this beautiful game, mainly on the Red Lake Reservation,” Grolla said.   

Ojibwe style moccasin game is still played on the Red Lake, Mille Lacs, Nett Lake, White Earth, Leech Lake, Roseau River, and Lac La Croix Reservations.  Tournaments are conducted during pow-wows and celebrations on reservations.

“We are honored to help Charles publish his amazing book with instructions, diagrams and photos to assist new learners,” said Trace Hentz, founder and publisher at Blue Hand Books. “Charles is actively teaching this game in his community and feels it’s his duty to pass down the moccasin game, its history and instructions.”


Saturday, February 25, 2017

NEW on Kindle: Sweetgrass Burning






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Sweetgrass Burning hits Kindle in 2017, was first release by Blue Hand Books in 2016

Greenfield, Massachusetts [2016/7]  -- Blue Hand Books Collective, a small Native American-owned publishing company based in New England, has announced its first title of 2016 is Sweetgrass Burning: Stories from The Rez (paperback in 2016, ebook in 2017)

This debut narrative fiction by Barbara Robidoux comprises linked short stories about the lives of Indians who live at Northpoint, a fictional reservation in northeastern Maine. Robidoux, who’s lived in Maine on the Passamaquoddy reservation (rez), has Eastern Cherokee (Tsalagi), Italian and Scottish ancestry.
“Robidoux’s book covers the everyday events that confront this (rez) community and its struggles against corporate interests to take over tribal land for profit, the opening and rapid closing of a tribal Bingo hall, and the revenge of three elder ladies who cast their humor and rage against prejudiced neighbors in a non-Indian town which borders the rez,” said Trace Hentz, founder of the Blue Hand Books Collective.  “Her characters open their hearts and tell us sometimes angry and often humorous stories about what it takes to stand by their culture and language in the face of state and federal government pressure to assimilate.

“I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson and her stories remind me of the irresistibly good TV program Northern Exposure.  Her storyline and characters make you feel like you’re there in Maine - it’s that good. You’ll think of Dous, the Snoop Sisters, Molly, Edna and the others long after you finish this book,” Hentz said.

Barbara Robidoux is the author of two books of poetry Waiting for Rain (2007) and Migrant Moon (2012).  Her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, The Yellow Medicine Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review and numerous anthologies.  Robidoux holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire, an MA from Vermont College and is currently a candidate for an MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.  She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is currently at work on a full-length novel.


Monday, January 30, 2017

IN THE VEINS hits Amazon



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Indigenous Native Poetry collection IN THE VEINS gives power to words


Greenfield, Massachusetts [2017]  --  “These poet’s words jumped off the page and made their way under my skin, into the chambers of my heart,”  said Editor Patricia Busbee (Cherokee) who has edited the new Native prose and poetry book, IN THE VEINS  (Vol. 4,  ISBN: 978-0692832646, Publisher: Blue Hand Books, Massachusetts).  

In the Veins poetry anthology editor Patricia Busbee (adoptee, Cherokee mix) spoke with Dr. Dawn Karima (who also contributed stunning poetry to this book) about Native poetry and our history recently:

LISTEN:
http://talktainmentradio.com/podcasts/Conversation%20with%20Dawn%20Karima%20042417.mp3


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Monday, November 7, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Indian Adoption Projects survivors write new history in new book Called Home: The RoadMap



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Indian Adoption Projects survivors write new history in new book Called Home: The RoadMap

GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (2016) --- Blue Hand Books Collective in Western Massachusetts has published a second edition of CALLED HOME: The RoadMap Vol. 2 [in the Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects book series].  This edition has been revised and updated with a new book cover.  It includes a new essay The RoadMap: DNA and ICWA, devoted to those adoptees still searching, offering tips on how to open sealed adoption files, how to use DNA tests and the services of search angels, and how the recently-revised Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 could help them.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Meet Eddie



Eddie Chuculate (Creek-Cherokee)
I was shocked when I received the O. Henry Prize. In fact, I thought the notification was junk e-mail and nearly deleted it. I remember browsing through those yearly anthologies as a youngster in the Muskogee, OK, Public Library after I first became fascinated with short stories. Of course I never imagined I'd one day join that list of famous and not-so-famous. To do so seems like making, in some small way, your small notch in American literature, and for this I am very grateful. The widespread familiarity with the series among people whom I thought had no idea of its existence floored me.
(author photo © Mark Holm/The Albuquerque Tribune) 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Stolen Generations Press Release

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Greenfield, Massachusetts [2016]  -- Award-winning Native journalist Trace Hentz continues her heart-rending efforts to peel away the malodorous layers of Native American adoption with her newest book, Stolen Generations: Survivors of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop (Publisher Blue Hand Books).
“What is significant about this new book?  Everything,” Hentz said.  “Ten years ago there were no books on stolen generations.  Now we have more than one generation who have experienced the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop.  These survivors have bravely documented their life experience in their own words in three anthologies (Two Worlds, Called Home and now Stolen Generations) that I’ve compiled so far.”

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