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Tuesday, February 28, 2017



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.”

The new book includes a glossary of Ojibwe terms relating to this sacred game and the history of how “makwa” bear gave it to the Ojibwe people.

Charles writes in the introduction, “The moccasin game for me has been a valuable tool in changing the issue of our youth not knowing their identity and what it is to be Ojibwe or Native American.  Teaching them who they are and what are our own traditions of being a man will lead to a betterment of all.  This game is at least a thousand years old, if not thousands, and has been used that long for just this purpose, and being an enjoyable social event.  These are just a few of the reasons and teachings surrounding moccasin game and its purpose and spirituality.”


ISBN:  978-0692851906 (Blue Hand Books)

Charles Grolla’s Ojibwe name is Ogimaagiizhig (Boss of the Sky) and he is of the Adik (Caribou) clan or totem.  He is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte reservation in Minnesota and was raised mainly on the Red Lake reservation in Minnesota.  While growing up in the Bikwaakwaang (West End) area of the Red Lake reservation, Charles became a contending player of Ojibwe style moccasin game before the age of 14.
In 2016 Minnesota Indian Education awarded him “Ojibwe Teacher of the Year” for his many accomplishments during his six years of teaching high school Ojibwe language classes. Along with teaching high school, he volunteers once a week to teach moccasin game to the community.
Charles currently lives in Bemidji Minnesota

(see his photo and bio at Blue Hand Books)

Publisher:  Blue Hand Books Collective, 442 Main Street, #1061, Greenfield, MA 01301 (email:  Website:
MEDIA CONTACT: interview and photos will be provided upon request.
Trace Hentz, Blue Hand Books, - (TWITTER) @bluehandbooks
(413)258-0115 (message)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

NEW on Kindle: Sweetgrass Burning

**************JUST PUBLISHED**************


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.
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.

moose clip art for inside book gograph “We’re honored that Barbara Robidoux chose to work with us. You’ll get wrapped up in her characters but even more wrapped up in the plot.”
“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.

SWEETGRASS BURNING: Stories from the Rez is her first collection of short stories.
Blue Hand Books offers both paperback and e-book formats for readers. Their books are being offered on and in bookstores, other online retailers and e-bookstores.
“We have a lot of exciting things happening at Blue Hand Books,” company founder Trace Hentz said. “2016 will be a banner year and Barbara’s book is the latest “Great Read” to be added to our growing inventory of acclaimed Indigenous authors.”

For more visit information visit the Blue Hand Books website [], or visit the Blue Hand Books Facebook page.
EBOOK ISBN:   0-69237210-5
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-0692642351
LIST PRICE: $12.95 (ppbk)
$2.99 (ebook)

Advance praise for Sweetgrass Burning:
Barbara Robidoux is a master storyteller. With ease, she weaves together the connections of Native people who have long known one another and their ancestors. The North Point Reserve is a community with open doors, the people inviting us in to feed us their stories. Inside each person’s words is their life as it was in recent years. We travel this map of reservation lives, recognizing the people. Their dwelling places become located in our own hearts. This incredible writer takes us on her journey of humanity and mystery. Along the way, the stories come together with her brilliance, her seeming ease of style. Robidoux has the unique ability to reveal all our strong and broken ways of being in this world. - Linda Hogan author of Dark Sweet, Power, Dwellings, Solar Storms, People of the Whale, The Woman Who Watches Over the World.

In SWEETGRASS BURNING Barbara Robidoux  introduces you to characters so lovable and human you’ll quickly come to call them family.  Navigating the fictional setting of the Northpoint reservation in northeast Maine, Robidoux’s  linked stories powerfully show a community surviving through humor, compassion, cooperation and tradition.
-  Chip Livingston, author of Crow-Blue, Crow Black and Naming Ceremony

Sweetgrass smoke and winter storms haunt Barbara Robidoux’s stories.  Fierce, yet tender, her characters’ struggles with tragic legacies and invasive industries will touch your heart and bring you to the rez in all its complicated, generous glory. -  Eden Robinson, author of Traplines, Monkey Beach and others

MEDIA CONTACT: interview and photos will be provided upon request.
Trace Hentz, Blue Hand Books, - (TWITTER) @bluehandbooks
(413)258-0115 (message)

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Monday, January 30, 2017

IN THE VEINS hits Amazon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (January 31, 2017)


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). 

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

ISBN: 978-0692700334

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

5 STARS! Sweetgrass Burning

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