Guest Post: THE TRAIL OF NENABOOZHOO and Other Creation Stories

THE TRAIL OF NENABOOZHOO and Other Creation Stories by Isaac Murdoch Reviewed by MariJo Moore (Guest post) There is no better way to begin to know the nature of a nation than through their sacred stories. Among Indigenous peoples, traditional stories preserve tribal histories in epics, as well as keeping spirituality alive. Traditional storytelling is […]

Poetry Reviews: J Matthew Waters, AshiAkira, Laura Grace Weldon

“I believe the role of the poet is to reflect on human experience and the world we live in and to articulate it for oneself and others…. I think that the poet can write forcefully, using a different approach from a journalist, about subjects such as climate change, violence, abuse and mental illness and that […]

Defying US Borders, Asserting Territorial Rights | Bad Movies | Children Strike | Wayfarers and The Fork in the Road

We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.” That’s the message from communities who live with the troubled legacy of colonialism today—the descendants of Native peoples who have survived in defiance of the national divides that strafe their lands and run counter to their cultural inheritance. Such a move, (THE WALL) according to the […]

Winter Fire – And Our Mother’s Cried | Where are They? | The Worst Way to Start a City

“And Our Mothers Cried” vividly brings to life the Indian boarding school era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For several generations of Native American children, including some Chickasaws, attending boarding school meant separation from their families and indoctrination into a culture that wasn’t their own. The schools, which were guided by the infamous slogan, […]

Eliminating the Human | The amazing Laura Grace Weldon

A View from David Byrne I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has had an unspoken overarching agenda—it has been about facilitating the need for LESS human interaction. It’s not a bug—it’s a feature. We might think Amazon was about selling us books we couldn’t […]

BLOG BONUS | How Ghost Tours Often Exploit African-American History | Three Brave Men

Historian Tiya Miles’ new book “Tales from the Haunted South” takes a hard look at Southern ghost tours. University of Michigan professor and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Tiya Miles joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about “Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War Era.” MUST […]

Some book reviews! here is what i’m reading

Poetry and Book Reviews BY LT I have a few book reviews to share.  Check with your local bookseller and library for these titles: AshiAkira’s HAIKU POEMS Wise words are snapshots. In three-sentence-structures with five-seven-five syllables, in snippets of one man’s movement across the cosmos, Japanese elder AshiAkira shares 496 of these precious moments in […]

Louise Erdrich on ‘LaRose,’ and the Psychic Territory of Native Americans | In The Veins @BlueHandBooks #NoDAPL

By Lara Trace Hentz  (poet-writer) (founder of Blue Hand Books) I am remiss in mentioning I’m in the new poetry anthology IN THE VEINS (released 2-1-2017) and last year I did mention the poetry book TENDING THE FIRE by Chris Felver that is coming out in 2017.   Louise and I are both that book.  NICE! […]

CALLED HOME: The RoadMap | Why changing family patterns is our most important work

As we learned from the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study, negative childhood experiences are often kept secret, downplayed, or repressed because of our powerful desire to put such things behind us. Unfortunately, our minds and our brains don’t work that way. Patterns can play out automatically, no matter how hard we try to be original and […]

Love is the one and only answer

By Lara Trace I am going to have a poem Swallow Manifesto in the new collection TENDING THE FIRE by the famous photog Chris Felver who is in San Francisco. He came to see me and took my photo last winter.  I also read two poems for him for his video exhibit.  My prose WHAT […]

An Interview with Adoptee Author Claire Hitchon #flipthescript

Have you ever wanted something so badly it was all you could think of? All you could talk about, write about, dream about. Claire did.  She wanted a horse.  Finding Heart Horse is her journey and her search for her Heart Horse. It takes her from being “the girl most likely to succeed” to a […]

When Words Matter: An interview with poet Kim Shuck and artist Marcer Campbell

By Lara/Trace Let’s start the NEW YEAR with giving praise and voice to the poets, mystics, artists and friends who changed my life… My friend Kim Shuck is a poet, weaver, beadwork master artist (link http://www.kimshuck.com/beadwork.php ) and fellow traveler. Her ancestors were and are Tsalagi, Sauk and Fox and Polish, for the most part. She earned […]

Women: The Lifeblood of our success: Guest Post by L. Dwain Boswell

GUEST POST: Virtual Book Tour of Award-Winning Author L. Dwain Boswell,  (I Am Worth the Effort Blog) I am excited to guest post on Lara’s blog as a part of my virtual book tour. My first book, “Sex Lies & Alibis”, has proven to be helpful to more than just family and friends. Many have […]

Birthing the new book #CALLEDHOME

By Lara/Trace Break out the cigars!  We have a new baby — the brand new anthology CALLED HOME [Book Two: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects]. Whew – it took way more than nine months to make this baby! I do treat books like babies, giving them love and attention while they grow. Eventually […]

And Man Created God

Synopsis   A groundbreaking history of the age when empires used religions to become powerful and religions used empires to spread their message At the end of the first century BC, the world was full of gods. Thousands of them jostled, competed and merged with one another. In Syria ecstatic devotees castrated themselves in the […]