• Posted September 27, 2015
    RED DUST Screening Today Okc @ Paramount Theater OKC Q&A Noir Bistro & Bar UCO James Daro host
    www.reddustfilm.com
    http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kgou/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1718143

    Hope to see you there!
  • Posted September 26, 2015
    Come join us tomorrow in OKC on Film Row for a screening of short cuts from the feature film in the making. This is your project, too! Q & A to follow! Will catch you up!

    http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kgou/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1718143
    FREE and open to the public * see below for ticketing information
    Dates and Times:
    September 27, 4:00PM-6:00PM
    Add to my calendar

    Part of the University of Central Oklahoma's Passport to Native America Metro Movies Series at the Noir Bistro & Bar (formerly the Paramount, OKC), located at the corner of W. Sheridan & N. Lee in Historic Film Row near Downtown OKC

    Recent artist-in-residence Allison Adele Hedge Coke presents this profile of her father, recounting his experiences in the “dirty 30’s” Dust Bowl Era as a cotton picker, and leading up to his induction into the U.S. Army at Ft. Sill for World War II. (Co-sponsored by L.I.P.*-UCO).

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
    Venue Information
    Venue:
    Noir Bistro & Bar (formerly the Paramount, OKC)
    Address:
    701 W Sheridan
    City:
    Oklahoma City
    State:
    OK
    Zip Code:
    73102
    Country:
    United States
    Telephone:

    Venue Map:

    Presenting Organization
    Name:
    Passport to Native America
    Telephone:
    405-551-0014
    Email Address:
    jdaro@uco.edu
    Ticketing Information
    Payment Info:
    Name:
    James Daro
    Telephone:
    405-551-0014
    Email:
    jdaro@uco.edu
  • Posted November 25, 2013
    Author: Shane Brown
    See this issue of This Land Press for portrait of Dad by staff photographer and our Director of Photography, Shane Brown!
  • Posted November 12, 2013
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    Peralta, Bosque Farms & Ojo Caliente
    New Mexico shoot

    Shane Brown, Director of Photography, James Payne, Sound Engineer, Sherwin Bitsui, Location Host and Dad visiting fields and farms of yesteryear.

    We are in this midstream. Shooting in Peacock, Ft. Still, and Cloud Chief all this month.

    Thank you everyone for your support in this project. At 91, Dad is a real trooper in this. He is doing wonderfully for the moment.

    Thank you all!

    Pictures from Locations 12 & 13.
  • Posted October 23, 2013
    Location #4-9 or 10 maybe.... DP Shane Brown, Sound & Camera, James Payne. It is an Oklahoma Doc Cinematographer Shoot. We head out tomorrow and return Monday, this leg of the Red Dust journey.
  • Posted October 17, 2013
    Thank you everyone who is making this project happen. Your help brought us to production and we are now on our way. Please stay tuned for project updates and I look forward to hearing from all of you. My personal email is hedgecokeaa@gmail.com, if you ever need it. With deep gratitude and respect, yours, Allison
  • Posted October 17, 2013
    7 hours, 45 minutes remaining... still need your help to make the full budget goal tonight. We are secure in keeping all the funds and everything is tax-deductible. Please consider a second donation and or asking a friend/colleague to match you. Line of credit in film is still a perk. Check out our perks list, great items remain. Thank you all!!!
  • Posted October 16, 2013
    Fourteen hours remaining, please help me make my total budget of $26,338 today. Last day, please help me make my total budget goal of $26,338, $4701 away from goal and I really need your help. This last amount buys us a better camera and sound equipment for the entire film project. Please help me do this right! http://www.hatchfund.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted October 15, 2013
    Only $4751 away from total goal now, thank you to a donation this hour from Joe Simmons! Thank you, Joe!!!!
  • Posted October 14, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    We are $5001 away from our total project goal and have two days left to receive the fully tax-deductible funds through this campaign. Please help us reach our goal! (We have fully funded the minimum goal of $20,000, so keep all of the funds raised--all of them!) All are stipulated to direct costs, not pay for me or my dad, btw.

    Meanwhile, ran by the OKC VA to get Dad signed in for Oklahoma fall shooting period and he caught a party going on there. Having shipped out from Ft. Sill, he took advantage of the OKC offerings.
  • Posted October 14, 2013
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    Here is Jeffrey Palmer, Kiowa Sundance Film Institute Fellow Cinematography, filming Octavio Solis, USA Artist Fellow, prepping Dad for his National Steinbeck Center Grapes of Wrath documentary interview at the Oklahoma History Center a week ago. Dad in the interview, being filmed, while we filmed as well. And, the amazing, Jeffrey Palmer who agreed to step up to assist with filming Red Dust!

    We have only two days to raise the remaining $5000 for our total goal. Please encourage donations and see if you can get the word out, or donate again. We need everyone for this!

    Lots going on, so more updates will follow soon.

    Thank you everyone!!!!!!

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

  • Posted October 04, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    This weekend, Saturday, Dad has been invited to be one of the interviewees in the Grapes of Wrath documentary by the National SteinBeck Center and Octavio Solis. The amazing Sundance Fellow documentary maker, Jeffrey Palmer, has joined Red Dust and will be filming for us the same time the Steinbeck Center is documenting Dad's story. Tune in for updates and please help us raise the remaining $5028 of our total goal before the last thirteen days run out on this project. We are funded above our minimum, so keep everything!

    Please share the word. More soon!
  • Posted September 26, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    Dad, back in Oklahoma, doing well and preparing for the journey. We are just a little over $5000 from our maximum goal, so are still accepting fully tax-deductible donations through October 16th. Thank you to all of you for getting us to our minimum in time to secure the funds raised to this project! You are amazingly generous and we are exceptionally proud to have such a wonderful collective of support. Yours, Allison
  • Posted September 20, 2013
    $21,293
    Donated of $20,000 Minimum Goal.
    106% Raised
    27 Days Remaining to make the maximum goal $26338, please help us get the total remaining!
    Funded on 09/17/13. Additional donations accepted until 10/16/13.
  • Posted September 17, 2013
    Thank you all! The project scheduled fundraising has come to an end. this site remains open to donations, completely tax deductible, for the next thirty days. Thank you every single contributor! Thank you USA Projects! Thank you amazing supporter Erin! Thank you to followers and everyone with interest! We made it!
  • Posted September 17, 2013
    We thank everyone who is a part of this project now for joining us here! Two hours left on the scheduled campaign. The tax-deductible donations are now completely secure with the minimum goal reached this afternoon by a generous donor, now producer of Red Dust. Since then another $1045 has been generated toward the maximum goal of $26000 and the account remains fully open to receive toward that goal. The countdown remains open for two more hours, here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 17, 2013
    We have six hours left tonight for any accumulation toward maximum goal. We were saved by a very generous contributor who we are indebted to and her contribution today secured us this project. Once the minimum to secure was met we were given the night to raise additional matching donations toward a maximum goal of $26000. Feel free to donate now and everyone, THANK YOU for your part in this!

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
  • Posted September 16, 2013
    Everything you donate now is completely secured and we will receive all of it toward this film, book, music project in the making. Each donor is a wonderful portion of our work and our gratitude is immense! Red Dust sends a generous thank you to everyone contributing! Stay with us these last eight hours of our scheduled campaign and let's make this go as far as we can toward our maximum request amount. Thank you!!!!!! Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
  • Posted September 16, 2013
    Red Dust on ColorLines Magazine?: http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/09/documenting_the_mixed-blood_dust_bowl_experience.html Donate now: tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 16, 2013

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    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    $3800 left to raise thanks to the amazing Margaret Porter Troupe's donation his hour. We have til 11:59 tonight (California time) left to raise $3800. Please donate! Dad is here and we just stepped outside to thank everyone. Please watch this iPhone clip, containing some great news!

    Thank you, everyone, for your remarkable support!
  • Posted September 16, 2013
    Coffee break? Please donate! fifteen hours left in this scheduled campaign! tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 16, 2013
    Shout us out, please:
    Last day of scheduled campaign. We are at $15,962
    Donated of $20,000 Goal --- need $4038 today!
    79% Raised
    16:43 Hours Remaining in this Scheduled Campaign
    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 16, 2013
    Urgent! Countdown to 11:59 tonight - Scheduled Campaign Closing
    WE NEED YOU!
    We are on our scheduled countdown from now til 11:59 tonight. Please donate!

    We have raised $15,777
    We need $4223 more
    to reach our minimum goal and the clock is really ticking away.

    Please donate asap: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    and be a part of the making! Thank you!!!!!

    Diane Glancy Is our morning coffee!!! Yea!!! Thank you for your second generous donation and the bright spot if morning!!! Everyone please join her in contributing to the Red Dust Project!!! We really need you! Campaign is scheduled to close at 11:59 tonight and we still need your help to do this!

    Tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 16, 2013
    We have until 11:59 tonight, Monday September 16th, to raise the last $4,433 of the $20,000 total project minimum goal as we have now raised $15,577 thank you to all of you here! Thank you, thank you! Please find someone to match you, or consider tossing a bit more in. We can make this work, we really can. I so appreciate all the contributors here. Welcome to the Red Dust Project. Let's do this by 11:59 Monday night the final scheduled day of the project period.
  • Posted September 15, 2013
    Hi Red Dust Donors & Supporters,

    We only need $4,834 of the entire $20,000 project thanks to all of you and your terrific generosity and care.

    This is something we really believe will make a difference for audiences everywhere and are so thrilled to have you be a part of this making. The film, books (one poetry and one prose), and music being made within this project is sure to be of my most significant work and is timely (climate change) and time-limited (Dad is 91 after all). We still need your help to make this project float. We need $4,834 more, and have one more day only to raise the amount. Please help me reach my goal and please find a way to bring us to fruition.

    I am extremely grateful and entirely moved by this campaign and your part in it.

    Thank you so very very much.

    With respect and gratitude,

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
  • Posted September 15, 2013
    Lela Northcross Wakely has a pencil/charcoal artwork of "Yellowman78" Original. Any one interested- donation to Red Dust project? Facebook her! if interested in this piece of art!
  • Posted September 15, 2013
    Making a real plea here. We have one day to raise the rest of the funds on our fundraiser for the Red Dust Project.

    Dad has traveled across country, back to Oklahoma to shoot the Boise City location, where the dust began. He is 91+ so this is the time. T

    he crew is $10,000, the camera $3,000, the other $7,000 our location and travel costs for Dad to at least five sites: NC, OK (2), CO, NM, TX. We need your help. Again, my visiting position nets me $24,000 per year (after taxes) and I am co-supporting my grandkids and dad on this, so I am month to month, period.

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Carter Revard have joined the project and will be interviewed for their corresponding work on the era. Dad is a firsthand survivor of it and is a terrific storyteller with keen memory. He is already mostly blind and deaf and still fantastic on camera. This is a miracle project really. Getting this done at this time.

    Please contribute, please contribute generously. Take a look at the perk scale and come help us out. We've raised $14,499 of the $20,000 over the past month and need another $5,501 to get the amount we've already raised. You have to have all of it to make the project a success in the campaign we are on (that funded many Native writers/artists already with full fellowships, including Susan Power, Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, Edgar Heap of Birds...) Please join us today and I thank all the contributors who have already donated and will be releasing that list on Monday night when this wraps up.

    This is a major plea from us for your help. Please watch this video, and please donate so we can capture these stories from a firsthand witness who was old enough to be working already when the wind came.

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 15, 2013
    Wow, August 1st we needed $20,000 and now we only need $5571!!!! We can do this. Two days to raise the rest. Please please contribute and pass the word asking for contributions!

    tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 14, 2013
    Indigo


    Lost like last night’s blues
    leaning left, left — Indigo.

    Leavings, bits, pieces
    scrap, twine
    indigo.

    Tally counts
    penny shares.

    Indigo.

    Everyday

    indigo, indigo, indigo.

    Indigo —

    Some shirttail cousin died,
    all his pockets poked receipts
    trade tobacco, cotton, indigo.

    Blue slips
    slipping through blue seam holes
    fingered long blue in frustration,
    fidgeting.

    Slipping through the years,
    like loss laces summer sky
    indigo
    indigo.

    Indio.
    In Dios.

    Indigo.


    This poem was first pressed in North American Review and is in the new collection. One of Dad's shirttail cousins died with pockets sewn full of receipts and IOUs for his father, mother, and grandmother, including them trading handwoven denim for a plug of tobacco at the post. Some of the receipts related to cotton, some tobacco, some the three sisters and some to indigo. Here is some of that to thank all of you for your generosity thus far and for a wish we will succeed in this together. Please continue to donate and promote the red Dust Project. I need all of you and do thank you immensely. Allison (PS Dad has the receipts in this piece.)
  • Posted September 14, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    Devra M Breslow, Kate Shanley, Brenda Coultas, Laura Baily, Maria Damon, and Maria O'Connell thank you for your donations to Red Dust! You just put us almost at 69%!!! Let's hit 75% tonight! Please join them in supporting tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 13, 2013
    If we can raise an additional $1566 tonight, we will be at 75% of total project success. Please help us get there.

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 13, 2013
    67% Thanks to Jodi Melamed?!!!!! Please join Jodi and help us reach 75% tonight! We need you!!!! Love to you, Jodi, for matching yourself and donating, once again to the Red Dust Project!

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 13, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    Please help us make 75% tonight! Red Dust Project? needs your help! Three days left in this campaign and Dad here now ready, please donate! (photo at airport this morning)

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 13, 2013
    Dad just arrived in Oklahoma! Please donate and get us through this campaign successfully! I deeply appreciate all of the contributors here. I am heartily moved and thrilled to do this project ahead. Please help me make my goal and donate today. Thank you!!! See update below –

    Here is where we are upon his arrival:

    $13,334
    Donated of $20,000 Goal.
    66% Raised
    3 Days Remaining
    This project will only be funded if at least $20,000 is donated by Mon. Sep 16, 11:59pm.

    DONATE
    TO THIS PROJECT
    Donate as little as $1, or get exclusive perks for your support...
    $25 31/50 Remain
    Handwritten Thank You
    $50 32/50 Remain
    The above plus Digital Download of High Resolution Image of Your Choice from Project
    $100 7/20 Remain
    Copy of Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas & Off-Season City Pipe
    $250 11/15 Remain
    Line of Credit in the Film
    $500 4/5 Remain
    Line of Credit, Skype Conversation, Copy of Resulting Work
    $1,000 2/2 Remain
    Line of Credit, Skype Conversation, Copy of Resulting Product, Invitation to Release Reception (airfare, lodging, transportation not included)
    $2,500
    Line of Credit, Skype Conversation, Copy of Resulting Product, Invitation to Release Reception (airfare, lodging, and transportation not included), Copy of All Books Authored by Allison Hedge Coke
    $5,000 1/1 Remain
    Production Credit, Personal Meeting, Copy of Product, Invitation to Release, Invitation to Site Visit (airfare, lodging, and transportation not included)
  • Posted September 13, 2013
    $6826 remaining amount of the $20,000 we need to pay crew, locations costs, and camera for the film/book/music project Red Dust. I am at my father's 1950s one bedroom mobile home right now and we head back to Oklahoma at 5:00 a.m., so I have been offline most of the day. Unfortunately the need for timely funding doesn't stop when I am taking care of the business of putting the project together. Please contribute (or ask a friend to) over night or early Friday morning, we absolutely need you. Meanwhile, I will try to post a new video of my father tomorrow, once we return.

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful staying power and generous spirit. It is really making a difference.

    With gratitude and respect,

    Allison

  • Posted September 12, 2013
    Please help me make my goal. Counting tonight five days left of the campaign. We can do this together. Here is the goal $20,000. We are at about $13,000 right now with online and mail in donations totaled. $7000. Someone could produce at $5000 buy in our we could get it together if every person on the list here was able to have a friend contribute to match them (for those of you who have donated two/three time, much love to you) and we would be there! Help me do this and I promise to make you proud of your donation. This project is unique and worthwhile. I am flying to get Dad tomorrow night to get him prepared for the beginning shoot later this month. Please help me make this and make our dream and his pathway to tell his story of the entire era true. Please contribute again or have someone match you. You are the best people and I am greatly thankful for each and every donation here.

    Yours,

    Allison Hedge Coke
  • Posted September 11, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    Announcement! Thanks to all of you, we are now at 60% and we have five days left to get this to 100%. Please everyone, see if someone can match you, a friend, relative, colleague, foe who owes you a favor, and get the a tax-deductible charitable receipt for your doubling support to Red Dust. For those of you who've generously donated more than once--WOW!!! Thank you all and stay tuned! Let's make this campaign a success. Together we can make this project a big go! (Picture is of Dad and my older sister, Stephanie)
  • Posted September 11, 2013
    Breathing

    For weeks we inhaled the dead
    scent the same, financier or footman,
    and like moths all rested on sills,
    searched for light.

    1st published in Gargoyle Magazine/Paycock Press by Richard Peabody and coming out in Streaming, Coffee House Press
  • Posted September 11, 2013
    Please donate today! We need your help to make this work! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. You are all amazing and welcome to the project!



    tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 11, 2013
    We have five days left on the Red Dust Project Campaign. We need you help. Please donate today.
  • Posted September 10, 2013
    Red Dust salutes, Jessie Lopex de la Cruz, who has taken her journey. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/jessie-lopez-de-la-cruz_n_3869715.html
  • Posted September 10, 2013
    Red Dust Bowl Project
    Film, Literature, Music Project
    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    With $8294 online and $2800 in Friday's fundraising celebration contributions and $350 in mailed in pledges, (mailed in already), our total amount raised this far is $11,444.

    I have six days to raise the other $8,556 to fulfill our $20,000 goal and I truly need your help.
  • Posted September 10, 2013
    It is the birthday of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a phenomenal woman, who has agreed to be interviewed for our film/book/music project Red Dust. Please read more about her here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxanne_Dunbar-Ortiz, here: http://www.reddirtsite.com/, and here: http://www.reddirtsite.com/bk-red-1.htm and please donate to Red Dust here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood and send Ms. Dunbar-Ortiz a salute for her birthday!
  • Posted September 09, 2013
    Why I chose USA Artists Projects:

    75% success USA Artists Projects
    44% success Kickstarter
    9.9 success Indiegogo

    The USA Artists Fellowships and other projects are directly enhanced with any unsuccessful campaigns. Each year they fund 50 people at $50,000 each, nationwide, without any application on their part other than accepting nomination and detailing a project they could use the $50000 for, including LeAnne Howe, Crane Retreat Fellow from the retreat I direct on the Platte River. They always fund Native artists/writers each year. Here is their page: http://www.unitedstatesartists.org

    As far as the fee:
    There is a button that you click that changes the processing fee from 15% down to 5% on all donations, that is so they don't charge the artist for the credit card fee.

    USA Artists Projects invites fellows of various institutions (in my case MacDowell) to use their site instead of Kickstarer or Indiegogo.

    With your donation(s) and with checks already mailed in/pledged, we now only need $8756 remaining of the $20,000 total and we have a week to go. Please double up your donation today, or ask a friend to match you and please help me raise this $8756 in the next seven days for a $20000 total campaign!

    Respectfully and with gratitude!

    Allison
  • Posted September 09, 2013

    Dear Friends, Colleagues, Heroes, Contributors,

    Film, Literature, Music Project
    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    With $7869 online and $2800 in Friday's fundraising celebration contributions (mailed in yesterday), our total amount raised this far is $10,669.

    I have eight days to raise the other $9331 and I truly need your help.

    As you will note in the film clip, while others killed themselves, Dad and his siblings, were instructed to "not get excited about" what they were living with. The example set by his parents, both Native/mixed raced and born in 1978 and 1982, set him up to be a person who would not only get through it but go on to work in environmental protection for his lifetime. Additionally, his labor in the cotton fields as a day laborer, migrant worker, is firsthand experience of this way of life.

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Red Dirt) and Carter Revard (Winning the Dust Bowl) have both agreed to be involved as interviewees in the work. We have an all Native film crew ready to begin and I am traveling this week to go get my dad and, once again, return him to where he was when the Dust Bowl began.

    Dad is 91, this is timely, he is committed to the project, and as you can see an exemplary subject for the base of this film. We hope to begin shooting and recording his oral history of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and onset of WWII to look at resiliency in climate change and cultural nuances of survival, as soon as possible.

    We live humbly and that is just fine with us, we never had much, don't need much, Dad on limited thirty year old retirement pension and I am on a visiting position that nets $24000 annually whereas I cover my self and several of my grandkids needs, but a project of this magnitude cost money to make. Here is the breakdown:

    $10000 is crew costs, including day salary, lodging, food, and travel costs
    $3000 for the Bolex camera
    $7000 for Dad's transportation to and from his place to the sets in several locations (Boise City, Ft. Sill, Cloud Chief, Guthrie) and my direct cost to be there, too

    That's it. A low-budget shoot for a high return in film, book, and music creative product.

    I hope that you will come aboard and help me make this project goal. I have eight days. I need you today.

    All donations are completely tax-deductible and you receive the email receipt says so in about a half hour after you donate here: https://www.usaprojects.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/1379

    Please watch the film here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    Then donate generously here: https://www.usaprojects.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/1379

    I have worked for the past month to raise the first $10000 plus and have exhausted my own resources. Please chip in and get a few people to match you. I don't want to lost the money we have already raised, so I need to make this goal.

    Dad is coming this week, ready to shoot. My mom died recently, his wife of 62 years, he is mourning and, well, we need to get this done.

    You have my deepest respect and gratitude for reading this, watching our clip, and when you donate you will allow me to do the most significant work of my creative life. Please help me do this.

    Please help us reach our goal, get a tax deductible charitable contribution in and help us make this once in a lifetime film/book project. He is 91 and the clock is ticking.

    With appreciation and hope,

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
    405-888-1574
  • Posted September 08, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    Thank you supporters/contributors! Red Dust is being made by you! $9506 to go! Eight days left! Please consider doubling your donation to get us there, or having a friend match you!
    Thea Temple, Randye Hedgecoke, Andrea Beth Damsky, Mark Lewis Glickman, Cindy Fissel Judith


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    Martha Viehmann
    Lynne Shapiro
    Daniel Cross Turner
    Deborah Sibner
    Natalia Trevino
    Eric Anderson
    Matthew Hartwiger
    John Tribble
    Kenneth Larsen
    Carol Dorf
    Jim Wilson
    Lynne
    Kimberly
    Diane Elliott
  • Posted September 08, 2013
    Counting fundraiser celebration intake, we have $10319 for the goal of $20000 over the next eight days. I need your help to do this! Thank you, Carol Dorf! Welcome to the Red Dust Project! tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 08, 2013
    Please secure the Red Dust Project with another donation today. Eight days to raise the rest and we can't do it without your help. If everyone here doubled up, or got a friend to match them, we would have the entire amount as another $2800 is already raised and was mailed into USA Projects yesterday, so will be posted soon.
    tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 07, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    I have less than two weeks left to raise ($9869) funds for my film crew for the film/media/literature/music project: Red Dust. The urgency? Dad is 91 years old. My mother, his wife of 62 years took her journey last winter and in looking for some purpose in life, he finally agreed to allow me to document his firsthand oral history of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and his leaving for WWII service. At 91, he actually worked during the era specific, as a migrant worked and day laborer in cotton fields at a penny a pound. This is not secondhand investigation or theory, this is the oral history and narrative of the day. He is a vital source, who has never enjoyed attention, or cameras, and is tremendous on film.

    Additionally, he was so moved by the climate change, by the dust bowl that preceded it (rarely spoken of) and by his parents’ resiliency and ability to change, grow and shift (born in 1878 and 1882), and by his own remarkable journey, he spent his career following WWII as an environmental protection scientist creating a pathway for sustainability and preservation that was rarely achieved in the Native community in his era. He is a national bronze medalist in the sciences and his work is still cited at the UN, though he retired thirty years ago at the normal age of retirement.

    He was raised with traditional knowledge, his mother was, literally, a healer and midwife, and he incorporated it throughout his career. He is a terrific storyteller and thinker and has much to offer to the discussion of resiliency and as a chronicler of the times Native experience has sadly been nearly omitted from though the best Lange portraits were of Cherokee migrant (cotton & pea) workers. Voiceless, they are our vision of that day.

    As my parents, and theirs, have always been the crux of my work dedicated to labor, to the environment, to preservation and protection of sites and tradition, to those held in institutions, to those suffering deprivation, to my active engagement in the world, and as my father taught us to withstand full-blown schizophrenia my mother suffered throughout our childhood, he is, for me, and many others, a real guidepost of insight into the philosophy of resilience, of change, of reason and his words and presence are worthy of preservation not only for the project but for all future audience ahead.

    The project goes to five states: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas (Arkansas, if we can get there, too) to visit each site the family lived while moving for work in the fields following the longstanding tradition of agricultural tradition, all along having their own traditionally cultivated corn, squash, and beans planted at each site they worked for their own food. This is significant in a vast number of ways and the film delivers this and more. We are also set to interview the few remaining survivors he knows along the way and other Native elders, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Carter Revard have agreed to be interviewed, as well, as they have been, up to this point, the premier people in the Dust Bowl conversation, yet no one has a film with oral history involving a firsthand survivor who was old enough to be in the labor force at its onset.

    Please help me make this film.

    I am already writing the books’ contents and have been at work on this for several years; while shooting I have access to him dialing and this will surely speed that process along. We plan to begin shooting in three weeks, while the weather holds and before it freezes as he cannot tolerate triple digits or below freezing much at all at 91. I need your help now as our project time for fundraising ends in a couple of weeks. Thus far, I have used my Facebook pages wholly to fundraise and have $5000 plus in hand, 25% of the amount we need to pay the crew and pay for the location costs and camera. We are not making any money in this campaign. It is all directly related to costs. With two weeks left and three from our start date, I must reach out to you and ask you to contribute what you can, I have perks at all levels and need sponsorship across the board. Ask three to ten people to match you immediately and please speak to potential larger funders to ask them to make a plea to their contacts and to consider coming in at the $2500 to $5000 level whereas they receive credit as producers of the film. A few of these and we would be solvent. If any entity is in your reach please go to them as well and ask for contributing support.

    This is completely tax-deductible and hosted by an agency that already stipends a few Native writer/artists every year under their fellowship program.

    I do not have time to pursue a grant as an individual as we need to shoot now while Dad is coherent (sharp as a tack) and can get around. He lost his sight completely when Mom died this year, is deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other from the war, and is a stroke and heart attack victim already, so we need to get to this while he is able, able minded and able bodied to get to the sites and do the work it takes to create a worthy film on the times and what this means today.

    I have a dream team of all Native/Native descent film crew: Royce Sharp (Osage), Tvli Jacob (Creek), Shane Brown (Cherokee) and have a terrific editor as well, Vinnie Hogan (who helped with the pitch reel you can watch on the site). I want to pay them scale and treat them right and pay their travel and lodging and the camera and thus this project campaign is necessary for this.
    Please investigate the site, please donate today, as much as you can, I really need your help and please speak to others who can help, who need tax write offs and care about oral history from a real source. This is significant work and I need you in the project. I welcome you to join us in this historic movement and in the production of what is sure to be a great documentary.

    Please watch this reel and donate to my campaign. Every dollar counts and is completely tax deductible! We cannot make this happen without your support. Click on the link to:

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
    We had a fundraising celebration last night at Constance Squires place and raised an additional 2800, so the amount showing on the page does not reflect those checks gathered. They are in the mail to USA Artists Projects today though and will be there soon. So now need $9869 from our original $20000 goal. Please donate generously realizing all of it is completely tax deductible through the charitable organization USA Artists Projects.

    Please blog, tweet, and motivate the project as without your help, I won’t have the money to pay the crew and location costs. Dad is on an extremely limited income (having retired at the amount of pension thirty years ago). I support several of my grandkids and my full-time university salary is $40,000 gross (and cannot deduct the grandkids as they live with their father, a single parent of four). So, there really is no money on the side for anything. I need support to make this happen, while there is time. Please help.

    If you have already donated, please double it if you can and we will already be ready to go! You have taken me this far and I hope you will lead me through this portion to see the light of the planned shoot. Let's do this!

    Sgido, hawa, I thank you!

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    Look at the video and list of perks and they will send you the tax deductible statement within a half hour of donation.

    USA Projects
    5757 Wilshire Blvd Ste 580
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Federal Tax ID: 27-3555175

    Questions? Call 323-857-5857, Erin

    *The host site was chosen because it is completely tax deductible. USA Projects is a non-profit crowd-funding site for artists. Unlike other crowd-funding sites, USA Projects is 100% free for artists. What does this mean? When an artist successfully reaches their minimum fundraising goal they get to keep 100% of the funds raised. In order to maintain this platform, USA Projects asks you, the donor, to make a minimum 5% additional donation to USA Projects as well as an additional 5% donation to help cover credit card processing. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

    http://www.edmondsun.com/local/x1253334441/Artist-in-residence-documents-Dust-Bowl

    http://broncho2.uco.edu/press/prdetail.asp?NewsID=15951

    http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/2013/08/project-needs-helpred-dust-mixed-blood.html

    http://sync.democraticunderground.com/1018470892

    http://moonlady.com/red-dust-a-mixed-blood-dust-bowl-childhood-support-this-native-american-local-film/

    http://terratrevor.blogspot.com/2013/08/red-dust-mixed-blood-dust-bowl.html

    http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4639381-consider-supporting-red-dust-a-mixed-blood-dust-bowl-childhood

    http://www.frequency.com/video/red-dust-mixed-blood-dust-bowl-childhood/112255248/-/5-7226432

    http://www.kcscfm.com/programs/spotlight-on-the-arts/

    http://puhah.net/a/1813383

    http://www.writersgarret.org
  • Posted September 07, 2013
    Great news and request of donors:

    Due to the fundraising celebration at the home of Constance Squires & Stephen Garrison, and the checks I am mailing in from that event, we have $9869 left to raise now. The amount on the host page reflects the amount USA Artist Project has received. The online program, for whatever reason had a glitch last night, so donors wrote checks and those need to be mailed in. As of this morning the above amount is what is left for our project goal minimum amount.

    This means, if everyone, who has already donated, doubled their amount today, we would be completely at our goal and ready to begin.

    I pick up Dad this Friday and bring him back to Oklahoma (hopefully this weekend is the last triple digit time as we are going to be there again today and his is really better off a bit cooler at 91).

    Help me make his dream come true, to tell his story while we have the time and to begin the larger dialogue of what this means in the face of climate change, resiliency, perspective, philosophy, and cultural education. Red Dust is a mixed-blood Dust Bowl childhood and covers the Great Depression era and the onset of WW II as well, and more. This is, we believe, a significant work, and due to the timeliness and time-limited situation with the documentary we need those reels shot as soon as possible this fall.

    Please help me get this done and get our project on the road.

    First stop: Boise City, where it all began.

    You have my deep gratitude and respect and I solidly welcome you all to this project!

    Respectfully,

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
  • Posted September 07, 2013
    In addition to what is posted online, I have checks and pledges from the fundraiser tonight for $2800, so we are now (once received at USA Projects) at 50% of our goal and have the remaining $10,000 to raise in ten days. Please, I need you now more than ever, please give generously to the Red Dust Project and let's make this film. I bring Dad to Oklahoma on Friday the 13th to get him prepared to begin, so in one week he is on the ground here. Ten days to our target date. Great time to come in as producer but we need you at every level. I have sincere thanks to give several people tonight and will tally up names to post below.

    I am thrilled and full of gratitude. Thank you for donating to Red Dust!

    Great fundraiser tonight at the home of Oklahoma Book Award novelist, Constance Squires, and author, Stephen Garrison. Thank you all!!!!!

    Thank you, Juanita Pahdopony?, Annette Arkeketa, Al Turner & wife, Kato and Mary Gen Fjelstad-Buss?, Timothy Bradford?, Rain Gomez?, Tee Shawnee?, Susan Henry Clark?, Terry Clark, Jeffrey Palmer, Lilly Shangreaux, and Dan BigBee, Vickie Dennis, Kit Givens, Terri Black, Connie Squires, Stephen Garrison, and the greatest Nora!!!!!!! All attended the party and with online gifts tonight from Martha Viehmann, Brenda Hillman and Barbara Crooker.... we are at 50%!
  • Posted September 06, 2013
    Come join us today in Edmond from 5-7 pm for a presentation on the Red Dust Project with wine and cheese at the home of Oklahoma Book Award novelist Constance Squires and author Stephen Garrison! https://www.facebook.com/events/157126227821168/
  • Posted September 06, 2013
    Red Dust still needs your support. We need $12,900 more in ten days time. Please donate generously today and become a part of history in the making: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 06, 2013
    Thank you, cousin, Roy White for your contribution to Red Dust and thank you both Carter Revard and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz? for agreeing to interviews as a part of our film/literature project! I am thrilled and full of gratitude!
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    Author: Allison hedge Coke
    I am so absolutely full of gratitude for your support and donations!

    At 35% of total goal, I know this can happen.

    I am moved so greatly, I am adding in services in manuscript preparation at the $2500 level, up, and manuscript evaluation at the $1000 level, up, for the next week ahead. If you know anyone who has a book project they would like to see find publication, please let them know that I am adding in these perks at those levels and will keep the existing perks offered below as well.

    Encourage people to match and surpass your donation and let them know all donations, no matter the size, are appreciated and are completely tax deductible!

    Exclusive perks for your support...
    $25 39/50 Remain
    Handwritten Thank You
    $50 39/50 Remain
    The above plus Digital Download of High Resolution Image of Your Choice from Project
    $100 11/20 Remain
    Copy of Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas & Off-Season City Pipe
    $250 11/15 Remain
    Line of Credit in the Film
    $500 5/5 Remain
    Line of Credit, Skype Conversation, Copy of Resulting Work
    $1,000 2/2 Remain
    Line of Credit, Skype Conversation, Copy of Resulting Product, Invitation to Release Reception (airfare, lodging, transportation not included)
    $2,500
    Line of Credit, Skype Conversation, Copy of Resulting Product, Invitation to Release Reception (airfare, lodging, and transportation not included), Copy of All Books Authored by Allison Hedge Coke
    $5,000 1/1 Remain
    Production Credit, Personal Meeting, Copy of Product, Invitation to Release, Invitation to Site Visit (airfare, lodging, and transportation not included)
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    Please help me make this film http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood.

    My career began in music, film, stage (performing, directing, and writing script and art) before Bill died (and I retreated into poetry & creative writing). I am making my return to my early career roots for this special, cumulative work.
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    “To drive up the price of beef back east. They slaughtered the livestock. We had milk and short horned cattle, the government bought them all up, except for one old cow and one crippled calf, they let us have, if we’d kill it. I guess they killed all of them.” R. L. HedgeCoke
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    "Please watch this reel and donate to my campaign. Every dollar counts and is completely tax deductible! We cannot make this happen without your support. Click on the link to donate http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood.";
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    We are at 34%. Please join us and help me make my goal. Here are people I am celebrating tonight! (Plus some anonymous...) Sponsors include:


    Thea Temple, Randye Hedgecoke, Andrea Beth Damsky, Mark Lewis Glickman, Cindy Fissel


    Dorothy O’Connell
    Sarah Goodsave
    Jodi Melamed
    Jennifer Foerster
    Diane Glancy
    Terry Blackhawk
    em jollie
    David Atkinson
    Scott Owens
    Diane Zephier
    Arlene Biala
    Michele Leavitt
    Celeste Gainey
    Leslie Althela
    Susan Bernardin
    Jan Priddy
    Jackie Fox
    John Hickman
    Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
    Susan Clark
    Chip Livingston
    Ruby Murray
    Hannah Thomassen
    Marilyn nelson
    Siobhan Marks
    Margaret Troupe
    Andrew Schelling
    Jeffery Darensbourg
    Juanita Pahdopony-Mithlo
    Bette Husted
    Anonymous
    Bill Campbell
    Glenda Bailey-Mershon
    Kimberly
    Malaika
    Constance Squires
    Travis Hedge Coke
    Theodore Van Alst
    Steve Buzzard
    Bob Holman
    Natalia Trevino
    Loni Taylor
    Nabeela Sheikh
    Robin Yaklin
    Janelle Yates
    Joseph Simmons
    Debbie Brinkofski
    Sally Shelton
    Anonymous
    Russel Rowland
    Justin Lightfoot Bigos
    Gloria Chacon
    Clint Carroll
    Jack Cassidy
    Sara Sams
    Deborah Marton
    Tess Bromme
    Leah Sewell
    Eric Tucker
    Nicole Peryfitte
    Carmen Nava
    Valeriz Herzig
    Lisa Duncan
    Laura Bailey
    LeAnne Howe
    David Rafsky
    Bill Wetzel
    Mica Valdez
    John Lane
    Lisa Delaune
    Lisa Sandlin
    Katha Pollitt
    Michael McDermott
    Simon K. Ortiz
    Stephen Parry
    Howard Clark
    Octavio Solis
    Charlene Donaghy
    Angela Penaredondo
    Amanda Jane Pellett
    Amelia Currier
    Kari Easton
    devra m breslow
    Suzanne Lacy
    Frances Kaye
    Deborah Shouse
    David Atkinson
    Sherwin Bitsui
    Heid Erdrich
    Tess Mulrooney
    Stephanie Griest
    Jennifer & Jack Collom
    Elinor Nauen
    Kim Pence
    Jamie Ross
    Shelley Niro
    Fred Arroyo
    Cari Carpenter
    Lee Ann Roripaugh
    Kathryn Conrad
    Brandy Nalani McDougall
    Craig Santos Perez
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    34% Thank you Brandy Nalani McDougall!!!!!! Brandy Nalani McDougall?, your generous gift of support to the Red Dust Project moves my heart! Thank you!!! Thank you everyone!!!!! Welcome to the midst here! tinyurl.com/reddustproject
  • Posted September 05, 2013
    33%!!!!! If each donor has two matches we will be there!
    Who can match you? Help me make my goal by donating
    and bringing in matches to donate alongside you! Together
    we can make this happen!
  • Posted September 04, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    See the shirt dad is wearing, at fifteen, with sleeves made to protect hands reaching into the cotton boll and flour sack put to good use for sun repelling clothing. This was Dad then. Ready to pick for a penny a pound because it was a penny he didn't have without picking other people's cotton.

    In honor of my dad, and of everyone's contributions, a bit of poetry from the Red Dust Project for all of you:


    Cotton


    Standing stooped, walking rows
    quicker than those dropped to knees

    crawling on dry ground, kneeling,
    kneebone wearing earth,
    earth wearing kneebone,
    neither better for the wear
    on those too big, or too weak to stand.

    Stoop labor in cotton
    carries more weight to field end.

    Cotton cupped pricked bolls
    require finesse, proper pick.

    Oblige ordinary people
    extraordinary extreme effort.

    Grandpa Vaughan playing Pitch
    with the farrier, his heart out long before
    Dad was ten. Playing Pitch — cards —
    while Granny and their kids

    picked the fields — clean,
    choked on dust, dusted themselves,

    boll held green to split prongs
    calling for clever

    get in, pull out
    without cutting fingertips wide open.

    Walking on knees,
    or walking bent

    dust, insects, sweat
    cotton, cotton, cotton —

    Until the owner offered
    watermelon at wind up

    — if he was a good man.
  • Posted September 03, 2013
    Please watch this reel and donate to my campaign. Every dollar counts and is completely tax deductible! We cannot make this happen without your support. Click on the link to donate http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted September 03, 2013
    Friends, colleagues, supporters, heroes of mine,

    I have two weeks to raise funds for my film/media/literature/music project: Red Dust. The urgency? Dad is 91 years old. My mother, his wife of 62 years took her journey last winter and in looking for some purpose in life, he finally agreed to allow me to document his firsthand oral history of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression and his leaving for WWII service. At 91, he actually worked during the era specific, as a migrant worked and day laborer in cotton fields at a penny a pound. This is not secondhand investigation or theory, this is the oral history and narrative of the day. He is a vital source, who has never enjoyed attention, or cameras, and is tremendous on film.

    Additionally, he was so moved by the climate change, by the dust bowl that preceded it (rarely spoken of) and by his parents’ resiliency and ability to change, grown and shift (born in 1878 and 1882), and by his own remarkable journey, he spent his career following WWII as an environmental protection scientist creating a pathway for sustainability and preservation that was rarely achieved in the Native community in his era. He is a national bronze medalist in the sciences and his work is still cited at the UN, though he retired thirty years ago at the normal age of retirement.

    He was raised with traditional knowledge, his mother was, literally, a healer and midwife, and he incorporated it throughout his career. He is a terrific storyteller and thinker and has much to offer to the discussion of resiliency and as a chronicler of the times Native experience has sadly been nearly omitted from though the best Lange portraits were of Cherokee migrant (cotton & pea) workers. Voiceless, they are our vision of that day.

    As my parents, and theirs, have always been the crux of my work dedicated to labor, to the environment, to preservation and protection of sites and tradition, to those held in institutions, to those suffering deprivation, to my active engagement in the world, and as my father taught us to withstand full-blown schizophrenia my mother suffered throughout our childhood, he is, for me, and many others, a real guidepost of insight into the philosophy of resilience, of change, of reason and his words and presence are worthy of preservation not only for the project but for all future audience ahead.

    The project goes to five states: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas (Arkansas, if we can get there, too) to visit each site the family lived while moving for work in the fields following the longstanding tradition of agricultural tradition, all along having their own traditionally cultivated corn, squash, and beans planted at each site they worked for their own food. This is significant in a vast number of ways and the film delivers this and more. We are also set to interview the few remaining survivors he knows along the way and other Native elders, and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has agreed to be interviewed and we are inviting Carter Revard, as well, as they have been, up to this point, the premier people in the Dust Bowl conversation, yet no one has a film with oral history involving a firsthand survivor who was old enough to be in the labor force at its onset.

    Please help me make this film.

    I am already writing the books’ contents and have been at work on this for several years; while shooting I have access to him dialing and this will surely speed that process along. We plan to begin shooting in three weeks, while the weather holds and before it freezes as he cannot tolerate triple digits or below freezing much at all at 91. I need your help now as our project time for fundraising ends in a couple of weeks. Thus far, I have used my Facebook pages wholly to fundraise and have $5000 plus in hand, 25% of the amount we need to pay the crew and pay for the location costs and camera. We are not making any money in this campaign. It is all directly related to costs. With two weeks left and three from our start date, I must reach out to you and ask you to contribute what you can, I have perks at all levels and need sponsorship across the board. Ask three to ten people to match you immediately and please speak to potential larger funders to ask them to make a plea to their contacts and to consider coming in at the $2500 to $5000 level whereas they receive credit as producers of the film. A few of these and we would be solvent. If any entity is in your reach please go to them as well and ask for contributing support.

    This is completely tax-deductible and hosted by an agency that already stipends a few Native writer/artists every year under their fellowship program.

    I do not have time to pursue a grant as an individual as we need to shoot now while Dad is coherent (sharp as a tack) and can get around. He lost his sight completely when Mom died this year, is deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other from the war, and is a stroke and heart attack victim already, so we need to get to this while he is able, able minded and able bodied to get to the sites and do the work it takes to create a worthy film on the times and what this means today.

    I have a dream team of all Native/Native descent film crew: Royce Sharp (Osage), Tvli Jacob (Creek), Shane Brown (Cherokee) and have a terrific editor as well, Vinnie Hogan (who helped with the pitch reel you can watch on the site). I want to pay them scale and treat them right and pay their travel and lodging and the camera and thus this project campaign is necessary for this.

    Please investigate the site, please donate today, as much as you can, I really need your help and please speak to others who can help, who need tax write offs and care about oral history from a real source. This is significant work and I need you in the project. I welcome you to join us in this historic movement and in the production of what is sure to be a great documentary.

    Please watch this reel and please help me reach my goal:

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    Please blog, tweet, and motivate the project as without your help, I won’t have the money to pay the crew and location costs. Dad is on an extremely limited income (having retired at the amount of pension thirty years ago). I support several of my grandkids and my fulltime university salary is $40,000 gross (and cannot deduct the grandkids as they live with their father, a single parent of four). So, there really is no money on the side for anything. I need support to make this happen, while there is time. Please help.

    Sgido, hawa, I thank you!

    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    Look at the video and list of perks and they will send you the tax deductible statement within a half hour of donation.

    USA Projects
    5757 Wilshire Blvd Ste 580
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Federal Tax ID: 27-3555175

    Questions? Call 323-857-5857, Erin

    *The host site was chosen because it is completely tax deductible. USA Projects is a non-profit crowd-funding site for artists. Unlike other crowd-funding sites, USA Projects is 100% free for artists. What does this mean? When an artist successfully reaches their minimum fundraising goal they get to keep 100% of the funds raised. In order to maintain this platform, USA Projects asks you, the donor, to make a minimum 5% additional donation to USA Projects as well as an additional 5% donation to help cover credit card processing. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

    http://m.edmondsun.com/edmondsun/pm_112618/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=jvP82nfq

    http://broncho2.uco.edu/press/prdetail.asp?NewsID=15951

    http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/2013/08/project-needs-helpred-dust-mixed-blood.html

    http://sync.democraticunderground.com/1018470892

    http://moonlady.com/red-dust-a-mixed-blood-dust-bowl-childhood-support-this-native-american-local-film/

    http://terratrevor.blogspot.com/2013/08/red-dust-mixed-blood-dust-bowl.html

    http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4639381-consider-supporting-red-dust-a-mixed-blood-dust-bowl-childhood

    http://www.frequency.com/video/red-dust-mixed-blood-dust-bowl-childhood/112255248/-/5-7226432

    http://www.kcscfm.com/programs/spotlight-on-the-arts/

    http://puhah.net/a/1813383

    http://www.writersgarret.org



  • Posted September 03, 2013
    Kaolin

    From dust comes dysentery;
    comes dysentery cures
    from clay.

    White, red lingerings
    linings for belly stops.

    Kaolin, Kaolin
    light gray clay
    softly soothing
    all else matters.

    From dust we may
    to dust return, slip,
    all the while soothing
    itself – Kaolin.
  • Posted September 02, 2013
    Please join us Friday September 6th from 5-7 at the home of Oklahoma Book Award Novelist Constance Squires and Stephen Garrison, author to celebrate fundraising for the Red Dust Project (see flyer for details, click on pdf link for copy to post) RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/reddustfundraiser

  • Posted September 02, 2013
    From the poetry accompanying the film:

    Against the Barrel


    It was here against the barn, against the barrel, Dad, as a boy, tipped forward
    leaning into something double-cocked to split-ease his pain.

    Sam upon him daily, riding ridicule, hanging wooden signs upon his shoulders:
    “Cheap Indian Labor For Sale.”
    He was not for sale. This, at nine, he knew.

    Here, he'd thought of his sister, Rose, Rose, Sam had tried to trade
    for a boot hook, in the days boot hooks were cheap, common.
    Contemplating reason he might let go—
    Here
    he considered the changeling, Sam, all the siblings certain he was
    placed within their nest as though a brother. Here, against the barrel steel, he
    deliberated his fury, his grasp, leaned
    a little further into openness there, split shot sequencing—

    Luckily Lucy, his hero-sister, came around this corner,
    cried to him, “Don’t, ‘cause I won’t stop you, so they’ll just blame me.”

    She knew his passion, knew his wrongings, knew decision—not.
    Knew without her he would soon go right out of this world.

    Instead, she sat with him while they pretended not to cry.
    Stilled him.

    So we could pass here knowing, right here in this dust, she delivered him to us.
    So we could pass here thinking of our father, his boyhood shame.
    So we could pass here—
    pass—here—against every Sam Scratch—
    Pick up the long barrel, lean in, put it back down.

  • Posted August 30, 2013
    "I never asked you to be a rock. Be a willow. Give with things, be supple, and regain your shape." R. L. HedgeCoke
  • Posted August 30, 2013
    Please help me reach my goal for this project. It is the most meaningful work I have done thus far and I need your help. Ask people you know to match you and see about helping me find some major sponsors at the producer per level. A few would do it! Thank you to all who have contributes thus far, including: Dorothy O’Connell
    Sarah Goodsave
    Jodi Melamed
    Jennifer Foerster
    Diane Glancy
    Terry Blackhawk
    em jollie
    David Atkinson
    Scott Owens
    Diane Zephier
    Arlene Biala
    Michele Leavitt
    Celeste Gainey
    Leslie Althela
    Susan Bernardin
    Jan Priddy
    Jackie Fox
    John Hickman
    Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
    Susan Clark
    Chip Livingston
    Ruby Murray
    Hannah Thomassen
    Marilyn nelson
    Siobhan Marks
    Margaret Troupe
    Andrew Schelling
    Jeffery Darensbourg
    Juanita Pahdopony-Mithlo
    Bette Husted
    Anonymous
    Bill Campbell
    Glenda Bailey-Mershon
    Kimberly
    Malaika
    Constance Squires
    Travis Hedge Coke
    Theodore Van Alst
    Steve Buzzard
    Bob Holman
    Natalia Trevino
    Loni Taylor
    Nabeela Sheikh
    Robin Yaklin
    Janelle Yates
    Joseph Simmons
    Debbie Brinkofski
    Sally Shelton
    Anonymous
    Russel Rowland
    Justin Lightfoot Bigos
    Gloria Chacon
    Clint Carroll
    Jack Cassidy
    Sara Sams
    Deborah Marton
    Tess Bromme
    Leah Sewell
    Eric Tucker
    Nicole Peryfitte
    Carmen Nava
    Valeriz Herzig
    Lisa Duncan
    Laura Bailey
    LeAnne Howe
    and some anonymous donors. I thank you deeply and ask for your help. Allison Hedge Coke
  • Posted August 29, 2013
    "The friction of the dust particles on themselves, they'd screech an unearthly sound. There's be this screaming sound going for hours. Some people went absolutely nuts...... some of the women, especially, went berserk, killed their children, then themselves. My dad kept telling us everything has a natural explanation, don't get excited about it." Bob HedgeCoke (example of Native resiliency in the Dust Bowl.) Please help me in my search to understand the era of cataclysmic environmental change and our cultural resiliency in the face there of. Please donate to the Red Dust project.
  • Posted August 29, 2013
    Thinking about the importance of the era... The environmental shift (and damage) was huge. Any time the impact of humanity on the environment creates this amount of damage, one must look to it for all effects of the impact, including how to survive it and how not to repeat it.

    There was a dust bowl that preceded this one at the end of the 19th century. Ignoring it, despite its effect, led up to the threads of the beginning of the one from the 30s. The great American savannah has never been the same. Knowing the diversity of this original place is keen to our effort to rekindle a portion of that. We must. Ever wonder why your Oklahoma pad grass won't feed your horses healthily in this area? Look here.

    When the dust came everything that preceded it environmentally was gone. Additionally the labor of the era is important to remember. The migration of peoples. All of it, central to what we are dealing with today in the US and globally. The seed of it is also here.

    Dad not only lived it he went on to become an environmental scientist at the early EPA. His Native perspective heavily inspired his environmental work and is integral to this project.
  • Posted August 28, 2013
    New Facebook Page for Red Dust! https://www.facebook.com/reddustfundraiser
  • Posted August 28, 2013
    http://tinyurl.com/reddustwritersgarret

    Writer's Garret has started up the membership drive sponsoring the Red Dust project. Please consider joining Writer's Garret and please click the link for a portion of your membership fee to go to support Red Dust!
  • Posted August 23, 2013
    http://broncho2.uco.edu/press/prdetail.asp?NewsID=15951
    UCO Promotes Red Dust
    UCO Artist in Residence Partners with USA Projects to Fund Film on Father's Dust Bowl Era Experience
    UCO Artist in Residence Allison Hedge Coke

    Aug. 23, 2013

    Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2103, anobles@uco.edu

    (Editor’s Note: The last name of the father and daughter differ in format. The father put both together to reflect it as a complete last name; the daughter chose to leave it two words.)

    UCO ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PARTNERS WITH USA PROJECTS TO FUND DOCUMENTARY ON FATHER’S DUST BOWL ERA EXPERIENCE

    Robert HedgeCoke remembers the screech of dust particles violently blowing against each other as the wind swept down the plains near Boise City, Okla. He describes it as an unearthly sound that would go on for hours.

    “My father said not to worry about it…it was just a family banshee,” he jokingly recalled.

    The 91-year-old is one of the few remaining who can offer a firsthand account of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. His daughter, University of Central Oklahoma Artist in Residence Allison Hedge Coke, is intent on capturing and sharing his story through a documentary film titled “Red Dust.”

    She recently partnered with USA Projects to raise the funds needed to complete the film. USA Projects is a microphilanthropy site that assists accomplished artists in securing funding for their work. The site hosts a page where accepted artists can promote their project directly to an engaged online community. The public can give as little as $1 or as much as they would like and can receive a tax deduction. Artists set their own fundraising goal and deadline, but do not receive any funding if they do not reach their goal by the set date. Hedge Coke hopes to raise $20,000 by Sept. 16.

    “I am setting out to document my father’s history while he is still able to contribute effectively. My dad, and the few remaining survivors like him, lived it, and their oral history is exceedingly unique and necessary to our understanding of the time,” Hedge Coke said.

    Funds raised through USA Projects will support location, travel and crew costs. She plans to travel with her father to many of the places he lived during the era, including Boise City, Okla., Baca County, Colo., Peralta, N.M., and Peacock, Texas. The film will end at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Okla. where her father was processed for his service in World War II, which, as Hedge Coke put it, ended his youth, as he knew it.

    The title, “Red Dust,” is a nod to her family’s Native American and mixed blood ancestry. Hedge Coke added that though many Native and mixed ancestry peoples experienced the advent of the Dust Bowl era, few, if any, have been recorded telling the tale.

    She is from Huron, Metis, Cherokee, Creek, Portuguese, French-Canadian, Irish, Scot, and English heritage. An accomplished writer, she won the American Book Award for “Dog Road Woman” and the Wordcraft Writer of the Year Award for “Off-Season City Pipe,” a collection of poetry. Her last volume of poetry, “Blood Run” is directly responsible for the protection of a sacred site and creation of a state park and her memoir “Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer” is going paperback in January. Hedge Coke edited nine additional collections, including “Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas” and “Effigies.” She has received residencies/fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony of the Arts, Weymouth Center of Arts and Humanities, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle, and Kimmel Harding Nelson.

    Those interested in supporting this project can learn more on Hedge Coke’s USA Projects page at www.usaprojects.org/user/allisonhedgecoke.

    (end)

    Editor’s Note: Download art to accompany this release at www.uco.edu/photo/RedDust08.13.

    Cutline Photo 1: Roger HedgeCoke being interviewed at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Okla. for the documentary “Red Dust.” His daughter, UCO Artist in Residence Allison Hedge Coke, is producing the film and is raising funds for location and travel fees through the microphilanthropy site USAProjects.org.

    Cutline Photo 2: The HedgeCoke family living in the Dust Bowl circa the 1930s. UCO Artist in Residence Allison Hedge Coke hopes to tell the story of the era through her father, Roger, in the documentary “Red Dust.”

    Cutline Photo 3: UCO Artist in Residence Allison Hedge Coke is raising funds to complete a documentary on her father’s experience living in the Dust Bowl through a campaign on the microphilanthropy site USAProjects.org. (Photo credit: K. Gandhar Chakravarty)





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  • Posted August 21, 2013
    From the Red Dust collection in Streaming


    Wealth

    When it was over

    everything dust— blown—
    chickens, ducks, horses, plows—
    Model A, Mark III—

    Dad still keeps the key
    mounted to this tin shed wall.

    Dust, then,
    everything blown--

    Dust, Dust, Dust.

    Still they came around
    asking for whatever he held
    to feed,
    eleven of them he carried
    and the others, dozens.

    Grandpa the generous
    gave his last rhyme
    in riddle rhythms
    without capital consensus.

    “I thought you were rich.”
    They said.

    As Granddad and his family
    walked away from this
    repossessed dugout,
    chunk of ground,
    earthen home.

    Flushed and empty,
    chin up, Cherokee.

    “Am, my family’s alive.”
    He affirmed. Shaking his head loose
    from assumption
    he had anything left to give.

    As if he’d ever been fund wealthy
    longer than a week.

    Still Granny fed them
    before they walked on.

    He insisted. She couldn’t imagine
    any other way.
    It was their manner. Their spark.

    Once, his land had put out,
    he gave away 'cause others called,
    split between closer relatives
    who camped all alongside throughout.

    Until it was done.

    Back to corn, squash, beans--tomatoes.
    Back to working for railroads,
    farmers, farriers, friends, foe.

    Back to the shoulder plow,
    another hold, far from rooted homes,
    rotted worlds behind them,
    then the dust,

    dust, dust, dust.

    Still, in this world,
    down generations now.
    Others come wanting
    something
    they’re sure we have.

    We pull out our checkbooks, cards,
    overdraw ourselves each draft —

    feed them —
  • Posted August 21, 2013
    Ann Fisher-Wirth recently published Dust: Dad's Days in the EcoPoetry Anthology. All of the poem is from Dad's talks to me about his early days. Here it is:


    Dust: Dad's Days


    Dust storms darkened sky so, you couldn’t
    find your way around house, yard.
    Crack thick as a postage stamp gave way
    to dirt through walls, black blizzard.

    Dirt in food—in everything.

    Damn it, the dust storms—
    three days at a time.
    Couldn’t see—

    Dirt scratched, confused.
    Some people lost their minds, killed their families.

    Rabbits, grasshoppers everywhere, billions came.
    Billions of grasshoppers at everything.

    Rabbits, hares, really.
    Jackrabbits, had been in breaks by creeks.
    Bad weather came, they moved to flats. Stressed
    rabbits, hares, bearing six to eight young,
    instead of two, three in litters.

    Our Fox Terriers chased rabbits wildly.
    The Border Collies trained them to herd
    them in, catch them.

    Us Cherokee, all surrounded by Missouri Mormons.
    Not as far out as Utah Mormons
    who believed lizard language, angels.
    We'd come out for the work there--freedom--
    Cherokee hunkered there in the dust, missing mountain green.

    Come winter, blizzards’ winds howled and
    howled and howled and howled and howled.

    Windmill was all you could make out in ground blizzards.
    Everything else whited out so bright, you’d think it was nothing.

    Windmill would freeze, have to heat it
    with pans of hot water, unseize it.
    Cattle horses drink on one side,
    Prince the Percheron stallion would be on the other.
    Only my brother Willis could hitch Prince and Doll.
    She’d walk along, he’d pull.
    Dolly, an older cattle mare, would discipline him, Prince.
    He’d defer to her, even as an adult.
    No matter his size.
    She was boss.
    Dust was our boss.

    Sweet corn, beans, pumpkin, squash, and tomatoes we’d grow.
    Six rows beans, six corn, switch
    back and forth, alternate, rotate, annually.
    People used a Go-Devil to cut back what they called weeds.

    Times were thrashing beans, snapping com—
    We stripped ears of corn, threw up into wagons,
    corn sheller gave cobs for winter fuel.
    Dry cow chips for summer fuel.
    Everything operated on one-boy-power:
    laundry, cob fuel, chips—wagons full—

    Made good crops till 1932. '33, the wind came, the dirt storms.
    1934, gave it up, moved away,

    That land should have never taken plowing
    like the Whites around us gave it.
    The drought killed us. Killed us.

    Shouldn't have happened. Recklessness.
    They'd lifted the herd sod.
    Took the drumhead off the topsoil.
    Loosed it, until it was crumble.
    Reckless.

    Dust.
    Before WWII, before they found out it was more
    efficient to fly one direction over another,
    they didn’t understand jet streams.
    The Sonoran High Jet Stream moved north, took it all.
    Fall 1935-6-7-8 and on so, throw a sack
    around your shoulder, drag behind you,
    picking left and right, we hit the cotton fields,
    picking people’s crops, any left.
    Tallyman recorded how much
    Flies, sweat, back ached and ached, for a penny a pound--dust.
    Teenager might make a hundred pounds in a day, make a dollar.
    Older people more efficient,
    maybe make two-three dollars a day.

    We were always thankful for offers to come pick,
    money so hard to come by.
    Good owner’d say, “Why don’t you eat some watermelons?”
    Angle his finger toward some melons
    growing alongside the cotton,
    raised for pickers’ pleasure
    to keep us half-fit.

    Dust, insects, sweat, aching back, dust—dust—
    Everything dust. Everything dust. – Dad said.

  • Posted August 21, 2013

    Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far, including (but not limited to): Dorothy O’Connell
    Sarah Goodsave
    Jodi Melamed
    Jennifer Foerster
    Diane Glancy
    Terry Blackhawk
    em jollie
    David Atkinson
    Scott Owens
    Diane Zephier
    Arlene Biala
    Michele Leavitt
    Celeste Gainey
    Leslie Althela
    Susan Bernardin
    Jan Priddy
    Jackie Fox
    John Hickman
    Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
    Susan Clark
    Chip Livingston
    Ruby Murray
    Hannah Thomassen
    Marilyn nelson
    Siobhan Marks
    Margaret Troupe
    Andrew Schelling
    Jeffery Darensbourg
    Juanita Pahdopony-Mithlo
    Bette Husted
    Anonymous
    Bill Campbell
    Glenda Bailey-Mershon
    Kimberly
    Malaika
    Constance Squires
    Travis Hedge Coke
    Theodore Van Alst
    Steve Buzzard
    Bob Holman
    Natalia Trevino
    Loni Taylor
    Nabeela Sheikh
    Robin Yaklin
    Janelle Yates
    Joseph Simmons
    Debbie Brinkofski
    Sally Shelton
    Anonymous

    And thanks to Randye Hedgecoke, Andrea Beth Damsky, Mark Lewis Glickman, Cynthia Fissel, Constance Squires, Stephen Garrison, and others for sponsoring promotion of the project. Thank you to the others who also donated and are sponsoring as anonymous backers. Please help us keep this going!
  • Posted August 21, 2013
    Hi everyone! I so absolutely appreciate your support! You know this is timely, but did you know that there is no other film/book like this project. Few, if any Native survivors of the Dust Bowl have been recorded retelling the era. We want to start a series of these once we get our first one done. We need your help. If 160 people donate a hundred dollars, we are done. If 16 donate a thousand even quicker. Still every single donation, $5, $10, $25, $50, will help us reach the goal in time to do this work. There is substantial travel involved and location costs as well as our wonderful crew costs and needs. I live in a modest rental. Dad has a 1950s trailer on a rental lot, he worked until he was too old to do so and I work all the time. We have given away everything we ever made to someone or some cause or another, gladly, and this time we are asking for your support in our work and we do need it. Please join us in making this project and feel free to come on as a major funder for producer credit and involvement, but donate at any level you are able to because it really does count.

    Love to all and thank you for considering our project. Please join us today.

    Again, half the total funds requested are for the crew. Most of the money raised thus far is for the camera. The rest is to get the main guy to the site locations (hard to travel at 91, so we have to make it as easy for him as we can, not asking for First Class, just economy flights to make it easier on him in transit). Royce Sharp, Tvli Jacobs & Shane Brown are our dream crew (all have Native heritage) and Vinnie Hogan has been our pitch editor working with me to create the pitch reel we have here. Please watch it again, share it, and encourage others to match your donation, to donate, to come on as producers and really get us going or to send in whatever they are comfortable with/can do. We need everyone.

    Thank you so very much for checking in with us and please help us reach our goal.

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted August 19, 2013
    Mark Lewis Glickman
    Had a fantastic time with my cousin Randye Hedgecoke and Mark Lewis Glickman and Cindy Fissel in their lovely home for a pledge drive for Red Dust in Sorrento Valley. Thank you for such a great day!
  • Posted August 18, 2013
    Author: Allison Hedge Coke
    Red Dust Project Fundraiser
    August 18, 2013 at 6:27am
    Everyone in So California today, please join us in Sorrento Valley for the Red Dust Fundraiser

    click here to post:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/154805594713610/

    Event is from 2:00pm until 4:00pm

    in the Sorrento Valley area.

    RSVP to Andrea Beth Damsky for address and directions: (619) 884-7918

    who says

    I am pleased to sponsor this fundraiser to benefit my cousin Allison Hedge Coke's project: a time-limited oral history documentary capturing a ninety-one year old, former San Diego resident's primary history of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, while he is still able to contribute effectively. The few remaining survivors like Hedge Coke’s father Robert, lived it, and their oral history is exceedingly unique and necessary to our understanding of the time.

    This project creates documentary history from perspectives on-site where it began, including available sources while filming from these guys who knew it firsthand and tell it best. Shooting from September through December, 2013, will allow his voice to be the thematic device that permeates this work.

    More information about the documentary and a detailed video are available at this website:

    http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    Please join us in the making of a uniquely significant cultural work. Allison and Robert Hedge Coke will be present to talk about the project and answer your questions.

    RSVP to Andrea Beth Damsky for address and directions.
    (619) 884-7918

    https://www.usaprojects.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/1379

    https://www.facebook.com/events/154805594713610/

    Royce Sharp on camera with Robert HedgeCoke at Ft. Sill
  • Posted August 18, 2013
    http://www.writersgarret.org/

    Writers Garret is supporting the Red Dust project in their current membership drive. You and every writer and every lit friendly person you know can join the Garret for a regular full year membership and from the regular fee ($45)
    $20 from each membership joined through a special link:http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3380622533/?access=RedDustMember
    or anyone can go through their regular link and add the code RedDustMember to stipulate the $20 of their regular fee will go to the Red Dust project.

    Again, here's the direct LINK:

    http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3380622533/?access=RedDustMember

    OR people can go straight to the "Join" link anywhere on the Writers Garret website and then use the code RedDustMember and the funds will be divided by the Garret to support our project.


    Thank you WRITERS GARRET and Thea Temple for your support of Red Dust!!!!! Writers Garret was founded by Jack Myers and Thea Temple and has maintained a continual relationship with Vermont College people. Allison Hedge Coke graduated VC MFA in 1995. Her new project Red Dust (film, book, research/documentary) is being hosted by USA Artists Projects August 16th-September 16th to raise funds for the project completion as required for crew and location shoots. Please consider supporting Red Dust personally and through your connections and supportive groups. The USA Artists site is here: http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood
  • Posted August 12, 2013
    tinyurl.com/reddustproject


    I created a short link to get to this site quickly. Please pass to friends/relatives/colleagues!

    Thank you for considering contributing today!


    Allison
  • Posted August 12, 2013
    https://www.usaprojects.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/1379

    USA Artists says that USA Projects that reach 25% around the end of their first week, typically fund successfully at 100%. Please help us reach our immediate 25% goal of $5000. We are so close (17%), help us get over the $5000 amount so that we can ensure our productivity and make this campaign effective and successful. You are the campaign and we need you.

    Please watch the video (again, if you have already) and circulate the call for assistance for project goal. The funds are strictly location, travel, and crew costs and necessary to raise to do this important work.

    I am heading out to see Dad this weekend and hope to have some good news in hand. Thank you for considering contributing! You are all wonderful people and I sincerely appreciate each bit of support thus far.
  • Posted August 10, 2013
    Thank you for contributing to Red Dust. Please help us reach our goal by asking folks to match your support. It will make this great.

    Here is a bit of thanks from me! From the book in the works within this.

    Linda Rodriguez writes for Red Dust support: http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/2013/08/project-needs-helpred-dust-mixed-blood.html

    And I am sending you a poem from the Red Dust project.

    Then

    Black Blizzard–hundreds of thousands of years to create the topsoil. Red from Oklahoma, Texas grey, brown Nebraska. The animals sensed it coming before the people. Chickens went to the coop and stayed there. The animals ran unsensibly, unreasonably. Clouds of dust made human figures in the wind. Could be an hour, or minutes to arrive. People fastened wires to the house to follow back – you could be blown away –Visibility no more than a few feet. Massive dusters. Some for days–during school hours–ten years of this. Silt on everything. Families daily digging out. Every surface in the house coated. Dust in food before it could be eaten, still eaten, field dirt with the food. Covering windows and doors with cloth, sheets, paste – air thickened, dimmed. Cloth to face felt awful
    – suffocating – dust, pneumonia took children. Radiation dry heat transfer, Kansas mercury 121. Insects seeking moisture, shade, centipedes, had to shake out shoes, sheets. Swarms¬–grasshoppers, gophers, birds gone from the dust, nothing to eat them¬ – Jackrabbits multiplying, badgers, coyotes gone. 10,000 took part in a rabbit drive. 35,000 jacks caught in a pen. They clubbed them to kill them, men killing them, rabbits screaming, while static electricity, from friction, took lives, sparked everywhere. Plain sand charged metal, blue flames, ball lightning, same safety wires lined to find houses–cars charged up with static, knocked people out, livestock ran in circles, lungs filled with dust–dead–only water 100 feet below, Sears & Roebuck sold windmill kits to fix up. Dad, ten. People ate tumbleweeds, then.
  • Posted August 10, 2013
    We are at 17% of our project goal and I thank everyone who has contributed, supported, shared and suggested the Red Dust Project. We need your help! Again, this is completely tax-deductible and you gain a receipt immediately upon donation submission.

    This is deeply meaningful to me/us and has significant creative, artistic and educational potential. The project is film/media/literature/music and more, with two coinciding book projects and a documentary in the works. The feat is timely, due to Bob HedgeCoke's age (91) and ability to get to all locations of his youth to tell the amazing story of their survival and work.

    I am posting a poem (click link above), published in Paddlefish, that resulted from listening to him speak of the Dust Bowl. I will post more later this week. Please stay with us on this. We need your activism and support to make this work.

  • Posted August 10, 2013
    Author: Linda Rodriguez
    Cherokee author and scholar Linda Rodriguez writes call for support of the Red Dust project. Please take a look on her site at this link:
    http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com/2013/08/project-needs-helpred-dust-mixed-blood.html

    Text from site is below (but the site is amazing, too!)

    Thank you, so very much, Linda Rodriguez for your generous support of Red Dust!

    Friday, August 9, 2013

    Project Needs Help—“Red Dust: A Mixed-Blood Dust Bowl Childhood”


    Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is an acclaimed poet of Huron, Metis, Cherokee, Creek, Portuguese, French-Canadian, Irish, Scot, and English heritage whom I have featured before on this blog, but she is almost as well-known for her activism. Just check out all the activist projects listed in her bio below and realize that the listing is not comprehensive. Hedge Coke is another of the many writers of color who give back to the community selflessly. She was named Mentor of the Year in 2001 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. Of particular interest is the work she did with the sandhill cranes at the University of Nebraska Kearney. A poet and activist also heavily involved with labor and the Indigenous mound structures that network across the continent, her work reverberates with dreams, myths, history, and a true sense of life lived into something more sacred than its sometimes brutal or desecrating events.

    Photo of Hedge Coke courtesy of the Maturin Cultural Center, Venezuela World Poetry Festival




    Hedge Coke is seeking funding for an ambitious project documenting through the life of her 91-year-old father the experiences of the many mixed-blood children who lived through the Dust Bowl and the Depression, usually in dire poverty and often working as migrant farmworkers. Hedge Coke’s father as a child moved around the heart of the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas picking other people’s cotton for a penny a pound. As Hedge Coke says of this project, “Though we have hoped to do this project for years, my father recognized that he was in school with speakers interviewed in the recent Ken Burns documentary and was saddened that Burns’ work did not explore the collective experience and focused more in the Anglo experience, solely. Obviously timely and potentially time limited, I am setting out to document my father’s primary history of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, while he is still able to contribute effectively.”

    “Red Dust: a mixed-blood Dust Bowl childhood” is designed as book project and documentary film using Hedge Coke’s father’s narration of his memories on location as the narrative thread running through a project that will also seek other surviving mixed-blood voices from that time to add their stories to enrich the chronicle. For more details of this unique project and the opportunity to contribute, visit the USArtists website here. http://www.usaprojects.org/project/red_dust_a_mixed_blood_dust_bowl_childhood

    Hedge Coke conceived and edited the valuable anthology, SING: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, the first-ever anthology of Indigenous American poetry from all the Americas, North, Central, and South. This was an incredibly complex work that took six years and multiple translators to create. Its usefulness for scholars and lovers of poetry is a testament to the energy of her vision and the quality of her accomplishment. It leads me to expect great things from this new project, which is an exciting foray into an area that has long been missing the stories, experiences, and voices of the mixed-blood people who lived through that crucial time period.

    BIO
    Allison Hedge Coke has been an invitational featured performer in international festivals in Medellin, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Canada, and Jordan and foreign visiting professional in for Shandong University in Wei Hai, China. A 2010 Split This Rock Festival featured poet and 2011 Lannan Writing Resident (Marfa), she is a MacDowell Colony for Artists, Black Earth Institute Think Tank, Hawthornden Castle, Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Center for Great Plains Research Fellow, is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Appointment Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hartwick College and formerly the Distinguished Paul W. Reynolds and Clarice Kingston Reynolds Endowed Chair in Poetry as an Associate Professor of Poetry and Writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearney where she directed the Reynolds Series and Sandhill Crane Migration Literary Retreat & Cranefest. She is core faculty in the University of Nebraska MFA Program and regular Visiting Faulty of the MFA Intensive Program at Naropa University. Hedge Coke is a regular keynote lecturer/performer and was the 2008 Paul Hanly Furfey Endowed Lecturer, in Boston. Her books include: Dog Road Woman, American Book Award, Coffee House Press, 1997; The Year of the Rat, chapbook, Grimes Press, 2000; Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, AIROS Book-of-the-Month (memoir), University of Nebraska Press, 2004; Off-Season City Pipe, Wordcraft Writer of the Year for Poetry, Coffee House Press, 2005; Blood Run, Wordcraft Writer of the Year for Poetry, Salt Publications, UK 2006-US 2007; To Topos Ahani: Indigenous American Poetry, Journal Issue of the Year Award (ed.), Oregon State University, 2007; Effigies, (ed.), Salt Publications, 2009 and Sing, University of Arizona Press, 2011. She has edited five other volumes. Her long poem "The Year of the Rat" is currently being made into a ballet through collaboration with Brent Michael Davids, composer. Recent literary publications include Kenyon Review, Florida Review, Connecticut Review, Sentence Magazine, Prometeo Memories, Akashic Books, and Black Renaissance Noire. Recent photography publications include Connecticut Review, Future Earth Magazine and Digital Poetics. She has also authored a full-length play Icicles, numerous monologues, and has worked in theater, television, and film. Hedge Coke has been awarded several state and regional artistic and literary grants, fellowships, and tours; multiple excellence in teaching awards, including the King Chavez Parks Award; a Sioux Falls Mayor's Award for Literary Excellence; a National Mentor of the Year, a Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Award; has served on several state, community, and national boards in the arts, a housing board, as a Delegate, in the United Nations Women in Peacemaking Conference, Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego, and as a United Nations Presenting Speaker (with James Thomas Stevens, Mohawk Poet), Facilitator, and Speaker Nominator for the only Indigenous Literature Panel of the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Forum. For many years she has worked with incarcerated and underserved Indigenous youth and youth of color mentorship programs and served as a court official in Indian youth advocacy and CASA. Hedge Coke has edited five additional collections and is editing two new book series of emerging Indigenous writing. Hedge Coke has continually taught various creative writing, literature, environmental writing, cultural philosophy, Native American Studies/Literature, education, and other courses for pre-school, K-12, college, university, and professional institutions since 1979. She came of age working fields, waters, and working in factories.

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