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Native Poet Allison Hedge Coke Documents Dust Bowl

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This is an important story. Fascinating, but vital. I am anxious to see what she does with it. The story of indigenous people during the Depression era isn't one you hear much about. I'll attach a link to an article that describes the project in detail. - Bill

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"Robert HedgeCoke remembers the screech of dust particles violently blowing against each other as the wind swept down the plains near Boise City. 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.

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The 91-year-old is one of the few remaining who can offer a first-hand 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."

.... "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."

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Bill Wetzel is Amskapi Pikuni aka Blackfeet from Montana. He's a former bull rider/wrestler turned writer and a coauthor of the short story collection "The Acorn Gathering." His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the American Indian Culture (more...)

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