Barbara-Helen Hill is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo with a Masters Degree in American Studies/Native Studies. She has a BA in Native American Esthetics – Creative Narrative. She is known as Helen to many people and mom to two sons and 1 daughter. She is the proud grandmother of four grand-daughters, 1 grandson and two great grandsons. Helen is both Haudenosaunee Bear Clan and British Isles.
Barbara-Helen worked for many years in the field of Healing and Recovery as a counsellor and Treatment Director in one of the first Native Treatment Centres in Ontario. Since retiring she has turned to writing and art. Her first book “Shaking the Rattle, Healing the Trauma of Colonization was published in 1996 and is presently being revised. She is published in numerous anthologies both in the USA and Canada and won a Chapbook competition for her poetry. The chapbook called “collective consciousness Poems by Barbara-Helen Hill was published in 2009 by UALR – Sequoyah National Research Center. Her fiber art has been shown in museums and galleries and just finished in a show of Works in Beadwork, Ingersoll, Ontario. Barbara-Helen is currently working on her writing and her art and is a Trustee of the Six Nations Public Library.