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Walls are meant for protesting. Activism is meant for community and the streets. We are excited to see this screening of "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock," entirely organized by @jolievarela and supported financially with the help of @inyo350 and @southcountyadvocates and @sierraclub . Thanks to all who support these endeavors and for showing up. Showing up is what matters most. So much love to you all for working towards inclusivity and love ❤️
Come to Lone Pine Smokehouse tomorrow night, Sunday August 20, at 5pm for a film screening of "Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock." Jolie Varela @jolievarela spearheaded the organization of this screening as well as many other screenings and events that spread awareness about Native rights in the Eastern Sierra and beyond. She is a Paiute woman on a mission to provide healing for her community and restore the rights of her people. One way she is doing this is by leading Indigenous Women Hike. Next summer Varela and other Indigenous women will walk the 210 mile journey from Cottonwood Pass to Yosemite Valley (known my many as the John Muir Trail which should not be named after John Muir).
The women will be exercising their rights under the Religious Freedom Act of 1978 and will be traveling their ancestral trade routes in prayer to honor their relatives who came before them. From their mission statement: "We will realign with traditional and sacred spaces, and bring awareness to Indigenous issues." More info for how you can support their mission in our email newsletter. If you haven't subscribed yet, go to our website and join our radical, anti-fascist community! -- also shout to @alpenglowcollective.co who we found at @mammothgear 💋
Warning: WHITE FEMINISM ALERT. Terra incognita Media is rummaging through old content and editing for privilege. "Why is it important for me and other white women to edit for privilege and oppressive language and then talk about it?White supremacy will not go away until white people are willing to confront it themselves as something that we have embedded in our thinking, our media, our businesses, our schools, our institutions, etc. The abysmal and horrific failure of this essay comes out of a lack of understanding of the politics of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy."
Get your Terra swag! We launched another fundraiser! Our helper/creative director, Alex Cherin @token_creative is reppin' his Terra swag in the streets of Portland! What better way to support independent feminist media then to wear it to the crag, on the trail, or in protest at the next Anti-trump or @blklivesmatter rally?!
Nope we can’t all just get along. Many climbers talk about the voluntary closure of Devil’s Tower, or Bear Lodge, or like to talk about how they “can’t” talk about it. In her essay, “Why You Did Write About the Closure,” Anna Kramer provides a thorough analysis of the closure and the impacts of climbing on Bear Lodge during the closure. Link in profile. Photo courtesy of: @annamarie_kramer
“Oh my gaaawd, does this authentic as fuck Native American head dress bring out my blonde locks???” What’s cultural appropriation? It’s when sponsored athletes liken their training to Navajo running rituals. Want to read more about how to avoid this, how to de-center whiteness, and how to stop the complicity of oppression in the outdoor industry?! Great! Link in profile.
The Bears Ears: Cultural Appropriation in the Outdoor Industry and Why “Public” Lands Are Not Public. Photo Courtesy of Utah Business Magazine. Link in profile.
So many companies are in the business of co-optation. From REI's "Force of Nature" campaign co-opting women's empowerment, to Lu Lu Lemon co-opting mindfulness, a 2,500-year-old tradition, we couldn't help but don a Coachella-inspired flower head band and give our in-depth analysis about it.
Stevie Lewis @chocosweete bears down on a crimp on Salty Dog in El Potrero Chico, Mexico. This fearless, talented, badass is a freelance artist who lives out of her van. She has done art for books, film, and used to work for DreamWorks. Her work has been featured in @heyflashfoxy women's climbing festival flyers, as well as @staticclimbing chalk bags! Stevie inspires us to live our dreams, as she so resiliently lives hers. Photo cred: @dirtbagdispatches Derek Cheng
“White people existing in America to this day are settlers. This does not mean that white people have voluntarily dispossessed native peoples, or that they have participated in mass killings or rape. Despite having reluctance to this, white people are existing on land that is not theirs and are therefore settlers. The wishy-washy comments and blog articles that have come from climbers about the June closure of Devil’s Tower are disappointing. These narratives coming from able-bodied, white people fail to acknowledge and account for the American government as a colonial settler state. Being white and able-bodied on Devil’s Tower is not a spiritual experience and claiming so is appropriation, just as much as Katy Perry frolicking about the stage at the AMA’s as a yellow-faced Geisha.” - @erin.k.monahan This a preview of a forthcoming essay to be published on the site next week. Stay tuned!
Calling all feminist hell-raisers of the outdoors: We bring you, the Terra Summit. Coming June 2018. Visit link in profile for more details.
@erin.k.monahan on Mr. Squiggles in Trout Creek. "The woman you’re becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces and material things. Choose her over everything.” Check out the latest essay by Derek Cheng @dirtbagdispatches about the remarkable, the accomplished, the inspiring, Anna Smith. Though she is no longer with us, her spirit continues to inspire and motivate us to try hard and be our most genuine, unapologetic selves. Link in profile. .
#feminismisforeverybody #feministkilljoy #femislay
Topping out the Chief in Squamish in Terra swag! Looking for a place to publish your feminist response to the outdoor industry? Email us your writing firstname.lastname@example.org --- we're on a mission to infiltrate the cis, white male dominated outdoor scene. Despite all the bullshit mansplainers out there, we are here to back you up and amplify those who embody the resistance.
#fuckcapitalism #downwiththepatriarchy #liveclimbrepeat #squamish #nomanslandfilmfest #terraincognita #feministkilljoy #feminismforever #resist #fucktrump
We share this story about an inspiring, impeccable, audacious, compassionate, courageous woman, Anna Smith. She gave life all she got - no filter. Thank you Derek Cheng for memorializing Anna. Reading about Anna re-instills our hope for the world, it inspires us to chase our goals, and live unapologetically. We hope her story will do the same for you. Link in profile. Photo of @anna_c_smith crushing in Indian Creek courtesy of @dirtbagdispatches .
#feminism #feministkilljoy #feminismisforeverybody #femislay #slay #indiancreek #splitter #liveclimbrepeat #utah #annasmith #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbgirls #feminismisaforceofnature
At Terra Incognita Media we talk about what it means to create safe spaces, inside and out, we talk about privilege without tearing each other down, and uplift those who are deemed “Other,” by highlighting their experiences. What does a comic strip about Dykes to Watch Out For have to do with an intersectional feminist lens to the outdoor industry? Because we know that everything is related, everything is political, and Alison Bechdel is so damn awesome we just have to share her work!! See the latest additions to our “People Who Make America Great,” list in the link in our profile. Bechdel is a #forceofnature
Sabaah Folayan is an organizer, advocate, and storyteller born and raised in South Central LA. She entered the world of storytelling through theater, attending the Lee Strasberg Institute of Theater and Film as a teenager, and performing as a member of the Black Theater Ensemble while a pre-med student at Columbia University. She curates the blog, Sixty Million and More, an anthology of original poetry, short stories, and informative articles.
She recently published an account of the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death, in The Experience magazine. She helped organize The Millions March, one of the largest marches for racial justice in New York History, in response to the Eric Garner’s tragic death. Determined to expose the deep wounds inflicted on the black community at the hands of the criminal justice system, Folayan went to Ferguson, Missouri with cinematographer Lucas Alvarado-Farrar in September 2014 to learn the truth behind the dramatic scenes playing out on the news. Hearing the stories of community members in Ferguson and the surrounding St. Louis area inspired her to enter the world of film, and embark on her directorial debut Whose Streets, landing her a coveted spot on Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film” along with Co-director Damon Davis.
Read more about her and other inspiring individuals making America great in the link in our profile. #makingamericagreatforeveryone #feminismisforeverybody #feminismforever #ferguson #blacklivesmatter
Georgie Abel crushes the patriarchy of the outdoor industry like she crushes boulders in the Buttermilks, or steep lines in Ten Sleep. This inspiring individual graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Writing and Linguistics. She specializes in health, outdoor sports, and women’s issues. Abel is also the author of two books, Modern Redpointing, and Go West, Young Woman. Our favorite memory: when @gleeabel gave Andrew Bisharat hell for sweeping sexist issues under the rug back when she wrote, “An Open Letter to Andrew Bisharat.” Oh, the joy. Read more about her and other individuals that we consider #forcesofnature by clicking the link in our profile. #feminismisaforceofnature #feministkilljoy #feminismforever #feminismisforeverybody #makingamericagreatforeveryone #broadcity
We highlight this fearless #forceofnature, Jolie Varela in our latest post about “People Who are Making America Great for Everyone.” Varela is the founder of a cultural revitalization project in Bishop, California. She is a worldwide traveler and lover of mother nature. She grew up in Bishop, California and is passionate about re-connecting native peoples with the earth. Read more in the link in our profile and follow Varela @jolievarela -- Stay tuned for more inspiring individuals as we add to our list tomorrow. #feminismisaforceofnature
On this day, the 4th of July, America does not deserve a birthday cake. But these non-conforming people do! We curated a list of 50 people who are making America great for everyone. Here are the first ten. Read about them in the link above: @jolievarela , Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, @margejacobsen , @katnstevens , @scificasual , @baniamor , @bellhooks_ , Marci Blackman, Michelle Alexander, Peggy Munson. "The woman you're becoming will cost you people, relationships, spaces, and material things. Choose her over everything."
Get on our level and email list! The third one went out today... check your spam. We talk about the Cedar Wright essay, shout out @inheadlights and @meliseymo and update you on @heyflashfoxy @nomanslandfilmfestival and @womensportsfilm !!! Thank you to our community of intergenerational and intersectional feminists! 😎 this is our good friend @kateycour crushing with that heel hook at the Buttermilks!