Welcome to Terra Incognita Media where we deliver nuanced feminist analysis about issues surrounding race, class, and gender in response to the outdoor industry.
a feminist response to the outdoor industry
Amidst the debris of countless outdoor brands co-opting feminism and the language of resistance, Erin Monahan started Terra Incognita Media in December 2015.
Terra Incognita Media is on it's way to becoming an independent nonprofit solely by the support and backing of our readers.
Applications are still open for co-conspirators! We are looking for dedicated, passionate folx who want to contribute their vision, skills, and insights to our growing team! Interviews with be done with @erin.k.monahan and @b.okabe — we are hoping to do more interviews next Tuesday, but the positions will be open until filled. You can work remotely! More info on our website under the “Apply and join our team” tab. We cannot wait to connect with you! 🦋
BOYCOTT SHIFT: A Letter in Support from co-conspirator of Terra, Erin Monahan. Visit our site: terraincognitamedia.com for more: “The violence that SHIFT and Christian Beckwith continue to enact is horrifying to witness. The fact that a team, a “nonprofit” team no less, of people can absorb the knowledge that 17+ people have been violated and traumatized by their own organization’s actions, and particularly by the hands of their own Executive Director, and STILL double, triple, quadruple down on their efforts to uphold white supremacy and protect this toxic person with too much power is a testament to how deeply rooted systems of oppression truly are in our society. As a neurotypical, able-bodied, upper middle class, cis white woman, I know I benefit from these systems of oppression and that my voice is heard, believed, and uplifted at the expense of Black, Indigenous, Womxn of Color, and Queer Black, Indigenous, folx of color. Because of this, racism and white supremacy is a white people problem.” #wonttakeshiftanymore #boycottshift #christianbeckwithresign #dismantlewhitesupremacy
#wonttakeshiftanymore Venmo @blaakroots — #repost @blaakroots
Much has been said in a very short span of time. I love so much the community of folks who have gathered and reaffirmed.
I should know by now that people have been trained to think in binaries. But I am not one of them, and my letter will always be in response and not necessary opposition. Here are some thoughts I hope we ponder.
1. Taking time is not the enemy of progress. Organizations don't have to build the plane as they fly. Take your time , get it right and then go on up.
2. As people of color in this work we are obviously not a monolith. We can exist in the same space and experience vastly different realities. Yet harm is always unacceptable ,so as a collective we should hold, respect, honor and defend that hurt.
3. A lot of education needs to be had about trauma. I have heard some mention and questioning of how traumatic, the SHIFT space and or experience could have been. In the words of one comment "did he slap you." Research has shown that black people and other communities of color suffer from high levels of racial trauma in this country. Add that to a list of other traumas they may hold from their own personal histories. What we are referencing is a space that triggered our traumas, for a portion of us due to a lot of mishandling.
4. My ancestors worked damn hard for me to live the life I have. None of those ancestors used the same tools. Whenever things like this happen the good ole "y'all are being too hard and aggressive" will come out. The world does a fair job of erasing the stories of how change happens and highlighting what feels comfortable. Our stories tell us it took fire and water to make our world what it is. And as a Leo I'm all fire right now.
Racism is a wh*— elpoep problem. Remember the ice bucket challenge that was inherently problematic and a huge waste of precious water? Well, we are doing our own challenge, but hopefully it will have a meaningful impact with little to no waste. Shout out to the white folx of the outdoor industry who have the power, capacity, energy, and social capital to join us in the demand for Christian Beckwith to resign from SHIFT and participate in the #WeWontTakeShift social media blast over the next three days. We challenge you to walk the walk. You all say you’re about equity and inclusion and now it’s time to show up. Your silence is complicity in the violence. Thank you for your support and solidarity: @alexaristei @alpenglowcollective.co @heyflashfoxy @bivytales @whoamagwhoa @nomanslandfilmfestival @enormocast @hazel_findlay
I’m gonna keep this post as micro as the adventure we went on this weekend.
This is the Chamonix Couloir in what the Apsáalooke called Daxpitcheeihté and commonly known as The Beartooth Mountains. The picture doesn’t do it justice, but It’s a 4,000ft couloir with buttresses and spires next to it as tall or even taller.
We didn’t get to ski it this weekend because of heavy wind loading leading to an unstable snow pack. You can see the wind howling at the top in the first picture.
We were fully aware that the mountains hold all visitors accountable for their actions; knowing that if we made the slightest mistake that accountability would’ve cost us our lives.
That SAME accountability I hold true is ALL aspect of my life and that SAME accountability that I expect EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this Earth to hold true. Not in the way of eminent death or physical injury in this ski missions case, but a way in which folks feel that responsibility for their actions from which it can be looked at as a learning experience. When there is an absence in doing so you’ll be let known for your poor decision making skills as leaders especially if it effects underrepresented identities. These are expectation. If you don’t preform to the mission at hand there will be critical review, feedback, repercussions, and in the end justice. It’s part of life no matter the circumstance. This is how progress evolves instead of complacency.
So who am I holding accountable here? Well we’re opening up this can yet again so join in on the rollercoaster ride that has been the @shift_jh conference from last year. Swing on by my Instagram Story, click “Shift” in my story highlights, or click he link in my profile to know what truly happened at a supposed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference.
Let’s make sure we balance our intentions and impacts just like the crew and I did this weekend when eyeing these behemoths.
📍: Apsáalooke, Tsis tsis’tas, Sqelixw and many other Tribal Nations Ancestral Land in the Daxpitcheeihté; Apsáalooke for “Bear’s Teeth” aka The Beartooth Mountains, MT
#WontTakeSHIFTanymore #WallsAreMeantForClimbing #Ninjastickin
Calling all who want to be in solidarity with the 17 victims/survivors, (and who knows how many more) who have been violated, harmed, and traumatized by Shift: join us in a call out and demand for Christian Beckwith to resign. DM for social media materials so you can share on your platform that the coalition created. We are not to be credited for any of this. We are in solidarity and spreading the word, but all of the work has been from the BIPOC who have been targeted and impacted. It doesn’t matter how many followers you have. We need all the people power behind this campaign. Stand on the right side of history. This is an indicator of the active white supremacy that is rooted in our outdoor industry, as well as our larger world. #WontTakeShiftAnymore
Like... his racism is obvious and hanging out and #muirlovers are like what? I don’t see anything. — we are 42 shirts away from our goal! Please help us fund @indigenouswomenhike go to Peru! 80 percent of the donations go to IWH and the rest to our artists and contributors. Please spread the word on your social media! We need all the help we can get to be successful! Thank you, Terra community!💫💜#stopglorifyingjohnmuir #dismantlewhitesupremacy #terraincognitamedia
Just finished planning for interviews this week! We are thrilled to connect with our applicants and add some more co-conspirators to our collective! There’s still time to apply! Go to our website for details, or our highlights on the gram.
#terraincognita #stopglorifyingjohnmuir #coconspirators #collective #dismantlewhitesupremacy
It turns out we have such demand for the shirts that we are extending our campaign for another nine days! We are DOUBLING our goal from 50 to 100 shirts!! Can we do it?! With the power of our community we can! Please share and think about buying some swag if you haven’t yet! 80 percent of the funds go to @indigenouswomenhike and 20 percent to our incredible artists and contributors. Let’s put some people power behind this fundraiser and help fund @indigenouswomenhike going to Peru so they don’t have to spend money out of pocket! Let’s go!! #stopglorifyingjohnmuir #terraincognita #indigenouswomenhike
Quick PSA: last call for purchasing your #stopglorifyingjohnmuir swag! There are many styles, sizes, and colors available! Don’t miss out on supporting @indigenouswomenhike fund their trip to Peru! You can also donate directly to IWH or donate in the link in our bio. 💕We need to question what is taught in school because schools are rooted in white supremacy. Every structure of our society is rooted in white supremacy. This is why it’s so important to spend time unlearning and learning, and educating ourselves about the true history of the land, as well as the truth of our own personal histories. Thank you to @jolievarela of @indigenouswomenhike for recommending this book! Replace your John Muir books with books like “Dispossessing the Wilderness” by David Spence. It’s not a perfect book. There are oversights and problems because he is a colonizer, but there is still much to be learned and it’s a great resource. Keep an eye out for the problematic nature of what you are reading. Be discerning. Take everything with a grain of salt.
Art by Kyra Wiethorn 💕Only a couple more days left in our #StopGlorifyingJohnMuir fundraiser for @indigenouswomenhike — 80 percent go to IWH, 20 percent go directly into the hands of our artists and contributors. We want to deeply thank everyone who has participated in, and donated to, our fundraiser this far. IWH is going to Peru in May and has to yet to raise enough money to fund the trip. @jolievarela is paying for a lot of it out of pocket because she is so dedicated to her mission to connect with other indigenous womxn for indigenous healing! Let’s show IWH ALL THE SUPPORT WE POSSIBLY CAN! If you can’t buy swag, consider donating $1, $5, or $10, or any amount directly to IWH! You can use our bonfire campaign to do that or go to @indigenouswomenhike Instagram account and donate to them there directly. 💕🥰
We are growing! And #StpGlorifyingJohnMuir Swag is on sale for a limited time only! We made it to April and through Mercury retrograde! We hope this message finds you cared for and well. We have some exciting announcements!
We have welcomed Brittney Okabe @b.okabe to the Terra team as co-conspirator, DEI consultant, and contributing photo-journalist. They are a musician, rock climber, social worker currently living in Portland, Oregon, Chinook Territory. Their pronouns are she/her/hers and they/them/theirs.
Another reminder to send in your co-conspirator applications!
We are scheduling interviews for next week, so if you have any inclination/drive/passion to join our team, we would love to hear from you! .
Here is Brittney visiting Oahu — Kanaka ‘Ōiwi. Captain James Cooke colonized this land.
Tsawu Awahusu everyone,
Seems as of late that Indigenous Women Hike and myself have been a hot topic on some climbing sites. I made the mistake of reading the comment threads. People come from all over the world to climb in Payahuunadü. That’s never going to change. Nor do we want it too. We have an Outdoor Gear Library that will create access for all low income families here in the valley. Our kids are getting out and learning how to climb. Winnedumah is our relative and a Paiute monument. I want you to ask yourselves why you can’t see beyond your privilege and climb everywhere else in the valley? Like what is already being done. There is a deeper problem here and it is white supremacy. I want to urge those who recreate to question their access to the “wilderness” and consider how that very access has denied indigenous people theirs. We’ve been trying to build relationships with climbing organizations. I’ve volunteered my time to table, be at meetings, organize panels, do land acknowledgements, stewardship events, and countless other things to create connection to the climbing community. The amount of disrespect being shown leads me to believe that the climbing community has a very long way to go. We’ll be here for it. Because our people always have and always will be a part of this land. 📸 @warpartypictures
Artwork by the fabulous Cy @cyberwitch666 — Find out why Greg Smith, expert birder and trip leader for @wilddiversity said, “too much coffee.” You can find the answer in the recent essay, “The White Problem of ‘Chocolate Chipping’ in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts.” — also follow @wilddiversity and find out more about the Resilience Outdoor Conference. Together with @queernature and @theventureoutproject these three outdoor organizations are hosting a conference in Portland, Oregon from May 1-5th to support BIPOC and LGBTQIA folx in the outdoors! Registration is now open! — one more announcement: we are still selling #stopglorifyingjohnmuir tees, tanks, and sweatshirts, find a link on the website to get your swag. %80 of funds go to @indigenouswomenhike as thanks for all the incredible work they do to teach us about the true history of Turtle Island. — we hope everyone is taking good care today ☀️🌱❤️ Love, the Terra Team
New Content. Link in bio. And if you like this art we are selling shirts and sweatshirts and tees with this design — %80 of funds raised will go to @indigenouswomenhike to help with their Peru trip, the rest will go towards paying our artists and contributors! — Excerpt: “Separate the art from the artist.” “Everybody is complicated.” “They were a product of their time.” “He was a complicated guy.” “It’s complicated.” These comments come up frequently when we talk about the truth of those who our society have lauded and held in high-esteem as heroes or geniuses. These are all white-centering sentiments that are triggered by white fragility. We see this trend of protecting men like John Muir, Louis C.K., or Harvey Weinstein, or Edward Abbey, or Charles Bukowski, to name only a few, yet I could go on -- forever -- because the list of white men who abuse their power is exhaustive and exhausting. To know that these men write our history, decide what is included in a “canon” of literature, is deeply, painfully, exhausting because it skews the past to plow a narrative fit for ongoing colonization, and allows white men to keep hoarding power. Uplifting these men as “heroes” and exclusively shelving their stories, excludes and discounts the myriad lived experiences and perspectives of womxn, femmes, trans, non-binary folx, Black, Indigenous, People of Color who were contemporaries of these men, and who would tell you a very different story.
Things to never ask a panel comprised of people who hold marginalized identities, particularly Black folx, Indigenous folx, and folx of color:
1.How has the lack of diversity in the outdoors impacted you?
2. What can a predominantly white environmental organization do to support the work that you do?
3. What does meaningful engagement look like?
“It is important for white people to find our own answers to these questions. Racism is our problem. White supremacy is our problem. We need to figure it out on our own.
On the podcast Hoodrat to Headwrap, in the episode called ‘Diversity and Inclusion is for White People: Beyond Bruno Mars and the Love of Light Skin,’ Ericka Hart talks about the phenomenon of ‘chocolate chipping’ and how this plays out in white organizations when they say they want to be more diverse and inclusive.” - To keep reading the new essay, click the link in our bio. 🍪 🤮🌳
We hope we get to see @yournameisntenglish a film by @tazbah !! Check it out. The poetry and lessons weaving throughout this film offer invaluable knowledge for how we can honor and respect those who are indigenous to occupied Turtle Island (USA) for time immemorial.
do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid?
In lieu of some social media conversations about John Muir being racist and people still obsessing over seeing him as an overall “good” guy and just a “product of his times” 🤢 we want to share this apt message about why all of this is irrelevant. Not to mention untrue. John Muir was a selfish asshole who was not a “product of his times” because racism is alive and well today. 🤯#Repost @erin.k.monahan
We need to move away from this idea of “good” and “bad.” There is no such thing. This is a constructed binary to distract us from truly dismantling white supremacy. However, because we white people are so obsessed with being “good” I think battling this binary is unavoidable, and ongoing in the process of detaching from whiteness. This battle spans multiple lifetimes. I’ll get back to you in some years and see if I’m still struggling with this. Because it’s true, I do. But I know I can’t let this obsession with being “good” be the focus of my work, or the conversations I have with my family, or the goal of the facilitated “Detaching from Whiteness” series I lead. Because this need to be “good” only keeps me in a place of inaction and unaccountability. I constantly remind myself that more importantly than “good” I am capable, accountable, and brave. I can come to terms with the fact that I am a human being who holds prejudice and power, which is the equation for racism. As Patricia Bidol said, racism is prejudice plus institutional power. The only people in our society who hold both prejudice and power, are white people. So, yes, we are racist. And no, this does not mean we are “bad” or “good.” We just are. And we don’t have to put a qualifier on it to make ourselves feel better because this isn’t about our feelings. This is about lives that are being taken. People are dying senselessly, in mosques, at gas stations, walking down the street, in their own homes, so we really don’t have time to worry about whether or not we are “good.” We need to be capable, accountable, and brave.
I can't help but think about the lack of representation for Indigenous peoples and how that plays into our dependency on conglomerates and the non profit industrial complex, one well known being Nike, which is highly criticized for labor exploitation abroad for their products. One key thing to emphasize is who is at the root of the scarcity and dependency? The colonizers who created the conditions in the first place." -- Dani Miller (Ižaŋžaŋwiŋ) LINK IN PROFILE FOR NEW CONTENT, LOVES! 💕
New essay link in bio by Dani Miller: “Conglomerate Imperialism: The Enemy to Indigenous Liberation.” — “Imperialism subject matter can be a bit intimidating for individuals that are new to social justice discourse. Even when I was a Native college student I heard people say this term, but never really understood what it meant. It wasn't until I took a class which featured histories of global conquest that I was exposed to the global lens of Indigenous resistance...In so many ways militarized violence is paired with the United States' quest for resources to exploit or land to occupy.” — collage by the Terra team