Welcome to Terra Incognita Media where we are dedicated to providing nuanced narratives about race, class, and gender in relation to nature.
a social justice lens to the natural world
Show up and hang with us as we support @pdxclimbersofcolor on Thursday night! We are going to be drinking beer and answering questions in the name of this incredible nonprofit spearheaded by the one and only @annemarieisinatree_ ❤️❤️❤️we are so excited to cheers with you all! See you Thursday!
Read our latest published piece: Three Action Items for White people beginning their process of detaching from their commitment to the construct of Whiteness. Link in bio. What the hell does "commitment to the construct of Whiteness" even mean?! Our favorite podcast examining Whiteness is "Seeing White." We recommend listening to episode 37 as co-host, Chenjerai Kumanyika poses the question, "How attached are you to the idea of being White?”
—- Image of a young girl skateboarding in all white courtesy of Emily Reider
“After spending time looking at my commitment to Whiteness, I have come to realize that blaming patriarchy was a desperate and comfortable explanation that suited my White fragility quite well. I could blame men. I didn’t need to look at myself at all because I was a victim. Before I began this lifelong examination, I believed myself as outside of those other White people who voted for Trump. I saw myself as different from Trump. But those White people, Trump, and myself are of the same cloth. We are all White supremacists. Our commitment to the construct of Whiteness just looks and sounds different.” Read the whole essay by @erin.k.monahan via link in bio.
Our newest essay from Nia Abram @yourrudestfriend details the politics of Black hair as she navigates the reader through her previous experience of attending Colorado College all the while being inundated by Whiteness. Link in profile.
🌱🌬☀️We want to introduce our newest contributing artist, Clio Cy, @slutwitch666 who’s art you can find accompanying Abram’s essay. 🌫🌫🌫
Cy is a queer non-binary cyborg filmmaker, 2D artist, and writer with a degree in Film and Media Studies from Colorado College. Their work focuses primarily on sexuality and intimacy through a intersectional feminist lens. They seek to both learn and break free from rigid constraints of identity (and society) and use their work as a method of exploration and exhalation. Through the power of shock and awe, they hope to transform the world around us and make it a safer place for black, brown, and queer people.
Give them a follow: @slutwitch666
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My white skin and my whiteness of which I have built my identity on are different things, and this nuance is important. Growing up, there were truths I believed about myself for having this skin: good, moral, pure, benevolent. When White people think of “race” it’s often in regard to those with non-white skin. This myopic view is what has kept us from looking at ourselves. What does it mean for us to be White? We, White people, like to think we know a lot about Blackness, (without having learned the true history of this country), but what we don’t realize is just how much is at stake when we don’t expose and disrupt our Whiteness. We have come to create our identities from a standpoint of opposition and difference — always in contrast to those who we perceive as not White. So, I have come to realize that I don’t know myself. And how can you if you have not detached from your commitment to Whiteness? We have thought ourselves as holy, a notion completely dependent on the unholy “others” that we divide ourselves from...yet we never ask those who we consider “other” what they think of us. It’s because we are afraid to know. And it’s because we already know. From an early age I was instilled with a deep fear of rape and murder. But what is more true and terrifying is my unexamined Whiteness — a completely oppressive and false construct that has led to police calls on innocent people, prison sentences, global harm, and death. How do we destroy this invisible, ever-eluding fog that governs who we think we are? How do we take down and free ourselves of a rhetorical construction? Our identities and agency have been compromised and it’s time we invest our loyalty in humanity, and no longer a system that keeps us in unnecessary fear, anxiety, and isolation. We don’t need to keep negotiating our humanity for the sake of the false promises and the impossible milestones of Whiteness. We are in ourselves enough. We need to move beyond paralysis, engage in self-reform, and forge multiracial friendships, connections, and coalitions.
We can’t wait for Refuge Outdoor Festival! It’s a weekend of camping, hikes, wokrshops, and music geared toward POC, inclusive of all!! Coming to the Seattle area September 28-30th! See you there!
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If not now than when?
Simply put representation matters. We are showcasing the voices and faces of people of color who enjoy, want to participate, or are employed in the outdoors (recreation, conservation, and so much more). Because life is hard and we all need opportunities to have real conversations. And to build community and connect people with resources for on-going engagement.
Bringing together people at all levels in the outdoors we, the people, can meet the needs of a diverse and inclusive community.
#thetrailaheadisbeautiful #inspiredbynature #weareoutdoors #representationmatters
#webelongoutside #communitygoals #realconversations #communitybuilding #diversifyoutdoors #theadventuregap #brownoutdoors #pocoutdoors #nature #outdoorsreimagined #weouthere #pnw #optoutside #moretocome #letsmeetoutside #refugefest
As an independent, (soon to be) nonprofit anti-racist feminist media outlet, we’re at a loss for words (not really) for our vibrant community. We are immeasurably more powerful together. And we can keep going with your help. Please consider donating to our Patreon account. Even $1 helps. $5 gets you a subscription to our weekly digest of what we’re reading, listening to, and thinking about. Join the Terra crew and subscribe through the link in our bio. We’re excited to connect with you. You’re the reason we hustle. Thank you for wanting an inclusive, anti-racist world too.
Image via Fillip Zrnzevic
We are featuring the art of @alyssadenaycarter today. Alyssa contributed her gorgeously textured and intricate art as a cover image to Nia Abram’s essay titled, “Wakanda Forever: Anticolonialism as Sustainable Technology,” which you can read by heading over to the link in our bio. Be sure to follow these incredible people: @alyssadenaycarter @bad_gal_nini
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Whiteness as a societal construct is a symptom of supremacy. It has impacted the way white skinned people envision and categorize experiences within the context of otherness. For white people, the crux is detaching from the societal construct of whiteness while knowing that you are in white skin and with that external perception, you will experience white privilege. All people are the fish in the water of supremacy. How do you begin to see what you're immersed in? How does supremacy harm white skinned people? As white skinned people who subscribe to the construct of whiteness is our ability to make authentic and genuine connections with each other and the outdoors impeded? If we take supremacy as our birthrate, how committed are we to the notion that the outdoors is for us by us? We are planning some workshops where we can discuss these complicated and interwoven questions. Stay tuned. — founder, Erin Monahan
New content like in bio! 🌟Places like Eugene, Oregon are often touted as a liberal oasis -- but only if you are White. If you are Indigenous or a person of color then you are subjected to the impacts of a state founded on White greed. With the removal of the tribes in 1856 to Grande-Ronde Indian Reservation, the history of the native peoples of Oregon was obscured for over 100 years. Despite this invisibilization, the surviving and thriving ancestors in the Grande Ronde tribe have ensured that Eugene and the surrounding areas are rich with Native restorative projects. Yet with all of this activity, cultural appropriation is ubiquitous. From “native survival” arts to sweat lodges, Oregon is a hot spot of stealing native culture. The Oregon Country Fair is a prime suspect with their not-so-distant plans to build a “Haida totem pole.” The problems with this run deep in that the Country Fair members never even discussed with the Haida tribe in British Columbia, did not even create an accurate Haida totem pole, and the most obvious of all offenses, the Haida tribe is not even a local tribe in the first place. #terraincognita 🌟 image via @willametteweek
Our workshops get us to think critically together, as shown here in which participants, Michael and Sabrina, jot down their thoughts. We are looking forward to digging deep with you all tomorrow for our workshop on inclusion and whiteness in the outdoor industry taking place at @migrationbrewing from 7pm-9:30pm. This beautiful moment captured by the talented and lovely @misslopezmedia
All are welcome. We were asked to put a disclaimer on our flyers that since White people say crazy shit, POC should be informed about the space. We will go over intros, a land acknowledgment, group agreements, and dig into what inclusion and whiteness mean and look like. See you Wednesday @migrationbrewing !
Shout-out to those clementines that we have had since last week at our last workshop! They are so juicy and delicious! Here’s Erin Monahan and Lorena Jasis-Wallace @bitchlomatic @lorenajw_x at the Outdoor Community Night hosted by @alpenglowcollective.co !! Thanks for such a fun evening getting everyone together! You’ll see us tonight at @backyardsocialpdx from 7pm-9:30pm to discuss intersectionality in the outdoor industry! Come have a beer or tea with us and let’s talk. No one turned away for lack of funds. $10 suggested donation ⭐️
#blackpanther is a powerful movie and helps us reimagine a new future towards anti-colonialism. Contributing writer @bad_gal_nini discusses the nuances of this film in her essay “Wakanda Forever: Anticolonialism as Sustainable Technology.” @alyssadenaycarter created art for this piece, which you see in the featured image. Visit us online to dig in! #wakandaforever
Regram: @indigenouswomenhike This January at Outdoor Retailer myself and @jaylyn.goughof @nativewomenswilderness decided to introduce ourselves to representatives of companies during the show. We wanted to make connections and build relationships to support the work that we are both doing in our communities. I was excited to go to @keen .We approached three reps, I told them how happy I was to be there and how KEEN is my first and only hiking shoe. We let them know about our work to get Indigenous communities outdoors. They just stared at us, I put my hand out to greet them, they did not return the greeting. Jaylyn introduced herself and still they just stared, no smiles, no handshakes-- they were irritated with us. When we were done speaking they directed us to the cash register to pass on our info. We walked away and Jaylyn said "that did not feel good at all." We moved on, I remember feeling angry enough to cry. I wanted to go back and confront them, I wish I would have. Then we headed to @chacofootwearwhere we were met with the same welcome and they told us “Your people already came here." I think about these incidents often and why were treated so coldly. It was intimidating enough being Native American women in a space that still profits from the removal of Indigenous people and the encounters we had at KEEN and CHACO amplified our feeling of not belonging in that space. I wrote to KEEN and after some time received an email that read "Sorry to hear that you felt treated disrespectfully at our trade show booth at OR. I don't know why that would have happened or who would have done that. KEEN is a brand that hopes to fulfill lives, do good and give back and we like to consider ourselves a caring brand." Yet they offered no solutions. An apology without offering any real change is meaningless and shows that KEEN doesn’t care how Indigenous people are treated by their employees. With all of this talk of diversity in the outdoors and companies putting forth this idea of acceptance--They are falling short. I’m angered and hurt by the initial encounter but even more so by the lack of remorse and weak apology we received. I hope they make it right.
We are so humbled by the in depth, thought-provoking, and insightful conversations that were had last night. Our next workshop is next Monday night at 7pm @backyardsocialpdx — NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS 💖 $10 suggested donation. Our goal is community and accessibility!
Tonight at Daybreak CoHousing in Portland, Oregon, a workshop on Intersectionality in the Outdoor Industry. We’ll see you at 7pm. Address for Daybreak: 2525 N Killingsworth Ave. No one turned away for lack of funds!
We are getting ready for our “Intersectionality in the Outdoor Industry” workshop tomorrow at Daybreak Cohousing in @portland 🌿Our facilitators @lorenajw_x @canoecanoa and @bitchlomatic are looking forward to connecting with you and continuing the trend of building community 🌱
Spotted off NE Alberta in Portland, Oregon! A gorgeously painted billboard promoting On She Goes, a travel site for women of color complete with insightful and rich essays and ample information about traveling. This stopped us in our tracks... so glad to see this incredible resource represented and publicized so beautifully! @onshegoes ❤️❤️❤️