Welcome to Terra Incognita Media where we are dedicated to stirring the pot in the outdoor industry through a feminist lens.
a feminist response to the outdoor industry
Regram @womensportsfilm ! There are many amazing outlets out there popping up for womxn who get after it in film to get their work on a big screen! Here’s one way!
What we offer isn’t in style. It’s not to check a box. It’s not to sound hip. What we offer is necessary. What we do is engage discussions that need to be had. We encourage those who attend our workshops to then go out into the world and take informed, thoughtful, direct action. When you attend our workshops you leave with experience. Workshops are for experiences of community building. We are all in this together. We all need to address what “diversity” really means and how whiteness impacts this. This Sunday, we will gather at @barkformthood to have one of the most important conversations we have had to date. We will discuss how whiteness was constructed in this country after listening as a group to John Biewan’s podcast, “Seeing White.” This conversation is open for anyone to attend, but is geared for white people to specifically grapple with the nuances of their position as white peoples and their supremacist habits, behaviors, and thinking. Link in bio to register.
Regram @pdxclimbersofcolor !! Here’s Anne Marie crushing as per usual // Make sure to follow and join this climbing group that is #melanatedandelevated 📢🙌 // They meet up and climb every week! // also! Another shout for our upcoming workshop this weekend on Sunday night 4/22 from 5pm-7:30pm ish. We are hanging out with @barkformthood to listen to a podcast about whiteness and then have dynamic discussion! It’s important to show up and sit in our discomfort! Let’s all get together and unlearn implicit bias especially at a time when Black folks can’t even sit at a Starbuck’s. ✊️
Join us for a dynamic discussion about how whiteness was constructed in America (occupied Turtle Island). Link in bio to register or $10 cash at the door 🌸 thanks to @barkformthood for sharing their space!
A message from Erin Monahan, founder of Terra Incognita and facilitator: People often ask why am I, a white woman, hosting these events? Good question. White people need to be having these discussions with each other. Exploitation lies at the heart of the expectation to always and only have people of color educate us. We cannot decenter whiteness until we understand it. Having these conversations and digging deep into them is absolutely necessary. Often, when I get asked if a woman of color will be doing the work of facilitating, it is a question wedged in white supremacy and entitlement. It is tokenizing. In this workshop, we will question things like this and really hash it out. I’m excited to learn with you all. 🌟 thank you @barkpdx for hosting! 🌿❤️
Only 30 spots! Get tickets with the link in our bio! Feel free to share. This is going to be a series of very important conversations that people need to be having.
Regram of @wilddiversity in Payahüünadü, the place of flowing water, acenstral homelands of the tribes who have lived there for time immemorial. Get to know what Wild Diversity is all about, as well as other amazing people and organizers by visiting our link in bio. ✨
WHITENESS is an issue that many are afraid of addressing as if someone was forcing you to touch a cactus. 🌵
Terra Incognita Media wants to provide a multitude of opportunities to engage in dialogue about whiteness. We begin our "Deconstructing Whiteness" discussions with a listening party. The group sits together and listens to the introduction and first part of the podcast series called, “Seeing White” by John Biewan, with special guest Chenjerai Kumanyika. Of course, individuals can listen at home, but we find by listening to it together in the same space that the material is fresh and our minds can sink in. This podcast addresses whiteness in the United States and how it came to be – how race came to be constructed. There are 14 episodes that conclude with the idea of transformation. 🌵 more info to come for our next discussion. Stay tuned!
Seeing White podcast listening party and discussion. Join us for a discussion on whiteness. We will spend the first 45 min or so listening to the podcast and then the remainder of the time will be dedicated to discussion. $5 suggested donation or subscribe for $1 (or any amount that you can so generously donate for more feminist media and organizing) to become a patron of Terra Incognita and get in for free at all our events in the future, as well as exclusive updates about what we’re up to!
Seeing White Listening Party will be hosted at Daybreak Cohousing in the community meeting room off N Killingsworth in Portland, Oregon on Sunday April 22 from 4-6pm. (Date and time subject to change, but we are pretty sure this will be the plan).
@rei why are you 🗑? This is a new quiz REI sent to its email subscribers. Who are these “average” Americans you surveyed? And did you include any “average” people experiencing houselessness? Here in Portland, OR and many cities throughout the US, there is a housing crisis. What’s REI doing for those people who can’t find a safe place INSIDE? Why aren’t they finding ways to sponsor those who truly are outside for #1440 minutes all day, everyday? What about programs for the houseless? REI, being a company that doesn’t give a shit about its employees, of course doesn’t give a shit about people who are forced to live outside due to circumstances beyond their control. If you have not heard of REI Employees For Change...google it and read up about how REI doesn’t guarantee its employees stable hours, doesn’t have much opportunity for folks to secure full-time work (because that would mean REI would need to provide benefits and CEO Jerry Stritzke is an asshole), they don’t provide sustainable living wages, and many stores have issues getting their schedules to their employees within 3 weeks notice. REI has enjoyed record profits for the last 3 years, yet they can’t make these things happen for their employees? REI encourages people to get outside and yet, can their employees afford to get outside?? Getting outside is a luxury for some, and a forced outcome for others. But is REI addressing these things? Nope. They are reeling in the dough and happy with their capitalist, supremacist motives.
WE ARE 81 PATRONS AWAY FROM OUR 100 PATRON GOAL! Please go to our link in bio and pledge just $1 a month if you can (and if you have found relief in Terra Incognita amidst the mountains of bullshit in the outdoor industry). — “terra incognita" means "unknown land." This is a phrase cartographers would use to label areas that were "undiscovered" in Turtle Island. We use the phrase, "terra incognita," as way of jabbing at early colonizers because this land was always home to Indigenous peoples. Before settlers came to the shores of Turtle Island supremacist narratives were already fomenting. These people came to the shores not out of ignorance, but with definitive mal-intent. Early European settlers subscribed to a way of looking at the world in hierarchies, deeming some as "other," and "lesser," just because they appeared to be different. The social construct of whiteness was always at play. This, of course, led to European colonization and genocide of Indigenous people, the affects of which are ongoing, and the fight against these forces continue to this day. This media platform is one way we protest.
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The douchebaggery just keeps on coming. The outdoor industry is just ripe with it. @justbombergear posted a heinously misogynistic post that degraded our good friend, @lizzyvanpatten ‘s incredibly accomplished, credentialed, comprehensive, and built from the ground up grassroots style guide company called @she_movesmountains founded by @lizzyvanpatten and @carey_devictoria_michel themselves. You all have our support to harass and unfollow this account. If you don’t have a developed conscious enough to realize how degrading, belittling, and dehumanizing a post like this is, you deserve to be dragged. Follow @she_movesmountains for the whole story. #whyaremen #douchebagdecree
@mypubliclands gets the award for douchebag of the century. Read below for why. This pisses us off to the moon and back. It should piss you off too. “Public” lands is a bullshit way to say “we stole this land and it’s our playground now. We make it really hard for anyone who is not white to play too.” It looks like they edited the caption - doing the least. #stayoutraged Regram: @indigenouswomenhike @mypubliclands ignored the voices of Indigenous people as well as our accomplices. The caption of this post contributes to the erasure of Paiute history. @mypubliclandshas a 302k reach— they are posting incorrect information and have yet to hear our voices and make this right. I was told to “let it go”... if this is the attitude we have toward these situations then what kind of example does that set for our youth? They need to know that we can make change. Our homelands are not just for climbers they are our sacred lands. In this post BLM implies that only climbers visit the table lands when there is so much more history unrelated to climbing. When anyone who has visited knows that there is evidence of the Paiute people everywhere. @legendaryskiestribalguides writes “FYI— in the early 1900’s the tablelands were set aside for local Paiute/Shoshone Natives as the Casa Diablo Reservation. This was prior to that status being revoked and much smaller parcels of land identified and “given” to the original inhabitants. The Valley floor was then “given” almost entirely to the city of Los Angeles and the surrounding mountains and hills left to be managed by BLM and USFS respectively.” I really hope that there will be a revision made. I also want to thank the people who have stood in solidarity with us on this matter. To contact them about this post and ask that it be revised call (916) 978-4400. Ask for the person in charge of social media. Her name is Samantha. #getitright #paiuteland #payahuunadü#bureaulandmanagement #patagonia #rei#thenorthface #climbing #bouldering#dirtbag #climbingincalifornia#rockclimbing #firstpeople
Yup. Thanks for the post @freenegrouniversity 🌹#mlk50 #corettascottking #martinlutherkingjr
We are so excited to finally publish this piece on #Wakanda and #anticolonialism by our newest contributing writer, @bad_gal_nini 💕Abram writes, "This film is telling us something crucial about urbanity, sustainability, and nature; anti-colonialism is central in reimagining who engages with our environmental future and how we should do it." 💕
PLUS! Custom artwork by the incredible Alyssa Denay Carter @alyssadenaycarter 💕 Carter and Abram are friends at Colorado College, so Carter created the artwork for this piece inspired by Abram's words. Read the essay and learn more about these creative powerhouses by clicking the link in bio!
Image via the Sacramento Bee. //This nation that elected its first Black president, is now seeing in high-definition the strange fruits of today’s resegregation. Sacramento is in shock and protest right now over the unjust slaying of 22 year old and innocent father of two, Stephon Clark. Here in Portland, Oregon there was a vigil last Sunday night to mourn the loss of yet another Black life taken too soon. @pdx_resistance and community members gathered at Director Park in downtown Portland to speak out against gun violence and police brutality, as well as highlight the importance of using whatever privileges we have to counter racial injustice. // new content link in profile. // #blacklivesmatter #sayhername #resist #stephonclark
And meanwhile the NRA is tweeting, “Policy decisions need to be made based on logic, not emotions.” It seems neither logic or emotions control policy decisions, however. It’s money. Logic shows us that this country is killing Black people, that this is modern day lynching, that we are not post-racial, that we are in a period of re-segregation. Emotions will show us that politicians don’t care. When we talk about mass shootings and gun violence, we simultaneously need to be talking about Stephon Clark, Alton Sterling, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Colten Boushie, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many more innocent lives, and how white supremacy functions in these tragedies.
Image via @the.root -- #stephonclark was in his backyard holding his white cellphone that the police in Sacramento, CA mistook as a gun. They shot him 20 times in 7 seconds. He was 22 years old. Horrifying doesn't even begin to describe this. There will be a vigil to honor his life in Portland, Oregon tomorrow night. As we protest mass shootings at schools, let's think about the white privilege that comes with being able to walk out of your school without consequence. Let's think about the privilege it is to exist in your own backyard without consequence. The police were created out of night patrols, their primary responsibility being to keep slaves and natives under control. They were created to protect white families, and police black families. The police have historically been one of the greatest threats to Black livelihood and well-being. Today, our Black friends, family members, and neighbors are being killed unjustly. Never stay quiet. If you want to learn more about this, we suggest reading #soyouwanttotalkaboutrace by @ijeomaoluo #blacklivesmatter #policebrutality