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
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 ❤️❤️❤️
Instead of working hard to avoid the discomfort of difficult conversations, let’s work hard to have them. We are getting ready for our “Intersectionality in the Outdoors” workshop series that starts THIS TUESDAY. Email or DM for scholarships, questions, concerns, or requests.
“I'm just a southern dude who loves the outdoors. By day, I’m a biologist with nine years of experience working with birds, plants, and fish. That basically means I can bore people with random facts about plants and animals on the trail.
Besides being an amateur hiker, I'm also a mediocre rock climber, a so-so chess player, a middle-of-the-road cook, and an average runner. I try to have my hands in a lot of things, and my goal is to eventually become an expert in at least one of them.” — Rikeem is a leader of Joyn. Joyn is a website to find group classes for movement and joy that look and feel different. It’s creating a community where all people have permission to be themselves and engage with like-minded leaders and participants. A few examples of classes include People of Color Hike, Body Love Yoga, A Walk in the Park, and Fat Girls Hiking. 🏔We endorse Joyn because their mission aligns with ours! Building truly inclusive community with intersectionality at the core, is the primary way to create access to resources, health, and well-being for all bodies.
This series starts next Monday May 7th at daybreak co-housing! Inquire about scholarship opportunities if the only thing that is keeping you from attending is finances! We want everybody to be able to attend who are dedicated to building inclusive community and organizations! Let us know how we can accommodate you and your situation if you’d like to attend, but don’t have the funds! Also, if you can come to one or two, and not all three, that’s okay!
[Image description: a woman sits on a short wall with her back to us looking over a gorge with a river running through it as a thick layer of clouds gather overhead at the twilight hour] Photo via Katey Bisso @_littlemtn .
Couchsurfing has no infrastructure to protect women* who use the platform for connecting with hosts while traveling. Sexual assault and harassment happen without consequence too often. Our newest contributor, Katey Bisso, shares their first hand experience with the irresponsibility of Couch Surfing management as their report of sexual assault was treated in the most trivial of ways, full of gaslighting, and victim-blaming. Perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment via Couchsurfing are still active on the site and hosting guests.
From Bisso’s essay: “I showed up at Giovanni’s home in Portici, Italy last Friday expecting to stay for two nights, and left after only one and a half hours. He seemed kind at first, much like I was expecting him to be, as he showed me around his apartment. We communicated using Google Translate’s conversation tool. But when we went up to the rooftop with a bottle of wine, things changed. He brought me over to a side railing to show me the view of Vesuvius (that I could see perfectly well from where I had been sitting before) and he trapped me between him and the rail with his arms around me, his body pressed against my back."
CALL TO ACTION: On April 30th we're calling for sexual harassment victims of men on Couchsurfing to share their experiences using the hashtags #MeToo #TimesUp #Couchsurfing in a bid to get the company to take down predatory hosts profiles and to take our safety more seriously through our listed demands. Please share your story on April 30th if you're a victim and feel comfortable doing so, or support us by retweeting and sharing this story to make the cause more widely known. Thank you!
. * This symbol accompanies 'women' and 'female' and is meant to be inclusive of all who are not cis-male as this affects all of us, though of course some (trans people, WOC) more than others (white women)
Join us for a three part workshop series where we will address intersectionality in the outdoor industry. The goal of these workshops is to build an inclusive “play, work, thrive” environment. Your facilitators are Erin Monahan, Lorena Jasis-Wallace, and Larissa Nez. Link in profile to register! Early bird tickets are available and limited 🌸— @bitchlomatic @lorenajw_x @canoecanoa
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! 🌿❤️