We have a rich culture and it has been hard to access
“Some things that large groups of people have believed since long ago in ancient times are most likely true. My grandmother was taught that when an animal is butchered, the blood should run into the ground because the animal has a soul. Later that belief was banned by the church , but we have since found that all animals can be tested for their own unique and individual DNA, just like human beings. This proves to me they really do have a soul!”
MURDERED & MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN
The numbers are staggering. Our women and girls are being taken from us in an alarming way. Our women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than other ethnicities and it’s the third leading cause of death for our Women (Centers for Disease Control). The majority of these murders are committed by non-Native people on Native-owned land. Because of the lack of communication between state, local, and tribal law enforcement, it’s difficult to begin the investigation process.
These numbers speak for themselves, yet it’s surprising to me how few people actually know about these events.
NO MORE STOLEN SISTERS
The founders of Native Womens Wilderness and Indigenous Women Hike came together, and along with Native artists created this beautiful image to honor our woman and support the campaign. #MMIW is very close to our hearts, through personal experiences and love for our People. Red is the official color of the #MMIW campaign, but it goes deep and has significant value. In various tribes, red is known to be the only color spirits see. It is hoped that by wearing red, we can call back the missing spirits of our women and children so we can lay them to rest. Through our amazing artist @the_tactician and editor @warpartypictures, we chose a turquoise teardrop earring to represent our sorrow and tears. Turquoise is worn for protection by many tribes to ward off evil spirits, but it’s also a symbol of strength and prosperity. May our women and children prosper and be kept safe.
To inspire and raise the voices of Native Women in the Outdoor Realm. To encourage a healthy lifestyle grounded in the Wilderness. To educate Natives and non-Natives on the rich beauty and heritage of the Ancestral Lands beneath our feet.
Native Women’s Wilderness was created to bring Native women together to share our stories, support each other, and learn from one another as we endeavor to explore and celebrate the wilderness and our native lands.
We have a lot of goals around here! These are at the top of our list…
- Promote women of color in the mainstream advertising campaigns of outdoor retailers.
- Encourage the celebration of exploration of the outdoors.
- Provide education of Ancestral Lands and their People.
- Inspire women to get outside and enjoy the outdoor realm.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle within the Wilderness.
- Provide resources for information and community.
- Encourage outdoor education and leadership training for women and school-age girls.
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