Today, we’re celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day! We’ve put together a small sample of our favorite resources, but this is by no means exhaustive—take time today to listen to indigenous leaders on social media and beyond to be sure you’re in the know.
PEOPLE TO FOLLOW
This documentary project by Matika Wilbur aims to photograph over 562 indigenous nations in stunning, vivid visuals.
This account shares stories of native women, championing their experiences in nature and beyond.
Natives Outdoors’ Instagram and website is full of a wealth of information about current issues faced by indigenous communities and features stories about outdoor experiences and sustainability.
SOMETHING TO HEAR
Listen to hosts Matika Wilbur and Adrienne Keene discuss how their relationship to the land, their ancestors, and each other shape their lives. (Pstt—be sure to follow them on Instagram, too!)
SOMETHING TO READ
This article from the NPS discusses the peoples who called the Mojave home prior to the foundation of Joshua Tree National Park.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been doing a lot of reading this quarantine, specifically from this reading list that NativesOutdoors released this summer. We highly recommend Dispossessing the Wilderness, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, and There, There.
SOMETHING TO WATCH
North of the Arctic Circle, the Gwich’in people fight to protect land and animal from oil and gas development in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; in Utah, indigenous groups are doing much the same.
MORE PLACES TO LEARN
In 1969, a group of Native activists occupied Alcatraz island. Their actions set off a wave of direct action that continues to the present day.
Learn about what the original stewards of the land in California have long known—there are benefits to cultural burning.
Yosemite was home to indigenous tribes for thousands of years before the last settlement was removed in 1969. Learn about the new construction of a roundhouse outside of Camp 4 where the original Wahhoga Village was located. The roundhouse will be made available for the use of tribal leaders for cultural and spiritual ceremonies and stand in memorial for the members of tribal communities that live in the valley long before John Muir first set foot there.