Indigenous Women Hike
3 minutes, United States, 2018
They say when you’re lost you should come home
?Come home to your mother’s heartbeat?
Come home to your father’s days
?Come home from the moon to remember how you’re made
"Indigenous Women Hike aims to regenerate the relationship between the land and its original people, while consequently decolonizing the history of Indigenous territories. IWH understands there is an inherent connection, responsibility and medicine exchange that takes place mutually between Indigenous people and the land they come from. In its inception, Indigenous Women Hike reignited the ancestral relationship between Paiute women and the Nüümü Poyo. Long before it was named the John Muir Trail, before Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were named, many of these trails were first walked by our people for hunting and trade with surrounding tribal nations throughout the Sierras. The Nüümü Poyo hike that occurred this August by Indigenous Women Hike is not simply a reclamation of ancestral trade routes, it is an act of continuity in our resilient relationship and responsibility to our land and to our people. It is the evidence of having always been here."
Words by Tazbah Rose Chavez (Nüümü, Diné, San Carlos Apache) from "Hiking the Nüümü Poyo: An Act of Love by Indigenous Women" featured on Project 562's Blog.
Director(s): Matika Wilbur