Queer Nature on Reclaiming Wild Safe Space/101
How can a queer framework guide us as we move through this liminal time period? How can queer ecology radically change our way of knowing? This week’s episode acknowledges that in order to expand ourselves to our fullest capacity, we must bend beyond the cultural and gender binaries that dominant society projects amongst us, to begin this process we need not look further than what has always been.
Guided by culturally informed queer ancestral realities & futurist dreams, Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd of Queer Nature explore how queering our awareness can dismantle the supremacist, ecocidal, and genocidal existence we find ourselves in today.
Queer Nature is an education and social sculpture project based on Arapaho, Ute, and Cheyenne territories that actively dreams into decolonially-informed queer ‘ancestral futurism’ through mentorship in place-based skills with awareness of post-industrial/globalized/ecocidal contexts. Place-based skills include naturalist studies, handcrafts, “survival skills,” and recognition of colonial and indigenous histories of land, and are framed in a container that emphasizes deep listening and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems. Co-envisioned by Pinar and So Sinopoulos-Lloyd, Queer Nature designs and facilitates nature-based workshops and multi-day immersions intended to be financially, emotionally, and physically accessible to LGBTQI2+ people and QTBIPOCs. Queer Nature carries the story and hope that these spaces create resilient narratives of belonging for folx who have often been made to feel by systems of oppression that they biologically, socially, or culturally don’t belong. Queer Nature has collaborated with Wilderness Awareness School, the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University, Women’s Wilderness, and ReWild Portland.
Join Ayana in conversation with So and Pinar as they explore how tracking and trailing answer the call of our ancestral bodies and the land, what deep intimacy with the more than human world looks like, how place-based skills are tools of liberation, and how to heal community, we cannot solely be in reciprocal relationships, we must be in accountable ones as well.
Music by Y La Bamba & Elisapie.
+ Action Points from Queer Nature +
+ Check out the website https://native-land.ca (it is also an app), it lets you know what First Nations territories you are on!
+ See if you can find Indigenous dictionaries or language projects that can help inform you of the first names of rivers, mountains, and non-human beings in your bioregion. In our area, we consult the online dictionary at the Arapaho Language Project, which is part of CU Boulder.
+ You can support Queer Nature’s Patreon through https://www.patreon.com/queernature
+ You can donate directly to Queer Nature through the website: www.queernature.org (though we are an LLC and not a non-profit, so donations are not tax deductible).
+ Tax-deductible donations that support a local grant-funded series of workshops that we run collaboratively can be made here: https://www.womenswilderness.org/donations/
(For Women's Wilderness donations, please include a note that it's for Queer Nature programs!)
+ Donate to Right Relationship Boulder - They have been working with the Northern and Southern Arapaho tribes who were displaced from the Boulder Valley by colonization to give land and land use rights back to the Arapaho people: