“One thing that activism has taught me is to use my voice…I can share photographs about what I’m doing but also tell a story. We come from a storytelling tradition and I think that more of our voices need to be out there.”
Guarina Lopez (Pascua Yaqui) is a visual artist, mother, runner, cyclist, and the founder of Native Women Ride. As a lifelong Indigenous activist and environmentalist, she utilizes photography, film, and writing to share stories of the land and Indigenous communities. In the episode, Guarina tells us about growing up in New Mexico (among other places), the ways her childhood shaped her, and her journey as a woman of color in running and cycling. With years of experience in museums, non-profits, and institutions of higher education, Guarina has a strong presence in the running community with several initiatives that highlight underrepresented communities and center anti-racist work.
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Proceeds benefit the American Indian and Indigenous Health Alliance (AIIHA) at the University of Arizona.
In This Episode:
- Mujeres Muralistas
- Native Women Ride
- Grounded Podcast | Episode 5 – Verna Volker
- Trail Runner Magazine’s Apology Instagram Post – June 15th, 2021
- Grounded Podcast Instagram Post in Response – June 15th, 2021
- You Cannot Erase Us: Letter From An Indigenous Runner, by Guarina Lopez, Trail Runner Magazine (Online), July 23, 2021
- The Red Nation
Follow Guarina Lopez, Native Women Ride, and more:
- Native Women Ride: @native_women_ride
- This Native Land Photography: @this_native_land
- Call Me By My Name Project: @call_me_by_my_name_project
- Natives Tell Stories: @modernnatives_personal_regalia
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Music by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM).
This podcast was made possible through the Tracksmith Fellowship Program.