The Grounded Podcast with Dinée Dorame is a weekly podcast exploring the intersection between running, culture, land and community through long-form conversations with runners of all backgrounds and levels. I want to know– what grounds you?
This project was made possible through the generous funding of the Tracksmith Fellowship.
Host – Dinée Dorame
Yá’át’ééh! My name is Dinée and I’m the host of the Grounded Podcast with Dinée Dorame. Tábąąhá nishłį́, Naakai dine’é bashishchiin, Tótsohníí dashicheii, Naakai dine’é dashinalí. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishłį́. Tséhootsooí déé’ naashá. Be’eldííl Dah Sinil kééhasht’į́.
I’m a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a self-identified running nerd. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM (on Tiwa ancestral lands), although my mother’s side of the family is originally from Ft. Defiance, AZ on the Navajo Reservation. I am also of Indigenous Mexican and Yaqui descent on my father’s side. I graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2015. I worked as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale for three years before I moved back to New Mexico to work more directly with my community. Currently, I am the Associate Director of College Horizons, a national college access program providing college admission and financial aid workshops for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students and families.
I’ve never been the fastest runner in any field, but I have learned that ultimately, movement is what grounds me in life and it has become my favorite medium for storytelling. As a Diné woman, running has always been part of my daily routine and connection to the land. I know every runner has a unique journey to this sport, and I want to understand what is beneath the training and racing for all of us. I hope you enjoy the stories shared! Ahéhee’!
Podcast Music – Jacob Shije
The music for this podcast was created by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM). You can check him out on Soundcloud or follow him on Instagram (@jacobshije). It was important to me to share this space with other Native artists and I’m incredibly grateful he was willing to create the music for the show.
For more links to Jacob’s work, click HERE.