WE ARE OUR ANCESTORS WILDEST DREAMS
Happy Spring! ISSUE 5 of Indigenous Goddess Gang is here!
This issue’s theme is We Are Our Ancestors Wildest Dreams. It is 2018 and we acknowledge that we could not thrive today without the medicine of our ancestors. We honor their teachings as we work to be good ancestors for our future generations. We are dreaming an Indigenous Femme Future!
This issue is a celebration and honoring of our Indigenous Boss Babes! For our fashion component, we teamed up with the relatives from Native Women's Business Summit, a collective of Indigenous business women from the Albuquerque, NM area. We also feature the work and art of Bethany Yellowtail, Calandra Etsitty, Jenn Harper, Neeko Garcia, Janene Yazzie, and IGG's own Kim Smith. In our Indigenous Midwifery section, Nicole Gonzales talks about reproductive justice from the lens of a birth worker. Our Seed Keeper Rowen White writes a beautiful piece titled, They tried to bury us but they didn’t know we were seeds. Maizie Hellegers serves some AMAZing recipes in our Food Medicine section; Three words: AVOCADO HOMINY SALSA! In our Strong Women section Christine Means shares her yoga medicine in Indigenous Goddess Yoga. Our Goddess section highlights the work of contemporary, empowering Native Women Entrepreneurs. In our Healing My Body Is Healing The Land section Kim Smith shares her experiences with resistance camps and the intersection of the effects of extractive industry between the land and the body. Dear Patriarchy features a podcast interview by Broken Boxes Podcast with the founders of Queer Nature, a project promoting ecological literacy and relationship building with living and non-living earth systems through ancestral-futurist resilience skills. Our Self Care Medicine section offers tips on how to boost your immune system and fight back against cold and flu by Diné Auntie Asdzaan Nez. Word To Your Mother features Swept, a vulnerable and radical poem on being an indigenous mother by Rose B. Simpson. In our Land, Water, Dignity section, Jade Begay shares insight on loving yourself and the land this Spring! And our Photo Femmes section celebrates the work of Issue 5 featured photographer Shayla Blatchford.
Like all things new, we have hit a few stumbling blocks along our journey, but your support has led us into our 5th issue! We continue to learn so much from our Goddess Gang and our readers alike, and with each issue we strive to grow and produce content which will inspire and connect. The outpouring of support & gratitude is felt. Ahéhee! We hosted a spring solstice fundraiser & part of those resources went to support the photoshoot in this issue. Thank you to the relatives who donated!
Indigenous Goddess Gang
Editors Kim Smith & Ginger Dunnill