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Indigenous Goddess Gang

Creating a space for sharing medicine through poetry, food & seed knowledge, herbalism, music and more. This is a space for reclaiming knowledge from an indigenous femme lens. Each month we will honor a different tribe of matriarchs in our fashion shoots. Each month we will continue to grow and share the knowledge of our matriarchs and share that medicine. 

Indigenous Goddess Gang is a space intended for INDIGENOUS people. We've had our land taken from us, we've had our cultures taken from us,  we've had our languages taken from us. This is a step towards reclaiming our knowledge, identity and medicine.  This site is not intended for exploiting or appropriating.  Tread lightly and respectfully. 

Shy Natives

Shy Natives

Shorty with the Sage.


Shy Natives: Jordan and Madison Craig
featuring Josie Valadez Fraire


i often joke to my sistars that people always comment on three things about me:

- my body

- my hair

- my height 

in that order

the comments all have to do with physicality

it’s always about my Brown body.

when i was young, i quickly learned that my widening hips and growing breasts should be hidden

or i would be blamed for the attention my 8 year old frame received.

my childhood has the bitter taste of discomfort and sexualization.

it sounds like violent comments and cries of humiliation.

i forgot what “safe” felt like

even within my first home - this body.

i don’t remember being happy with this body but i now know how hard i worked to love her.

and sometimes that love looks like

a whole weekend creating art  and ritual with new sistars

having pictures taken of me

having lingerie made to fit

not hiding these fertile hips

these images capture something that i struggle to describe

they show my wholeness

my body - as i want it presented

my spirit - as it illuminates my most authentic self

my growth - as i resist the poisonous thoughts and options about my body and how it’s right/wrong/inappropriate 

but they also capture much more

like the sistar magik that new connections created

the gentle energy that made me want to show myself - heart, mind, body, and spirit.

Madi and Jordan cultivated a safe place without male gaze

where my soft body was free to move and spread

wearing something made just for me

and i am reminded of that freedom every time i put the art of my sistars on my body

as my hands trace the stitches Madi so carefully worked to position

and when i look at how warmly Jordan captured my whole self

how they, together, created a space for me to celebrate this vessel

they encouraged me to be an ancient vision made flesh

it’s always been about my body

but never like this 

Shy Natives isn’t about just making cute bralettes for indigenous womxn to wear

or developing beautiful pictures

it’s about fueling the power of healing through comfort

feeling the strength in our voices as we say “yes” to ourselves

and seeing the force of our raw bodies thriving unapologetically

it’s about our duty to break free of these toxic systems and what they do to our bodies

that’s what Shy Natives does

it liberates

even if just for a weekend

of ceremony for Brown bodies

like mine

like yours

like ours.

 

 

 

handmade lingerie: Shy Natives (@shynatives)

photographers: Shy Natives (@shynatives; Jordan and Madison Craig)

model: Josie Valadez Fraire (@josievf)

set design: Diego Medina (@daydreamboy)

location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

date: May 21, 2018

Words by Josie Valadez Fraire

 

 

nDee mommy -Aniinashaa Ndih Shime' Goljj

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