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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 feminist lens. Each issue 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. 

Jihan Gearon

Jihan Gearon

Photo by: Amy S. Martin

Photo by: Amy S. Martin


Jihan is a movement leader, skilled and creative facilitator, fundraiser, manager, popular educator, movement-builder and her experience and expertise includes work on Indigenous Peoples rights, environmental justice, climate justice, just transition, Indigenous feminism, and decolonization. Jihan is Diné and Black. She is Tódích’ií’nii (Bitter Water) clan, and her maternal grandfather is Tł’ashchí’í (Red Bottom People) clan. Jihan is from the community of Old Sawmill and she grew up in Fort Defiance, AZ. She was named one of the “Grist 50! The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016”.

I’ve been told by some a Dine “prophecy” that when women are in leadership many bad things will happen to our people and the world. I am a grassroots feminist because I already see bad things happening and I believe the prophesy means the leadership of women is most needed now.
— Jihan Gearon

Jihan-a graduate of Stanford University- is the Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition.  BMWC has been working to organize Navajo and Hopi communities for the protection of lands, water and future generations. Jihan also serves on the boards of Sustainable Nations Development Project and the Groundswell Fund.

In the summer of 2018 Jihan started painting, a year after being diagnosed with endometrial cancer and cured with a total hysterectomy. For Jihan, painting is healing and her method of creation. Her paintings give appreciation and respect to the beings that protected, motivated and transformed her during this time. Jihan's paintings are simultaneously vivacious and heavy, recognizable and hidden. While the bright colors and detailed lines hint at a signature style.

Her paintings were recently featured at the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival in a show entitled Gateways & Guardians.

“Momushka” by Jihan Gearon

“Momushka” by Jihan Gearon

Jihan is a lead organizer of the Indigenous Feminist Organizing School (IFOS) with Black Mesa Water Coalition, scheduled to take place April 12-14th in northern Arizona  in collaboration with Indigenous Environmental Network and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. With a focus on a diversity of Indigenous feminist theories and practices, organizers believe we can deepen our understanding and develop our articulation of a grassroots feminist framework that honors and celebrates indigenous cosmologies and land-based struggles for liberation. They envision learning about feminism that emphasizes the need for a harmonious relationship with Mother Earth, which will in turn strengthen community articulation of a Just Transition to a Feminist Economy. Through this IFOS organizers hope to explore a range of particular questions and ideas, including the relationship between colonialism and patriarchy, matrilineal governance structures, and indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality, among others. The deadline to apply is March 6th. Here is a link to the Indigenous Feminist Organizing School application https://www.blackmesawatercoalition.org/cause/apply-to-the-indigenous-feminist-organizing-school-deadline-march-6-2019/

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There is no word for “feminist” in our Indigenous languages, and often the word seems to trigger our spirit of resistance or defiance. But there are values and practices that honor the role of women, trans and gender variant people in our cultures. The school aims to explore unique perspectives and potential roles of ‘Indigenous Feminism’
— Jihan Gearon


Check out Jihan’s blog at www.navigatingcontradictions.com.


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