• narrative

    ahéhee’

    may you walk in beauty

    March 8, 2019
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    The Navajo community is a strong matrilineal society. Following Diné tradition, my formal introduction presents both my maternal and paternal clan. I am Tł’ááshchí’í (my mother’s clan). I was born for Ta’neeszahnii (my father’s clan). That’s who I am. I carry my mother’s being with me—for we are one. I walk in the footsteps of […]

    dog days

    a week with rosie

    March 1, 2019
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    You’re a hunter-gatherer. Despite the wild beasts stalking in the dark and the harsh weather, you cling to life as fiercely as muscle clings to bone. You are sinew and ligament, rough hands and dirt-caked fingernails. And you have a dog who runs with you, sniffing, hunting, guarding. You’re a farmer, putting down roots in […]

    weighing in on freshman 15

    for a healthier sense of self

    March 1, 2019
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    Before I actually stepped foot on campus, I heard about the foreboding “freshman 15” from family and friends: “You won’t notice the weight gain until it’s too late, so watch out for the 15 pounds that will sneak up on you over the course of your first year.” I found this shocking, to the point […]

    to all the boys who screwed her (over)

    from her best friend

    February 22, 2019
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    My best friend and I, we were transcendent. She transcended boundaries, and I transcended borders to be her best friend. My other friends hated it. “I just don’t agree with her lifestyle,” one of them told me one day. I told her she didn’t have to. My best friend acted like she didn’t care. Most […]

    bootleg access

    a door to musical theatre

    February 22, 2019
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    Picture this—a young Native girl sitting in her bedroom quietly cursing her limited internet connection. She scrolls through YouTube, clicking on videos with bizarre names: “Autumn going to bed (definitely not the Deaf West production of Spring),” “don’t do drugs part 1,” “Mean Girls Make Pink Slime On Wednesdays!!! (SHOCKING).” Yes, this girl is scrolling […]