Thanksgiving Technology: Online Avenues for IRL Indigenous Support and Celebration

While technology is now more often associated with Cyber Monday and online Black Friday Deals, the digital space still has a role to play in Thanksgiving and all its avenues of celebration.

Emphasizing restorative justice alongside gratitude during Thanksgiving is a much larger cultural conversation, but there are a plethora of easily accessible resources on platforms from YouTube to Instagram to traditional www-style URLs to learn about both the history and the current of the nation’s native peoples, and to support ongoing social justice and entrepreneurial efforts. For example:

1. Long Comma Kelsey: https://linktree/longcommakelsey - Kelsey Long (she/her) is an ultrarunner with a long set of missions. Via her instagram platform, Long promotes awareness of women, and especially native women’s place in the extreme outdoor arena. She also provides information on and ways to donate to causes like the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

2. Native Women’s Wilderness: - In their own words, Native Women’s Wilderness “was created to bring Native women together to share our stories, support each other, and learn from one another as we endeavor to explore and celebrate the wilderness and our native lands.”

Founded by a tough and inspiring group of native people, Native Women’s Wilderness offers community event organization and cultural education via Instagram, Facebook, and their website for those outside the groups their missions focus on.

3. Queer Nature: - Queer Nature was originated by Native Women’s Wilderness co-founder, the Indigenous, multi-talented, 2020 Audubon National Society’s National Environmental Champion award recipient Pinar Sinopoulos-Lloyd (they/them) and their partner, self-described white, queer, Greek-American naturalist and scholar So Sinopoulos-Lloyd (they/them). Queer Nature fosters “nature-intimacy, naturalist studies, [and] place-based skills for LGBTQIA+, two-spirit, and non-binary people and allies.” The organization provides classes, public education, art, and nature-based-wonder both in-person and across platforms like Instagram, the organization’s website, and Patreon.

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By Dr. Miceala Shocklee

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