CENTERING THE LAND & CREATING THE FUTURE
How Indigenous methodologies can reframe the narrative and illuminate a path towards climate justice and a brighter future. Q+A on with Maya Dittloff (Dark Winds) on Land Based Storytelling + Methodologies to follow.
Allie Young is a citizen of the Diné Navajo Nation from the Northern Agency of the reservation in Northern New Mexico. She is a storyteller, writer, and activist on a mission to increase the authentic representation of Native people in TV, film, and mainstream media by sharing the stories and traditions of her ancestors to help her community persevere in a world where they are largely invisible, underrepresented, and misrepresented. As Program Manager at the organization Harness, she founded the program Protect the Sacred, a grassroots movement that focuses on educating and empowering the next generation of Indian Country leaders and allies, and executed powerful initiatives like Ride to the Polls ahead of the 2020 election. Through Protect the Sacred, Allie makes certain Native voices are centered in culture and policy, especially the voices of Indigenous youth and womxn. It is her objective to ensure that the stories of her people are no longer history - the fabricated American narrative perpetuated in textbooks and Hollywood Westerns. Instead, they will be authentic and from the original peoples, the original storytellers, of this land.