Morgan Sjogren ➸ Running Bum

Writing to protect the soul of wild spaces

To help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/san-juan-southern-paiute-covid19-relief-fund The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized Tribe whose territory is located in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Living amongst the Navajo and Hopi, in the areas of Tuba City, Willow Springs, and Navajo Mountain, the San Juan Southern Paiutes do not have a federally recognized reservation of their …

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What her story—set in the American Southwest—reveals about the future of our public lands MORGAN SJOGREN//OCTOBER 22, 2018 Original story link via REI:  https://www.rei.com/blog/hike/how-ada-hatch-helped-change-the-field-of-archaeology-for-women “They said if we didn’t succeed they would never hire women again.”Ada Hatch’s smile reflects the brilliance of her yellow sundress when she says this. But it’s not a sugary smile; it’s …

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Photo Credit Jay Kolsch You are uninviting, treacherous and hostile but also hauntingly beautiful, mesmerizing, inescapable. I am possessed by enigma. Unable to resist long trips to see you. Deep inside your canyons I find myself in a lovesick spell, drawn towards each twist, turn, pour off and log jam with no concern for the …

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I looked at my once caged mind from the other side of the fence. On my first attempt running up the Bears Ears I saw nothing but the blank white wall of a blizzard and strong winds slapping me in the face. It matched how I felt that February morning–cold, alone, sad and blind to …

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I finally feel the constant buzz of being a displaced outcast with a spinning head and a broken heart dissipate. I sit on the floor and on the ground outside for hours, the longest stretch of stillness for me in months (many months). I allow the weight of gravity to hold me in place. I …

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