Travel is an inherently political act; failing to recognize the colonization and theft of native lands has — for far too long — been the standard in the travel industry. These Indigenous women and femmes are creating content that inspires us to travel better and to be better allies.
From jealousy-inducing adventures to educational content, their work pushes boundaries and leads the way toward a better shared experience. Follow each of these creators for inspiration, insights, tips, and so much more!
1. Redstreak Girl (Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst)
Nicky is the founder of Redstreak Girl, a fashion and lifestyle blog sharing stories and tips since 2013. She is a Standing Rock Sioux & Diné, a mother of two teens, and wife to a punk rock musician.
On Redstreak Girl, Nicky writes about plus-sized fashion, Native fashion, geekdom, the Arizona local scene, and topics in Indian Country. She is also a Ph.D. student studying the use of social media platforms by Native Americans to advocate about issues that impact them.
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2. Jen Rivera Bell
Jen is an Indigenous mama on a journey of intentional living with a passion for food, travel, and sustainability! Follow her on YouTube to learn all about homeschooling, zero waste living, and so much more.
3. Nature Chola (Karen Ramos)
Karen Vera-Ramos is a proud Indigenous-migrant woman belonging to the NuuSavii and Yosocuya native people in the Mixtec region in Oaxaca, Mexico. Although deeply affected by the racism she experienced as a child, today she stands strong in her commitment to use storytelling about her lived experience, as a catalyst to hopefully help expand people’s idea of “Indigenous/native”.
4. Jaylyn Gough
Jaylyn Gough is a photographer, writer, speaker, and the founder of Native Women’s Wilderness, which was created to share stories, learn, and support other Native Women on the Land. Native Women’s Wilderness was created out of frustration over the lack of Women of Color represented in the Outdoor Industries — let alone a Native Woman.
Jaylyn is from the Navajo Reservation and grew up as a Rez kid throwing baby rattlesnakes, playing in the arroyos, and doing everything she was told not to do.
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5. Cali Wolf
Cali is from the Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta Tribe from Rosebud, South Dakota. She resides in Denver and works as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse.
Cali is an activist who brings awareness to native issues within Native and non-Native communities. By sharing her story, she hopes to bridge the gap between all Natives, including those like herself who are reconnecting with the culture as an adult.
6. Jolie Varela
Jolie is the founder of Indigenous Women Hike, an organization that gathers a community of Native women together to explore their heritage and relearn their ancestral landscape.
She is a hiker, water protector, and land defender. Based out of Payahuunadü, the place of flowing water, also known as Owens Valley, California, Jolie is a citizen of the Tule River Yokut and Paiute Nations.
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7. Angels Ventures (Angel Tadytin)
Angel is a Diné hiker, mother, lifter, and adventurer! She is the creator of Adventurous Natives, a place to share adventures, experiences, places, and stories from the Native American community.
8. Numu Wanderer (Autumn Harry)
Autumn is from Kooyooe Pa’a Panunadu, also known as Pyramid Lake, located in Northern Nevada. Autumn is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and is Numu (Paiute) and Diné (Navajo). A graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno, she is studying Geography with an emphasis on Indigenous mapping methods and restoration of Indigenous place names.
She says her life is dedicated to the advancement of Indigenous rights within her communities, including water, land and fisheries protection, and providing awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls, queer, and two-spirit relatives.
9. Lily the Zapotec Traveler
Lily is a migrant Indigenous woman native to the Central Valley of Oaxaca and a proud Zapoteca born and raised in Santa Monica, California. She moved to Oaxaca in 2013 and saw the lack of representation of Indigenous people, especially women, that existed in the travel industry there. Lily turned her parents’ home into an Airbnb and began offering experiences to guests and travelers in Oaxaca to support Indigenous-owned businesses in Oaxaca City and the Tlacolula Valley. She now also runs an organic café, Cafe Niixh, and co-founded Criollito, a local Tlacolula restaurant celebrating the use of native corn.
10. Around the World in Katy Days
Katy (or Kait) is a multigenerational mixed race person who holds a lot of identities, including Xicana, Indigena, Sephardic, Filipina, and German/Swiss all at once. She is an artist, writer, and activist educating folx on Indigenous issues. And she is also a Native Women’s Wilderness leader and ambassador.
11. Charlie Amáyá Scott (Diné Aesthetic(s))
Charlie Amáyá Scott is a Diné scholar born and raised within the Navajo Nation. As a doctoral student, Charlie is intrigued by the intricacies of higher education, settler colonialism, and social media. Their work is informed by a desire for a more just and liberating education that supports and inspires the next generation of queer, trans, and Indigenous students. Charlie reflects, analyzes, and critiques what it means to be a Diné in the 21st century on their blog.
12. Tenille K. Campbell (tea&bannock)
Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Métis author and photographer from English River First Nation, Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is enrolled in her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. Her inaugural poetry book, #IndianLovePoems (Signature Editions, 2017) is an award-winning collection of poetry that focuses on Indigenous Erotica, using humor and storytelling to reclaim and explore ideas of Indigenous sexuality. She is also the artist behind sweetmoon photography and the co-creator of tea&bannock, a collective of Indigenous women photographers discussing life, culture, and inspiration.
13. Amanda Mitchell (Athabascan Adventures)
Amanda Mitchell is a photographer who loves to adventure in Alaska. She is also Athabascan, also known as Alaska Native. Her grandparents raised their 11 children in Holy Cross, Alaska, on the Yukon River. Amanda was also raised there before moving all over the state of Alaska with her mother and brothers. “Life is beautiful and being Alaska Native has taught me so much about so many cultures and history. It’s amazing what our people have been through and what we continue to do,” she wrote.
14. Sarain Fox
Sarain Fox is Anishinaabe from Batchawana First Nation, just outside of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario. She is passionate about empowering Indigenous communities and amplifying their voices, especially those of youth. She is a dancer, choreographer, stylist, activist, brand ambassador, television host (including for Viceland’s RISE), and content producer. She uses her platform to celebrate the immense knowledge and talent of Indigenous people, designers, and brands and prove that Indigenous representation matters…and is desired!
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