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All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields
All fracked up: A debut memoir wrestles with toxic masculinity in the oil fields
Michael Patrick F. Smith’s ‘The Good Hand’ offers sharp observations on North Dakota’s extraction industry.
The alternatives to Instagram-ready desert art
The alternatives to Instagram-ready desert art
Popular installations often frame the desert as austere and inhospitable. But there are artists who look at the land differently.
‘Wild Indian’ is much more than just an Indigenous film
‘Wild Indian’ is much more than just an Indigenous film
Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s new picture pushes Indigenous cinema into the realm of the thriller genre, but does it go far enough?
Finding meaning on Joan Didion’s frontier
Finding meaning on Joan Didion’s frontier
With the release of a new collection, the 86-year-old author returns to her old work and a vast, complicated legacy.
Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado
Meet the gun-toting ‘Tenacious Unicorns’ in rural Colorado
How a transgender-owned alpaca ranch in Colorado foretells the future of the rural queer West.
How one student brings soil science down to earth
How one student brings soil science down to earth
Bo Collins’ goofy, profanity-laden social media presence makes scientific research seem humorous and relatable.
From boxes of memorabilia, sifting out a life
From boxes of memorabilia, sifting out a life
In her debut memoir, Danielle Geller researches her elusive mother — and the meaning of family.
What it took to investigate a suspicious town in the Mojave Desert
What it took to investigate a suspicious town in the Mojave Desert
The creator of the 2020 podcast California City reflects on how she exposed deceptive desert land sales — from the outside.
How an intimate burial can make death human-sized
How an intimate burial can make death human-sized
In burying a stranger, a writer learns that dying can be as small and personal as life.
How suspected fake Indigenous art wound up in a Wyoming museum
How suspected fake Indigenous art wound up in a Wyoming museum
Questions of authenticity and provenance surround artwork that traveled from East Texas to rural Wyoming.
In challenging times, love is an act of resistance
In challenging times, love is an act of resistance
Heid E. Erdrich’s new award-winning poetry collection, ‘Little Big Bully,’ seeks resilience through human connection.
Sage advice
Sage advice
The ecological and ethical problems of ‘smudging.’
‘Somebody has to keep people on their toes’
‘Somebody has to keep people on their toes’
High Country News’ unlikely and remarkable origin story.
Finding Indigenous futurism through dance
Finding Indigenous futurism through dance
A Santa Fe-based contemporary dance company makes reciprocity and community-building part of its performances.
Unraveling the mystery of a stolen ceremonial shield
Unraveling the mystery of a stolen ceremonial shield
How a sacred object from the Pueblo of Acoma turned up at a Paris auction house, and how the tribe fought for its return.
Where does Pride fit in a time of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter?
Where does Pride fit in a time of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter?
For organizers and participants, this is a chance to return to the roots of Pride — a fight for equity.
‘Love and Fury’ documents Indigenous artists at the vanguard
‘Love and Fury’ documents Indigenous artists at the vanguard
Sterlin Harjo’s latest film is a fascinating glimpse inside the minds of various Indigenous artists around the nation.
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
How a Revolutionary War-era flag evolved into an anti-government symbol.
The ‘Aila Test’ evaluates representation of Indigenous women in media
The ‘Aila Test’ evaluates representation of Indigenous women in media
Ali Nahdee is the creator of the test, a series of three questions modeled off the Bechdel Test.
5 films to Indigenize your watch-at-home movie list
5 films to Indigenize your watch-at-home movie list
Searching for fresh entertainment during the pandemic? Try these Indigenous-centered movies.
Indigenous people face down zombies and win in ‘Blood Quantum’
Indigenous people face down zombies and win in ‘Blood Quantum’
Jeff Barnaby’s latest film speaks to Indigenous futurism and our new COVID-19 reality.
Colonial Spain tried to erase them, but the Genízaro persevere
Colonial Spain tried to erase them, but the Genízaro persevere
A photographer captures the fortitude of the Genízaro Pueblo of Abiquiú community.
Stolen lands and living stories: A photographer reimagines reality
Stolen lands and living stories: A photographer reimagines reality
Jeremy Dennis confronts historical narratives by composing digital illustrations.
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