We are about craft. About style. And about function. We believe that anything worth doing is worth doing with the best of what’s available. We believe anything out there can be made better, including our stuff. We’re obsessive and driven. It shows in how we build our bikes, how we ride, and how we make these clothes.
Our Rover Pack and Camp Hat trekking through Peru with @julesville9 #teamtopo
Historically in Native communities, formalized Western education was used as a tool of cultural genocide, a tool of assimilation. With the whole government-run boarding school system—a system that my own grandmother and my aunties went through as well—where the professed model was to kill the Indian and save the man. For so many decades and generations, this idea of going off to school meant losing your Native culture. It meant that part of you was forcibly erased. You weren’t allowed to speak your language. You weren’t allowed to practice your culture. That is a legacy that occurred up until the 1960s and ’70s, so this isn’t ancient history…[we are re-framing] this idea—going to college is not about losing your identity as a Native person. It’s a way for you to give back to your community. It’s a way for you to build up your nation. It’s a way for to gain the skills and knowledge that your nation needs.
— Adrienne Keene, in How is the Native College Experience Different? (via nitanahkohe)
frontyard camping with my favorite nine year old boy.
Ugh. Not feeling inspired to go to college anymore. Some people have this burning desire or some sort of innate passion to go and be successful or they have someone or a group of people to push them. I honestly feel like I don’t have any of those. I honestly and really stupidly shouldn’t feel, stupid and dumb.
I just really really wanna go somewhere with my bike, kinda like a cross province or cross country biking trip. It’s something I’ve always had my eye on doing. I’d probably try to squeeze a banjo in my limited luggage and pay for my food with busking out old time banjo tunes. Goals.