Editor’s Note: As all of us in the outdoor community continue to grapple with how to make wild places accessible, safe and inclusive for everyone, this film project caught our attention as a tremendous — and downright beautiful — step in the right direction! Please consider supporting Expedition Reclamation through a donation and by spreading the word!
Expedition Reclamation is a short documentary highlighting 12 Washington-based Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color (BIWOC) exploring their joyful, resilient, and transformative relationships to outdoor recreation. As they snowboard, swim, hike, paddle, snowshoe, and climb these women restore all BIWOC’s right to dream themselves into spaces of outdoor adventure — promoting stewardship of both nature and culture. We believe the themes of reciprocity, connection, and belonging in this film have the power to foster collective, necessary healing for all outdoor lovers.
Expedition Reclamation is created by The Brave Space Project, a multi-racial, women-led storytelling and community-building team on a mission to redefine “outdoorsy” and restore belonging in the outdoors for BIWOC.
The filmmakers relay the message: “As lovers of the outdoors, we can’t pretend that ‘nature doesn’t discriminate.’ Outdoor recreation is still predominantly a white space. We’re telling these stories because representation matters if we are trying to change the narrative about who belongs outdoors. We’re telling these stories to honor our ancestors. We’re telling these stories to inspire our children and to encourage all outdoor lovers to join us in the movement to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all in the great outdoors.”
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Chelsea Murphy, Co-Director, Co-Producer, Character | @she_colorsnature
Erin Joy Nash, Executive Producer, Co-Director, Editor, Cinematographer | @erinjoynash
Sanjana Sekhar, Co-Director, Co-Editor, Cinematographer | @sanj___
Rebekah Graham, Co-Producer, Project Intern | @turquoise_falcon
Featured in the Film
Karen Francis-McWhite, Contributing Writer, Character | @hidefkaren
Nikky Martin, Contributing Musician, Character | @nikky1017
Elisa Lopez, Character | @elisa422
Ina Waring-Enriquez, Character | @inainreallife
Mary Big Bull-Lewis, Character | @wenatchiwear
Paige Reyes, Character | @hafapaige
Teizeen Mohamedali, Character | @teizeen
Kaja Ralston, Character | @rawkaja
Sam Ortiz, Character | @samortizphoto
Michelle Nitardy, Character | @mountain_meeech
Samara Almonte, Character | @samaralasirena @nuestrasraicesverdes