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a weathering

stories from bears ears

This project is the result of a five-month residency as the
Bears Ears Artist in Residence, sponsored by Utah Diné Bikéyah.

Follow me to the wash, its bed of smoothed earth. Whatever coats you are wearing, leave them; it is warm here. We will fold them at the feet of redrock and sage, under the shade of greasewood, and the song of a canyon wren.

As the trail deepens and walls grow, I will tell you simply how my story changed. Each word will be waves in the air around us, curving off swept rock and falling into you. This word, that word, and the silence in between.

How deep will you let them go?

The only body here will be mine.

There are things to acknowledge.

Whoever is rooted, will not uproot.

Find the stories never slid onto your desk.

See lithified structures for what they are:
an accumulation.

Here is my prayer.
Stone to dust, dust to stone.

Utah Diné Bikéyah is a nonprofit with a mission to: “Preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of ancestral Native American lands to benefit and bring healing to people and the Earth.” I express gratitude to them, both the board and staff, for their support and trust as I took on this task. It was a deep privilege to learn from them all.

Special thanks to The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies for additional financial support of this project. Their dedication to the “disappearing dark,” especially in the Bear Ears area where the Milky Way still shines, is essential.

My housing in Bluff was graciously provided by Design Build Bluff and I cannot thank them enough for gifting me 'home.'