Episode 34 – On Her Homeland: Chantal Wadsworth
Hosted by Laura Hughes
This episode sponsored by Otterbox and Outdoor Voices
Sometimes, when we travel, it’s to go back home. Chantal Wadsworth is traveling back to explore her home in a big way, because she grew up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.
As you’ll hear in this episode, the outdoors hold a special place for Native people, for the Navajo, and for Chantal personally, which is why she and her partner secured remote work, bought a Ford Transit van, converted it into a simple home on wheels, and are currently traveling around the Navajo Nation and 4 Corners area to reconnect with her roots– the land she loves so much and grew up around, as well as her family who lives in that region.
What we find particularly beautiful about Chantal’s story is not just how much she wants to accept from this experience, but how much she wants to give back– to the land and her community.
Chantal Wadsworth is a Navajo woman on the road, traveling the Navajo Nation and Four Corners area, along with her partner and two dogs. On a journey to learn, connect, heal and protect indigenous lands. Follow them as they reconnect to these sacred places.
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In this episode you’ll hear:
- The experience that led to Chantal and her partner getting a van
- Why Chantal wanted to return to New Mexico, where she grew up
- What the transition to living in a van with her partner has been like
- Chantal explains what her grandmother thinks about her campervan
- Stories from Chantal’s childhood growing up on the reservation
- How Chantal views sharing information about Native lands
- Where you can find more resources on the Native history of local lands in the US
- A few of Chantal’s favorite places she’s visited in the Navajo Nation and Four Corners area
- How we can all care for the lands we visit
- Why Chantal thinks it’s important to reach out to Native youth when it comes to outdoor recreation
Resources Mentioned in the Episode:
- Come see us in Taos at our first Women On The Road Gathering with Vanlife Diaries!
- Join the Women On The Road Podcast Facebook group
Sponsor Websites & Codes
- Outdoor Voices – use promo code WOTR at check out for 20% off your first order of $100 or more!
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Music is by Tomo Nakayama.
Music is also by Jason Shaw, Jazzar, and Hyson via Free Music Archive using a CC by A license.
WOTR podcast cover artwork designed by Dani Opal.
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