Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder on How Words Shape Our World
This Week from the Emergence Magazine Podcast
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How do words shape our world? In this week’s narrated essay, writer Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder visits the wind-sculpted dunes of Nebraska’s Sandhills, considering the prophecies that collided across the American Great Plains in the nineteenth century. Tracing the histories of violence, conquest, and degradation that have played out there, Chelsea locates the points at which human and wilderness were separated. Wondering what words, what prophetic voices are needed to guide us out of an entrenched dualism, she calls us to remember that we have always been intimately linked with the cycles of our ecosystems.
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Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder is a writer based in northern New England whose work explores the human relationship to place. Her essays have been featured in Crannóg Magazine, Inhabiting the Anthropocene, and EcoTheo Review. Her forthcoming book is Rebirth: Mothering Through Ecological Collapse.
Russel Albert Daniels (Diné and Ho-Chunk descent) is a documentary photographer based in Utah whose work stands in the currents of art, reportage, and decolonization. Daniels aims to bring visibility to Native American and underserved communities. His projects explore identity, sense of place, and history.