Cheers to a successful season with this lovely lady. I'm so privileged to have led alongside @alesl9w (who btdubs I met and worked with 6 years previously at a busy restaurant in FoCo). What a skilled sawystress and a decisive leader. I've learned a lot from you and don't doubt that I will continue to. So proud to call you friend. Much love.
Each time the season ends we deep clean the chainsaws for hours on end. This ritual is a meditation for me; I lose my sense of self in the grooves of the flywheel, the nooks of the clutch, and the crannies of the faceplate.
I had a great season with @southwestconservationcorps Ancestral lands program. They taught me works skill i could use later on in the future like fencing, chainsaw safety and operations, and GIS mapping. I met a lot of awesome and hard working people most of them encouraged me to do more. I been to places i have never been before. I got to go down and map the Little Colorado Gorge where only a handful of people have hiked. I also got to go rafting that was pretty awesome. This was my last hitch because im gonna go back and get my GED and pursue my career as a Wildland Firefighter. A lot of these skills i could use in my career. So i would like to say a huge Thank You to Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands program for clearing a way to my career was a blast working with this company.
#tbt to the greatest crew in the world! I can't even begin to tell folks how wonderful all these people are, and how blessed I was to have the opportunity to do the work I did, see places untouched (mostly) by humankind, and to really work on myself. 🌲🌲🌲 When I joined SCC, I was broke as hell, learning to cope with my PTSD, and learning how to love and accept masculinity. I learned how to keep pushing on the brink of exhaustion, how to properly communicate without victimizing myself (or attacking others), to be 100% honest with myself, and to never use moss as toilet paper (I repeat, NEVER use moss as toilet paper!) I remember in the midst of the season, my parents begged me to quit and go back to guiding (since I was broke and my bank account was always overdraft) but I stood by my decision, because I knew no amount of money could buy the love, frustration, growth and lessons I received. Thank you #southwestconservationcorps for the experience of a lifetime. I hope one day to go back to conservation work ❤️🌲
Heyo! My name is Marshall Masayesva and I am currently the founder/director of Adventures for Hopi program. I am also the coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Hopi Program. I have been selected into the Emerging Leaders Program as part of the SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole WY next week. I received my B.A. in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in 2014. Since then, my work focus has primarily been on creating access, employment, and economic opportunities in the recreation/conservation field for young folks in my home community on the Hopi Reservation. I very much believe that offering opportunities for young folks to simply be outside and to provide service to our communities is the way to move forward. I am hoping to use this platform to continue serving our young folks on Hopi by highlighting the work that still needs to happen. so come check out us and other cool projects like @nativesoutdoors at the SHIFT festival November 1-3!!! #southwestconservationcorps#emergingleadersprogram#ancestrallands#adventuresforhopi#shiftfestival2017
Lately I've felt uninspired.
Uninspired in a way that I don't want to photograph or film or even think about filming-- an artistic depression of sorts. Right now it's easy to fall into the thought pattern of viewing my work as shit, unimportant, and and not unique. At first I found it alarming: *I shouldn't be thinking these things! I have to keep working!* But with the advice from fellow artists @cantycan and @tunneltravel I came to some peace in this feeling. Peace in just listening and observing, peace in creating in other ways (drawing, painting, writing) in hopes that with this sabbatical I'll be able to return to my work anew, reinvigorated in the importance that my art brings to my life. Able to create for me.
Any of yous ever experience artistic depression? How do you cope?
Well this past 9 days has been wild, exhausting, hilarious, painful, humbling, and fulfilling. A general rollercoaster of emotions in everyway. I revved a chainsaw for hours on end, learned to cook amazing meals in a camp kitchen, got heat exhaustion, almost froze to death, swam in a cold river, soaked in a scalding hot spring, and killed so so sooo many Tamarisk (your welcome Dolores Riverbed). Can't wait to do it all again in 5 days. #southwestconservationcorps#firsthitch#drrp
Last week was spent looking at stump shots (what remains after cutting a tree down), then talking about those stump shots, and then redoing it all over again. It's so fun teaching people who have never touched a saw before and getting them to a place where they feel confident and safe.
Excited to be back on a saw as well as the season to come!