Queer Stealthcraft 2020
“Stealthcraft” refers to means of blending into your surroundings, going
unnoticed, and collecting strategic information about your environment.
A diverse set of skills fall under this umbrella, such as camouflage,
concealment, stealth, evasion, and tracking/counter-tracking. The role
of “scout” has been essential to the resilience and thriving of many
land-based peoples, from the shepherds of the Mediterranean and Middle
East to the Apache scouts whose tactics were appropriated by the U.S.
military. These skills may be commonly associated with military and
hunting cultures and so may feel inaccessible to womxn and queer people.
However, such skills don’t have to be about being an aggressor or
predator; they can derive from truly knowing how to belong, and from the
quiet power of the witness. You can practice these skills in order to
reduce your impact in natural settings, which will help you become a
better naturalist and become more aware of your non-human kin. You can
also practice stealthcraft to keep yourself and your loved ones safe in
times of threat or danger, or simply to feel more grounded and resourced
wherever you are.
who self-identity as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color. Folks
who have lived experienced of being systemically and historically
targeted for their skin color and race. If you are white-presenting
BIPOC, this is your call for self-identifying whether to move forward or