Naya’s Refuge began when a few Native elders shared their experience with a few settler-descendants about living on occupied land. The power of storytelling between two generations was truly inspiring, educational, uplifting, and sparked our imaginations. We left these conversations asking ourselves– what might it look like to change the way we live, and to truly care for one another during these times? It’s with thanks to those conversations and deep listening that, in 2018, Naya’s Refuge took root.
Located in the small village of Monticello, a place rich with Apache and colonial history, the refuge co-founders carved out a space where indigenous ways of storytelling can live again, where tradition and cross-cultural education can thrive.