MORGAN HOPSON, M.A.
Morgan is an eating recovery counselor, writer, and researcher in the occupied Ohlone Territory (Bay Area). Her focus is on decolonizing anthropology, decolonizing eating disorder epidemiology, and the reinstatement of Indigenous Rights as climate action. Morgan works with clients in a variety of sectors including sustainable fashion, eating disorder recovery, resiliency from sexual trauma, sexuality and identity counseling, creative expression through healing arts.
Morgan also works as a Program Associate for Tribal Child Welfare at the Capacity Building Center for Tribes under the Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver.
Morgan is of Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Wind Clan/Muscogee Creek, Italian, and Euro-Settler heritage from East Texas. As ancestral lineage work, she studies and practices Indigenous Friulian (Italian) Women's medicinal philosophy and Tsalagi life philosophy as a citizen of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi tribe in East Texas.
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" Not an expert. Do not wish to be an expert. Want to aid in the global coalition against societal oppression and domination in all forms. I find one of my main lanes of doing so through organizing eating disorder prevention and eradication efforts in the form of direct action, art, and advocating for global democracy and sovereignty. I identify as a queer non-binary person. I grew up under white settler consciousness and identity in connection with my mother's Italian cultural practices in rural East Texas. Through late teen-hood on, I embarked on the journey with my father in reconnection to our ancestral heritage as citizens of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi tribe in East Texas on our homeland and the lands of his fore-bearers, as well as, to the pre-colonial practices of my Italian ancestry through teaching and guidance from Friulian medicine women. My journey with food, consumption, my body and sexuality have always been intricately intertwined, and I have found a path to healing through decolonization work in my own life, ancestral healing work, and combatting white supremacy and violence perpetuated in my family as stemmed and inherited from global historical systems. I am the first in my family to attend/graduate from college, escape poverty and severe drug addictions. I am a sexual assault survivor. I am privileged through race, ethnicity, academic achievement, and being in an able and "ideal" body type under western definitions and perceptions. I have mental health tendencies that coincide with "D.I.D." and "B.D." however, I do not identify under western pathologizations of mental health. Rather, I look at these functions as evolutionary adaptations to global systems and incorporate them into my healing journey as "self". All of these factors shape who I am and my mental health, health, and spiritual recovery. My hope is that sharing what I have learned and experienced might encourage others to explore decolonization and sovereignty as a means of healing in a way that is directly related to all the things that make them, "them". I know full eating disorder recovery is possible and that eating disorders can be eradicated through collective social action and individuals' unique personal healing journeys. "
- With love and dissent from oppression, Morgan .