These are a lot of words to say “Im not like those basic white people in New Mexico, I’m different.” Anna seems like she likely was “goth” or “punk” as a teen and thought she was alternative and unique.
Though she isn’t wrong about white transplants that get all into the Southwestern hippie thing. One of my aunts moved to Santa Fe in the 1970s from New York and definitely looks like them in turquoise, though she isn’t an asshole in my opinion.
I do like the parts of Native activism in New Mexico, I wish an editor had cut down this piece to be specifically about that, that is the meat of this way too long article.
I found it hilarious when someone pointed out that Anna mentioned writing this from Brooklyn, calling her a white transplant to a gentrified neighborhood that POC had lived in, being exactly what she is complaining about.