|his project is about our own experiences discovering Adobeland, a wimmin's land located near Tucson, Arizona. We, Sara and Jesse, just received our Master of Arts degrees from the College of Comunications at Southern Illinois Univeristy this past year. The main goals of our projects are: to share our experiences from our two visits to the land, to create a space where past and present Adobeland residents can discuss their own experiences and share their thoughts about the community, and to introduce others to the idea of a wimmin's land and to provide resources for further information. We learned about Adobeland in a class we were both taking called "Gender and Technology." A class discussion about Adobeland sparked our interest and prompted us to seek more information about the community. We searched the Internet and other web resources, such as academic databases, but were unable to find much relevant information or documentation about the land, except for one short article written by a past resident of Adobeland. Since so many of our questions were left unanswered, we decided to travel to Arizona to stay on the land and experience it first hand. We visited Adobeland twice, once in Spring 2004 and once in Spring 2005, both incredibly memorable trips. We learned more about community and wimmin's lands during these two visits than we ever imagined. We visited Adobeland with preconceived notions of what this wimmin's land would be like and what it would represent to the women there. Our experiences changed these assumptions and made us reassess what community means in the context of Adobeland.
Although much academic research has been completed for this project, we want to ensure that we maintain a very human connection through this project, even as we work hundreds of miles away from Adobeland. We carry with us the many memories of our time on the land and have documented them through photos, video, audio, and text. We also reflect on the women that we met there and how their lives affected us in very real ways, such that we have kept in touch with a few of them even after leaving the land. It is important to us to be honest, reflective, and to truly examine the story of Adobeland, in order to better understand and contextualize this land in relation to bigger matters including intentional communities, wimmin's lands, lesbian separatism, and feminism in general. Specifically, we have chosen to use concepts from standpoint theory to approach the project. Standpoint theory emphasizes the importance of taking into account the experiences of women from all cultural, socioeconomic, and political backgrounds. Our hope is that women will contribute comments about the website and stories about life in Adobeland to create a richer description of the land's herstory.
This website contains many multimedia elements, including photos, text, video, and audio. Jesse took and laid out the photographs and wrote the text throughout this website, while Sara shot and recorded the video and audio and edited the video segments. These are our stories about our experiences while visiting Adobeland, and we hope that other women will share their stories about Adobeland in their own voices.