Tsitsalagi. Nvwhtohiyada idehesdi. In the words of my ancestors: “I am Cherokee. May we live together in balance and harmony.” I am also of Anglo-European descent, grown up in the traditional lands of the Mescalero Apache. I chose to become involved in research in large part to address the damaging legacies of colonization both on my own peoples, all five-fingered ones,1 and the natural world. In many senses, to say I chose this path is much more linear than my deepest experience in which a network of relationships, both human and the more-than-human world, called me into becoming-researcher.2