From dust to tribe . . .

Dust and Tribe (D&T) is the experience of growth through adventure.

Our quarterly excursions are opportunities for men and women to push through the boundaries of supposed mental and physical limits into a new awareness of what we can be when we support one another.

It is where we discover what we are (dust) and what we become together (tribe).

Fall 2018: D&T V

On October 20th, 2018, sixteen men will head into Death Valley with their Jeeps and a map. This is their story.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Your Clans

In just over one month we'll be gathered together at Furnace Creek, God willing.

It's time to learn about our clans and exactly who we will be sharing our Jeeps with.

But before we do, a quick primer on the nature of clans as subsections of our larger tribe.

We are all in this together. We are gathering as one body of men with a shared intention to use our time in the wild to discover the untamed Divine within us. And though we are together, where that discovery leads each of us will be a very personal journey, indeed.

As part of the work around breaking from the larger group into a more personal experience, we will subdivide ourselves into four different clans. Each man will have an assigned role within his clan.

We are learning to take responsibility and to accept life on its terms. As such, your clan and your role are as non-negotiable as the weather conditions at Furnace Creek. If you ask to switch, you're a ninny.

Don't be a ninny.

Each clan is comprised of a Coyote, a Spoon Keeper, a Cloud Man, and a Tale Weaver.

The Coyotes

He is the clan-head. In the culture of many of our indigenous peoples, the coyote was revered as a trickster, a sometimes scheming, sometimes bumbling figure whose function was essentially to loosen folks up to receive the Divine. Your Coyotes will work together to create and facilitate an amazing experience for all, insha Allah. You can think of these men as your event-coordinating coaches.

The Spoon Keepers

He's in charge of making sure everybody gets fed. He doesn't have to do the cooking, but he needs to make sure that his clan has got the food situation all sorted out. He'll be mindful of the dietary preferences and biases of his clan. He'll be the one to decide if each member of his clan is going solo with the meal planning or whether a more collaborative approach makes sense. He can discuss the possibility of inter-clan feasting with the other Spoon Keepers.

The Cloud Men

Each clan will have a religious authority, the Cloud Man. He will work with the other Cloud Men to establish the qibla, or direction of ritual prayer, and he will determine the schedule thereof. He will offer direction on the numerous and unpredictable issues that are sure to challenge your urban jurisprudence.

The Tale Weavers

He will bring back the narrative of your experience on the island. He will work to capture your adventures in his writing, in his photographs, in his videos and sound recordings, and in any other way that honors your time together.

Here are your clans. I've got numbers here, but it's more fun if we come up with sweet clan names.

Clan #1

Coyote: Brother Adeel
Spoon Keeper: Brother Todd
Cloud Man: Brother Waqar
Tale Weaver: Brother Fazeel

Clan #2

Coyote: Brother Ahmed
Spoon Keeper: Brother Motasem
Cloud Man: Brother Naseef
Tale Weaver: Brother Ihsan

Clan #3

Coyote: Brother Sam
Spoon Keeper: Brother Bilal
Cloud Man: Brother Faisal
Tale Weaver: Brother Asim

Clan #4

Coyote: Brother Waseem
Spoon Keeper: Brother Sajid
Cloud Man: Brother Haaris
Tale Weaver: Brother Hadi

Reach out to your clansmen. There is work to be done!


  1. ha aha ha, I like this word Ninny
    : o )

    and love the grahics too.
    Looking forward to working with the tribe and clan