Placemaking: Follow your Roots Home

Join us for this deep-dive into the topic of Place Justice.

Visit our TICKETING page to get our advance ticket discount for this and all our fee-based evening events. Admission includes a hearty vegetarian dinner.

Free for Special Entry: Self-Identified Person of Color or Youth. Short scholarship request form HERE. (Once you receive confirmation of a scholarship, just provide your name at the door and mention the “Roots” List)

Many volunteers needed! Click here to volunteer, worktrade options to get a free night available.

Admission includes a hearty vegetarian dinner.

ASL Interpreter available upon request for evening event programming. To request this service, please contact Eve at


Carvlin Hall, 2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR


(To Be Confirmed) $10-20 Sliding Scale for General Entry

Special Entry: Free for Self-Identified Person of Color or Youth via pre-registering

Speaker Bios

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Ei-Shah S. Pirtle-Wright is the daughter of Nathaniel Wright, and Jennifer Pirtle. She is a enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, descendant of the Siletz and adopted member of the Klamath, Modoc Tribes. Like many Native peoples, Ei-Shah recognizes that while her family and culture has endured, and continues to face struggles, at the age of 15, she is thriving and making a difference for her family, for her community, and self. Ei-Shah serves as ambassador for Portland State University as the 2019-2020 Miss Naimuma Royalty and as a advocate for the Native American Youth and Family Center Early College Academy.

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Marie Knight is a enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and is a descendant of Klickitat and Clackamas peoples of this area. In addition to her tribal and familial connections to Portland, she has lived and worked in Portland for 14 years as a student, small business owner, community volunteer and as a single mother of 2 sons. Marie is self employed as a independent cultural contractor and artist. Her work in the last 6 years has primarily been exploring the field of historic trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a Community Health Worker with the Future Generations Collaborative. Her goals are to promote community wellness and self regulation of emotions through native practices and cultural teachings.

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Fish Martinez aka 2 8 Tha Native:(Shasta, Modoc, Yurok, German, Apache, Azteca)Fish is a educator, Hip Hop producer, emcee, Indigenous storyteller, poet, pow wow dancer, singer, drummer, and a member of the International Hip Hop of Congress.

Vendor Bio


Roberta Eaglehorse-Ortiz (Oglala Lakota/Yomba Shoshone) enrolled Lower Brule Souix Tribe. Mother of 6, wife to Richard Ortiz. She has been working as a Full Circle Doula & Lacation Educator for almost 13 years in the Portland Metro area. Executive Director of Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition since 2013. One of OITBC's current project as founding farmer of the Wombyns Wellness Garden launched her LLC, May 2019 in honor of Turtle Mountain Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & girls. Location: Oregon Food Bank 7900 NE 33rd drive Portland Oregon 97211.

Fresh to returning to the land 2 seasons ago, Roberta found self healing & regulation skills that addressed her own families historical trauma. She works hard on flipping the script on social determinants of health & negative statistics within Urban Native Portland community with innovative strengths based movements. Growing healthy foods & herbal medicines for pregnant & breastfeeding Indigenous families is important. And the garden space is a place of refuge from the daunting city life. Roberta is also a proud member of the Future Generations Collaborative as a Natural Helper and partner organization.

Tentative Programming Descriptions

5:30pm - Doors Open

6:00pm - Dinner

Blessing by Ei-Shah
Fish Martinez will perform 1 song

6:45pm - Announcements, Introductions

7:00pm - Marie Knight pt1: Knowing roots, understanding historic trauma

Content includes: Sharing family tribal background, Oregon tribal geography/ historic territories of her tribes, her experience as a urban native in this place, the social issues in the community as reflections of historic trauma, displacement.

7:30pm - Fish perform/ talk

8:00pm - Marie Knight pt2: Circle of trauma/ resilience experience

Her work with FGC, responsibilities to land and water, basket weaving as a tool for healing, how to support FGC and other similar efforts in NA community

8:30pm - Fish wraps it up with a song