Placemaking: Follow your Roots Home
Join us for this deep-dive into the topic of Place Justice.
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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)
Admission includes a hearty vegetarian dinner.
ASL Interpreter available upon request for evening event programming. To request this service, please contact Eve at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.
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