The land on which I live and practice, the land now known as Portland, rests on the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla, and many other Indigenous nation states who made their homes along the Columbia and Willamette rivers for more than 10,000 years before the arrival of European settler colonialism.
My ancestry of origin is of those who both began and continue to perpetuate a theft and colonization of this land, and an attempted erasure of these peoples and their cultures. I wish to acknowledge this traumatic history. I also wish to recognize the resilience and resistance that has continued for more than 500 years in direct opposition to the systemic oppression and violence used to separate Indigenous peoples from their lands, cultures, and communities.
I extend my gratitude to all those who have stewarded this land, and I offer my respect to their elders past, present and becoming.
*This acknowledgement has several sources including the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the #HonorNativeLandGuide sponsored by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, and Native Land Digital. It is an ongoing effort to create space that honors what has been, what is present, and what will be.
Sit and breathe.
Check in with what is.