native leaders in portland, or
this project was completed in 2013 with the support of a project grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), to who I am extremely grateful. there was an exhibition at Portland City Hall in November in honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month. The exhibit traveled to The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and continues to have a home there. the purpose of this project was to challenge misconceptions many white people have about what Native American Indians look like in modern times. and to help breakdown the idea that they are invisible, which as a people they state is one of their biggest challenges to equity. through portraits we aspired to shine a brighter light on the important work that emerging indigenous leaders are doing to benefit the lives of children and families in our community.
after photographing about 30 Native American Indian leaders in the community, and recording their stories, I put up the exhibit in City Hall, the day before I was scheduled to deliver my son, via a cesarean section at 37 weeks (we had a special condition called placenta previa which made any other delivery impossible).
i’m eternally grateful to Donita Sue Fry (pictured here) for her support in this project. she helped connect me with the subjects for this project, she moved the show from City Hall to NAYA because I was unable to do so, and she shared with me her story, and her kindness, and her love.