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Directed by Sika Stanton, Donnell Alexander

Oregon, United States 2018 7 mins. In English

Oregon’s racist past was, and still is, imprinted on geological and survey maps through its derogatory names for bluffs, mountains, and canyons. In 2014, one such canyon in Jefferson county was officially renamed for John A. Brown, one of first black homesteaders in the state. Despite this positive change, many others are still necessary.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.