When I moved to Portland in February of 2020, I had a faint idea of “reclaiming” the land my ancestors settled in. My mother was born and raised in the Willamette Valley - her lineage is directly descended from Oregon Trail pioneers.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd’s life was taken due to a deplorable act of police brutality. Portland mobilized as a city to protest racial injustice in America. As I watched our downtown blanketed in teargas, I was also taking a serious look into why I felt the need to “reclaim” land that wasn’t mine in the first place.
This is an ongoing project. Its first installment is archival in nature - it documents my family’s experience while living here. It will then be my intention to take a journalistic approach to showcase why Indigenous/Black people did not have the same experience as Caucasians in the 1960s.
I’m looking forward to fostering the continual growth in this project and the personal growth it will incur in me.