Portraits in Red: Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Painting Project 


A Women’s History Month event 

Indigenous artist Nayana LaFond will present examples of her work, currently showing at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, and discuss the lack of attention to the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous people who have been silenced by the unusually high rate of violence and low rate of effort to solve past crimes and prevent future ones. 

“…This project is a labor of love. It has found me and inspired a mission of raising awareness and honoring the memory of those lost. I hope it helps those still here heal, even if only a very small amount. Perhaps it will help someone still suffering gain the courage to get help. You are not alone, you are not without hope, we are your sisters and we are here beside you.”—Nayana LaFond 

All are invited to view the exhibit on display through May 7 at the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center in Newport, Ore. Listen or read Oregon Public Broadcasting’s interview to learn more about LaFond’s work. 

Multimedia Classroom Building, Room 16 
Who can participate:
Open to all
Contact for more information:
Laurie Mercier at lmercier@wsu.edu
Sponsored by:
WSU Vancouver College of Arts and Sciences Speakers Fund, WSU Vancouver Office of Native Programs, WSU Vancouver History/WGSS 298 US Women’s History class, Collective for Social and Environmental Justice, and the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.

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