To commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day, Oregon-based indie rockers Portugal The Man teamed together with Acosia Red Elk, a member of the Umatilla Tribe in Northeastern Oregon, to help motivate their audience to pay notice. “Our friend and PTM Foundation Community Advisory Board member Josué Rivas was telling us about his friend Acosia Red Elk, who is an expert in the art of movement and sound and how it heals the body,” said Portugal The Man’s Zachary Carothers. “We were blown away when we got to hear, see, and experience her and her art firsthand. We are incredibly thrilled to be able to assist Acosia Red Elk in telling her story this year for Indigenous Peoples Day.”
The band is releasing a short film called Movement Is Medicine with Portugal The Man Foundation, which includes Acosia Red Elk and was developed in collaboration with directors Josué Rivas and Aaron Brown. They’re also releasing a new Acosia Red Elk-themed edition of their “Water Is Life” Grant Program Tee, with 100% of the proceeds going to their foundation’s Water Is Life grant program. Past grant recipients include DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Portugal. The Man’s home state of Oregon.