October 10, 2021

This Indigenous Peoples Day, PTM Foundation and its Community Advisory Board have launched a fundraiser merch drop in support of Tribes facing an ongoing water crisis. 100% of funds raised will be donated to the community through grants from the PTM Fund.

On the one year anniversary of the release of Portugal. The Man’s “Who’s Gonna Stop Me?” single and video, the band is releasing the 2nd Edition “Water Is Life” Grant Program Tee; a limited-edition commemorative t-shirt featuring Acosia Red Elk, now available in blue and white as well as the original black and gray. 100% of proceeds from sales of this shirt go to support PTM Foundation’s 'Water is Life' grant program. Previous ‘Water is Life’ grant recipients include DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Portugal. The Man's home state of Oregon. 

In conjunction, PTM Foundation is sharing the Movement Is Medicine short film featuring Acosia Red Elk, created in partnership with Portugal. The Man and directors Josué Rivas and Aaron Brown. Watch + share via YouTube.

“Our friend and PTM Foundation Community Advisory Board member Josué Rivas was telling us about his friend, Acosia Red Elk, who is practiced in the art of movement and sound and how it heals the body,” said Zachary Carothers of Portugal. The Man. “We then got to hear, see and experience her and her work firsthand and were blown away. Acosia Red Elk is an incredible person and we are really honored that we get to help tell her story this year for Indigenous Peoples Day.”

Discussing the Movement Is Medicine video, Acosia Red Elk states, “When we move our body, we move energy and matter. When we move emotional stuff like negative thought forms and old programming and limiting beliefs, we can change the way we think and feel. By moving energy within our thoughts, we can heal our mind. When our physical body and our mind are working in balance, our spirit glows brighter, our energy ripples stronger, we vibrate at a higher level. We change our DNA coding. We change the reality of the mental and physical state of our future generations. Deconstructing, then reconstructing.”

"A year later, this video we made with our relative Acosia resonates more than ever,” notes co-director Josué Rivas. “We are living through a major change in humanity and we are being asked to remember who we are. We are the people. As we continue to amplify our voices as Indigenous peoples, we also take a minute to breathe and listen to the words Acosia brings. Her voice and movement carries us to the future." 

“In Acosia's teachings, I have had the opportunity to see ideas embodied. The language she shares in the film not only expresses inspiring ideas on their own but having had the opportunity to capture her performance of these ideas, in full jingle dress regalia, has been a tremendous and unforgettable honor. I hope that this film offers similar feelings of gratitude for others, as has it has provided for me,” adds co-director Aaron Brown.