Ruth Orta

Ruth Orta is a respected elder of the Jalquin/Saclan/Ochejamne (Ohlone/Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok). She got married when she was seventeen and has seven kids, seventeen grand-kids, thirty-eight great-grand-kids, and eleven great-great-grand-kids. Ruth worked from age sixteen to seventy. She is pictured here holding a framed photograph of her mother, Trina Marine, after the October 23, 2019 “Landless in the Bay Area” panel at the San Francisco Public Library, co-presented by Alcatraz Canoe Journey, the San Francisco Public Library, and SFMOMA’s Open Space. Photo: Claudia La Rocco.

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