Native American events

Powwows, conferences and festivals fill out the calendar in and around Portland.

TATR13EdEagleStoryteller Ed Edmo at the Trading at the River conference.
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This section was produced in collaboration with the Oregon Native American Chamber.

New Native-owned businesses

Quintana Galleries

2447 S.E. Ankeny St.

Quintana Galleries features Northwest Coast, Arctic, Southwest and Mexican art and jewelry collections. To view the entire collection, visit their website.

TGIFrybread: Authentic Native American Cuisine

4810 S.W. Western Ave., Beaverton

This food cart specializes in Native American frybread, NdN tacos made by owners who hail from the Yakama Nation in Washington State and the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.


  • PCC WACIPI Annual Traditional Powwow

    • Jan. 19, 2019: noon–10 p.m. (Grand Entires at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m.)
    • PCC Sylvania Campus, Health Technology Bldg.
    • For more information, visit, or call 971.722.4116.
  • Annual Pi Nee Waus Elders Pow-wow 

    • March 16, 2019 (Grand Entries will be at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
    • The Jackson Armory (6255 N.E. Cornfoot Rd.)
  • Annual Delta Park Powwow & Encampment

    • June 14–16, 2019
    • East Delta Park (10737 N. Union Ct)
    • Presented by the Bow & Arrow Culture Club

Upcoming Native Community Organizations and Events

CCNA: Not Fragile

Through June 9, 2019

Portland Art Museum (1219 S.W. Park Ave.)

The Center for Contemporary Native Art is a dedicated gallery for presenting the work and perspectives of contemporary Native artists. At the core of the Center’s mission is a commitment to partner with Native artists and communities in co-creating exhibitions, interpretation, and programming. Through the exhibitions in this space, the Museum strives to center Native voices and perspectives as well as cultivate a sense of connection, partnership, and shared vision between Native communities and the museum.

For more information:

Music for Life and Freedom for Leonard

Jan. 20, 2019: 8-11 p.m.

Mississippi Pizza Pub (3552 N. Mississippi Ave.)

Join us for some great company, music and pizza for Indigenous Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier.  Speakers, activists, performers, musicians and entertainers are TBA. All ages until 9:00 p.m. and Disability Affirmative! Sliding scale donation at door $10.00-$100.00

For more information, visit their website.

Networking Luncheon

Jan. 30, 2019: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Oregon Native American Chamber (600 N.E. Grand Ave.)

The Oregon Native American Chamber invites you to join us for our Networking Luncheon. This event provides a unique opportunity to meet, network, and build relationships with business and community leaders (Native and non-native) from across Oregon and SW Washington. Tickets are available here.

the map is not the territory

Feb. 9, 2019

Portland Art Museum (1219 S.W. Park Ave.)

The map is not the territory is a generative conversation about our connections to the land, efforts toward decolonization, bringing indigenous values to the forefront, and a celebration of the region’s kinship. The artists in the exhibition are Annette Bellamy, Fernanda D’Agostino, Jenny Irene Miller, Mary Ann Peters, Ryan Pierce, Rob Rhee, Henry Tsang, and Charlene Vickers. For more information, visit their website.

Crossing Mnisose

April 13–May 5, 2019

U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory (128 N.W. 11th Ave.)

Crossing Mnisose (pronounced “mini-so-shay”) tells the story of one of America’s first feminists, Sacajawea, and draws a line from a completely original view of Lewis and Clark to the present day, as descendants of the Dakota and Lakota Nations continue their fight for the Mnisose (or what Europeans named the “Missouri River”) and the lands that contain the burials of their ancestors. To find tickets, visit their website.


Other resources

PSU Native American Student & Community Center
Wisdom of the Elders
Find more Portland events in the events calendar.

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