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.


26th annual Pi Nee Waus Elders Pow-wow

March 17, 2018
Jackson Armory (6255 N.E. Cornfoot Rd.)

Head to the Jackson Armory in Northeast Portland for this annual event. Grand entries will happen at noon and again at 6 p.m.

47th annual Delta Park Powwow & Encampment

June 1517, 2018
Delta Park (10737 N. Union Ct.)

This annual powwow and encampment at North Portland’s Delta Park is presented by the Bow & Arrow Culture Club.

Community organizations and events

Language Revitalization: Ichishkin

Jan. 18 and 23, 2018
Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center (710 S.W. Jackson St.)

Join versatile native language teachers Linda Meanus and Jermayne Tuckta to learn about Warm Springs history and its language, Ichishkin. To participate or ask questions, contact Yolonda Salguiero at

NASCC Winter Potluck

Jan. 24, 2018
Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center (710 S.W. Jackson St.)

Join in at the Native American Student and Community Center’s (NASCC) quarterly potluck and discuss decolonizing higher education with Indigenous Nations Department scholar Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne! Please bring a dish if you are able.

Think & Drink on Organizing in Oregon

Jan. 24, 2018
Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 N.E. Alberta St.)

This event is part of the 2017–18 “Think & Drink” series on race, power and justice, featuring onstage conversations. Join in for a conversation between Native American journalist and activist Jacqueline Keeler, Jess Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project and writer and community organizer Scot Nakagawa. Tickets are $10, and no-cost tickets are available. Minors are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please stay after the program for snacks and continued conversation.

Winter storytelling with Ed Edmo

Jan. 25, 2018
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.)

Listen to Native storytelling with Ed Edmo in the Student Union Lounge from noon to 2 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

Jan. 31, 2018
Oregon Native American Chamber (600 N.E. Grand Ave.)

Join the Oregon Native American Chamber for a Networking Luncheon. This event provides a unique opportunity to meet, network and build relationships with businesses and community leaders (both Native and non-Native) from across Oregon and southwest Washington. Tickets can be purchased here.

Native Professionals & Friends Night

Feb. 8, 2018
Froelick Gallery (715 N.W. Davis St.)

This event is open to everyone, Native and non-Native, interested in making friends and building relationships. Froelick Gallery in Northwest Portland will be displaying the exhibit “Regarding Rascals: Rick Bartow Drawings from 1979 to 2015.” See works on paper that represent many of the themes that Bartow, Wiyot Tribe (1946-2016), returned to over the scope of his career, from his earliest serious art making to the twilight of his prolific final months. Tickets can be purchase here.

Native Gathering Garden Planting

Feb. 10, 2018
Thomas Cully Park (5800 N.E. 72nd Ave.7)

Join in on planting the Native Gathering Garden at Thomas Cully Park in Northeast Portland. Learn about this first-of-its-kind feature in a a Portland public park and help plant culturally significant plants, which can be used for food and medicines. All are welcome. Lunch and all tools will be provided. For more information, contact or call 503.729.1318.

Rick Bartow – Regarding Rascals: Drawings, 1979–2015

Through Feb. 24, 2018
Froelick Gallery (715 N.W. Davis St.)

Rick Bartow, a member of California’s Wiyot tribe who showed nationally and internationally as one of the best-known contemporary Native American artists, died in April 2016 at age 69. This selection of Bartow’s work spans an exuberant career of remarkable output.

And So We Walked

March 31April 5, 2018
The Armory (128 N.W. 11th Ave.)

This frank and funny story follows a contemporary Cherokee woman as she goes on a 6-week, 900-mile (1,448 km) journey with her father along the Trail of Tears in search of her heroic self. This piece is written and performed by DeLanna Studi. Tickets can be purchased here.

Art installation by Portland Cherokee artist Brenda Mallory

Through May 18, 2018
The Armory (128 N.W. 11th Ave.)

Created in response to the removal of the Cherokee people, Brenda Mallory’s installation entitled “Recurring Chapters in the Book of Inevitable Outcomes.” Mallory’s work is inspired by a rereading of Cherokee history and addresses ideas of disruption, repair and renewal.

Other resources

PSU Native American Student & Community Center
Wisdom of the Elders
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