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.


NARA New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow

Dec. 31, 2017

The Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc. (NARA) is hosting its 32nd annual New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow at the Oregon Convention Center. This celebration is an alcohol-, recreational drug- and commercial tobacco-free event, with live music, art and craft vendors. The powwow, one of the largest sobriety new year celebrations in the country, is free and open to the public. Grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Community organizations and events

Portland Regalia Making and Beading Classes

Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Dec. 2, 2017: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Instructor Dara Dickinson will be teaching how to make Powwow-style regalia, mini cradle boards and moss bags. Instructor Joe Martineau will be teaching how to bead moccasins and how to make beaded jewelry. For more information, contact Flicka Lucero at 503.879.2268 or at To RSVP, contact Lisa Archuleta at 503-879-1881 or

Flavors of Resilience: An Indigenous Foods Celebration

Oct. 3, 2017: 6–10 p.m.

Grab a seat at this unique seven-course indigenous pop-up dinner at Han Oak, featuring flavors of the Diné and Ute tribes, along with the wide range of flavors of the indigenous trade routes. The dinner, featuring local fish from Warm Spring Salmon King Fisheries, is a fundraiser for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Dishes will be crafted by Taste of Native Cuisine Chef M. Karlos Baca and Chef Brian Yazzie. Tickets are $100 per seat, including beverages.

Opportunity in Community

Oct. 5, 2017: 6–9 p.m.

The Oregon Native American Chamber is hosting its 13th annual signature event, Opportunity in Community. The event, held at Exchange Ballroom in Northeast Portland, is a unique opportunity for members, partners and the Native business community to network, celebrate and support the work of ONAC and its scholarship program. To attend, contact James Parker at the Oregon Native American Chamber at 503.894.4525 or e-mail

Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Gathering

Oct. 9, 2017: 5–7 p.m.

Come gather as a community with relatives, community and family for an opportunity to celebrate Oregon Health and Science University‘s (OHSU) collaborations with Native communities, along with American Indian and Alaskan natives. Non-alcoholic beverages and light appetizers will be provided by the Northwest Native American Research Center for Health. The event is held at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute in Southwest Portland.

Portland Community College Native Nations Indigenous Science

Oct. 9, 2017: 6–8 p.m.

Learn more about how science and mathematics are organically woven through Native culture in weaving, planting, harvesting, living, community structures and more. Native community guest speakers at the event, held at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus, include Matika Wilbur, Seahdom Edmo and Professor Noriyo Kono.

Lummi Totem Pole Journey in Portland: We Draw the Line!

Oct. 17, 2017: 6:30–8 p.m.

The House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation will travel again across the western United States and Canada with a totem pole to bring attention to proposed fossil fuel terminals, pipelines and other facilities, along with the threat they pose to tribes and local communities. Join in on this unique, indigenous event, held at The Breathe Building in Southeast Portland, that will connect us to the local fights we face, like the Jordan Cove LNG proposal, along with providing information about how to get involved.

Salmon Homecoming

Oct. 21–22, 2017: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Nothing says “Pacific Northwest” like the annual return from the ocean of salmon, fighting upstream to spawn and die in the rivers of their birth. Witness this ancient, iconic phenomenon at Oxbow Regional Park along the Sandy River, one of the nation’s designated “Wild and Scenic” rivers. In collaboration with the Native American community, the Salmon Homecoming will include cultural activities, walks honoring the cultural significance of salmon and indigenous science programming. Entry costs are $5 per car and $7 per bus.

Meet Crazy Horse family members and author W. Matson

Nov. 2, 2017: 7–8:30 p.m.

Meet Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle, along with author William Matson, as they discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy.” The book, which will be featured at Annie Bloom’s Books in Southwest Portland, is based on the family’s oral history.

Native Craft Fair

Nov. 11, 2017: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Support and purchase authentic handcrafted art and products for sale by local native vendors at the Native Craft Fair, held at the Wilshire United Methodist Native American Fellowship in Northeast Portland.


Nov. 17, 2017: 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 14th annual NAYA Gala, Oregon’s largest celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The gathering, which brings together 600 Native community members and their friends, is an opportunity to enjoy Native American cuisine, traditional dance performances, Native songs and drumming, and beautiful Indigenous art up for bid in both live and silent auctions. For more information, visit their website.

Other resources

PSU Native American Student & Community Center
Wisdom of the Elders
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