Wacipi: 18th Annual Traditional Powwow
Jan. 21, 2017
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
This annual event returned for its 18th iteration, celebrating Native American culture and tradition. Wacipi features drum groups, dancers, crafts and food, and draws over 1,000 participants each year. The proceeds from the event went to the Portland Community College Native American Scholarship Fund and was open to the public.
Pi Nee Waus Elders Annual Powwow
March 18, 2017
The 26th annual Powwow honors the elders of the Pi Nee Waus tribe and is free and open to the public. The family-friendly event is alcohol-free and features traditional Native American dancing and music. For more information, contact Jackie Greywolf at 503.830.4428.
Delta Park Powwow & Encampment
June 16–18, 2017
The Delta Park Powwow & Encampment returns for its 47th year this June, drawing Native American participants from across the Pacific Northwest to Delta Park in North Portland. The volunteer-run celebrations include art exhibitions, crafts, dancing, vendors and plenty of food.
Native community organizations and events
Broken Promises, A Fundraiser for Oceti Camp: We Stand with Standing Rock
Jan. 13, 2017
One Grand Gallery
The community of artists at One Grand Gallery invited the public to attend their event, Broken Promises, which included a silent art auction, guest speakers, drinks, food and music. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Water Protector Legal Collective.
An Evening with Elizabeth Woody, Oregon’s eighth poet laureate
Jan. 20, 2017
Marylhurst University, Flavia Hall
Attendees of this event met with Elizabeth A. Woody, the eighth poet laureate of Oregon. Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. She received the American Book Award in 1990, the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995.
Raise the Red Lodge Fundraiser
Jan. 22, 2017
Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University
Students and faculty joined together for this event at the Native American Student Community Center at the Raise the Red Lodge Fundraiser. The event benefited Red Lodge Transitions Center, a nonprofit, which provides cultural programming aimed to prevent incarceration and recidivism within the Native American community.
Contemporary Prints from Crow’s Shadow
Through Jan. 25, 2017
Oregon College of Art & Craft, Hoffman Gallery
This wide-ranging exhibition showcased 21 prints made on-site at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, a nonprofit in Pendleton that provides opportunities for Native American artists, as well as training in Native art practices. The works included in this free exhibit included prints by Wendy Red Star, James Lavadour and Rick Bartow.
Bingo for Books!
Jan. 25, 2017
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
Those who attended Bingo for Books helped strengthen the bonds of Portland’s Native American community and build a lasting love of books. This event, which was free and open to the public, included a raucous game of Bingo and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Best of all, each family went home with a book.
Saimaiyu Akesuk exhibit
Jan. 31–Feb. 25, 2017
Froelick Gallery was pleased to partner with Dorset Fine Arts to present the work of Saimaiyu Akesuk. Akesuk was born in Iqaluit (located in the Canadian Arctic), but she has lived in Cape Dorset her whole life. Her parents were among the first members of the Legislative Assembly in Nunavut. Akesuk’s confident drawings of birds and bears are characterized by her bold and dynamic simplicity, rendered with soft tenderness and often a touch of whimsy.
Confluence Story Gathering
April 15, 2017
Alberta Rose Theatre
Head to Alberta Rose Theatre in Northeast Portland for the Confluence Story Gathering, a story-driven discussion that elevates indigenous voices in our understanding of the Columbia River system. The discussion will be framed by video excerpts from interviews with native elders and leaders along the Columbia River system.