Native American events

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

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    Tamánwit: Columbia River Art & Sovereignty Symposium

    Feb. 4, 2016

    The Portland State University College of Arts, History Department and Native American Student & Community Center hosted Tamánwit: Columbia River Art & Sovereignty Symposium, a day of discussions and celebrations of indigenous Columbia River Plateau art. The symposium showcased presentations, films and panel discussions, the reception to view the MasterWorks of the exhibit and the keynote address, featuring exhibit director Roberta Conner. This event was free to the public.

    Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy

    Feb. 6, 2016 – May 8, 2016

    This major exhibition at the Portland Art Museum featured contemporary photographs by Native American photographers Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star and Will Wilson in dialogue with photographs from Edward Sheriff Curtis’ renowned body of work, “The North American Indian.” This timely exhibition and associated educational programming asked visitors to consider Curtis’ continuing influence on the interpretation of Native American culture while highlighting contemporary reactions to his complex role within the history of representation of indigenous peoples.

    Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier

    Feb. 6, 2016

    The Clinton Street Theater showed the shocking, true story of Leonard Peltier, the American Indian leader locked away for life in Leavenworth Penitentiary and convicted of the alleged murder of two FBI agents during a bloody shoot-out on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. “Warrior” took us back to the violent confrontations at Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee in the Seventies, then to today’s Indian reservations where the government’s plans for uranium mining and waste dumping are still being heatedly resisted by Indian activists. This event was free, but a donation of $5–$10 was suggested.


    25th Annual Pi Nee Waus Elders Pow-wow

    March 26, 2016

    The Jackson Armory hosted the 25th Annual Pi Nee Waus Elders Pow-wow.


    NAIMUMA Powwow at Portland State University

    April 23, 2016

    The Peter Stott Center at Portland State University hosted the NAIMUMA Powwow.


    46th Annual Delta Park Powwow & Encampment

    June 17–19, 2016

    The 46th annual Delta Park Powwow and Encampment is presented by the Bow & Arrow Culture Club. Since 1970, this event has offered the opportunity to gather and celebrate Native culture and traditions.

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    PSU Native American Student & Community Center

    Wisdom of the Elders

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