Native American events

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

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    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
    Jackson Armory
    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
    Delta Park
    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.

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    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
    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.

    Other resources

    PSU Native American Student & Community Center
    Wisdom of the Elders
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