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.

Powwows

Northwest Indians Veterans Association (NIVA) Color Guard at Liberty High School

April 6, 2018
Liberty High School (21945 N.W. Wagon Way, Hillsboro)

Head to Liberty High School in Hillsboro, a suburb of Northwest Portland, for the Northwest Indians Veterans Association Color Guard. Festivities run from 5:30–10 p.m., with the grand entry is at 7 p.m.

Portland State University 47th annual Naimuma Powwow

May 5, 2018
Portland State University Viking Pavilion (930 S.W. Hall St.)

This annual powwow is hosted by Portland State University’s United Indigenous Students in Higher Education group. This event will take place at PSU’s Viking Pavilion from noon–10 p.m.

48th annual City of Roses Delta Park Powwow & Encampment

June 15–17, 2018
Delta Park (10737 N. Union Ct.)

Presented each year by the Bow & Arrow Culture Club, the Delta Park Powwow and Encampment returns June 15 at 7 p.m. and ends June 17 at 6 p.m.

Community organizations and events

Telling Native Stories to Rehumanize Native Peoples

April 9, 2018
The Old Church Concert Hall (1422 S.W. 11th Ave.)

This Southwest Portland event is a groundbreaking convergence of award-winning and distinguished native playwrights. Panelists include DeLanna Studi, Larissa FastHorse and Mary Kathryn Nagle. The panel, sponsored by Advance Gender Equity in the Arts, will focus on social justice and how telling Native stories can be used to re-humanize native peoples.

Standing Rock to the Bundy Standoff: Occupation, Native Sovereignty and the Fight for Sacred Lands; Sewell Lecture with Jacqueline Keeler

April 12, 2018
First Unitarian Church of Portland (1211 S.W. Main St.)

Jacqueline Keeler, a Diné (Navajo) and Dakota writer, is giving the 2018 Sewell Lecture. This lecture was named to honor the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, who served for many years as senior minister at Portland’s First Unitarian Church, one of the largest Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States, founded in 1865.

Southwest Portland event is a groundbreaking convergence of award-winning and distinguished native playwrights. Panelists include DeLanna Studi, Larissa FastHorse and Mary Kathryn Nagle. The panel, sponsored by Advance Gender Equity in the Arts, will focus on social justice and how telling Native stories can be used to re-humanize native peoples.

The Thanksgiving Play

Through April 29, 2018
Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 S.W. Morrison St.)

Larissa FastHorse’s “The Thanksgiving Play” skewers the school system’s well-meaning attempts to reconcile tragic aspects of American history with family-friendly pilgrims-and-Indians fare. Tickets can be purchased here.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Land Justice

May 9, 2018
Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center (710 S.W. Jackson St.)

Michelle Daigle is a Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) member of the Constance Lake First Nation in Canada. A faculty member and UBC, her research examines resource exploitation, dispossession and violence within Indigenous communities. Learn more about the event here.

NAYA Spring Marketplace

May 12, 2018
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) (5135 N.E. Columbia Blvd.)

Head to the Native American Youth and Family Center’s (NAYA) Spring Marketplace, happening just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day! Native business owners will be offering a great selection of jewelry, glass work, art work, leather work and more from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Learn more about the event here.

And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears

Through May 13, 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.

CCNA: Interwoven Radiance

Through June 24, 2018
Portland Art Museum (1219 S.W. Park Ave.)
Organized by Tlingit artist and weaver Lily Hope, this exhibition in Portland Art Museum’s Center for Contemporary Native Art celebrates Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers of the Northwest Coast.

Other resources

PSU Native American Student & Community Center
Wisdom of the Elders
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