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.

New Native-owned businesses

TGIFrybread: Authentic Native American Cuisine

4810 S.W. Western Ave., Beaverton

This food cart specializes in Native American frybread, NdN tacos made by owners who hail from the Yakama Nation in Washington State and the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.


Dancing in the Square American Indian Day Celebration

Sept. 7, 2018 from 12–7 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square

This annual event returns for its twelfth iteration. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and other local Indian organizations host this American Indian Day celebration. Rain or shine, grand entry begins at 3:30 p.m.

Neerchokikoo Powwow

Sept. 15, 2018 at NAYA Family Center (5135 N.E. Columbia Blvd.)

The Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow celebrates the tradition of powwow with drumming and dance for men and women of all ages. The site on which NAYA (Native American Youth and Family Center) now stands was once a thriving village for the Multnomah Chinook people called Neerchokikoo. It had more than 126 dwellings and a year-round encampment. In June 2006, NAYA Family Center moved to this site and received permission from the Chinook community to make their new home on traditional homeland.

Community organizations and events

Kalapuya Basket Weaving

June 16, 2018 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Wildcraft Studio (601 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.)

In this workshop, students will spend the day learning from Stephanie Craig, an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. Skills taught will be how to process Western Red Cedar bark, prepare it for weaving and weaving a medium-sized basket. By the end of the class, students should have a completed basket to take home with them.

Spirit of Giving Conference

August 7–9, 2018 at Red Lion Hotel on the River (909 N. Hayden Island Dr.)

This three-day event offers mixed panels of experts on the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, Inc.’s (NARA) medical and social services.

Jim PepperFest

Sept. 29–30, 2018 at Parkrose High School (12003 N.E. Shaver St.)

Returning for its sixth year in 2018, the Jim Pepperfest honors the saxaphone stylings of musician Jim Pepper, who was of Kaw/Creek heritage and who grew up in Portland. His Kaw Indian name was Hunga-che-ada, which translates to “Flying Eagle.”

Other resources

PSU Native American Student & Community Center
Wisdom of the Elders
Find more Portland events in the events calendar.

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