Happy Native American Heritage Month!


Last month, in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we hosted our first-ever District-wide Native American Cultural Night in partnership with the David Douglas Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC). Today, in honor of the start of Native American Heritage Month, we are honored to release a special highlight video of our celebration with 75-80 attendees.

The night was full of fun including:

  • Songs from Portland All Nations Canoe Family and Native Artist, Karen Kitchen (Osage/Cherokee)
  • Traditional storytelling from Ed Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock)
  • Powwow dancing by NAPAC member, Terrie & son Joe (Pend Oreille Salish)
  • First foods like elk stew, three sisters soup, wild rice, and mini frybread provided by Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
  • Traditional activities like making nettle tea provided by NAYA and making dentalium shell necklaces provided by The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians
  • Twelve information tables hosted by local and Native organizations (NAPAC, NARA, Bow & Arrow Culture Club, The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Multnomah County Library, Portland State University, NAYA, Portland All Nations Canoe Family, and more)
  • A book giveaway for students with books by Native authors

A special thank you goes to our community partners, NAPAC, NAYA, Portland State University, and The Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and to the many Native David Douglas community members who attended this event to share their culture and celebrate with us!

This month, you can celebrate, honor, and learn more about Native culture by attending the following events:

NAYA Culture Nights – ALL INVITED! 

November 6th @ 5:30 p.m. – 3rd Annual Native Teaching Night 

@ 5:30 pm – Dinner served 

@ 7:30 p.m. –  Performances by The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble featuring Fish Martinez and Kunu Bearchum 

November 20th – Culture Night/Dinner – formline art & making button blanket wall hangings
December 4th – Culture Night/Dinner – wintertime inside game making workshop & play
December 18th – Culture Night/Dinner – winter card/gift making

Six Stories Celebrating Native American History and Culture

Check out this video with six short stories celebrating Native American history and culture on Turtle Island, now widely known as the United States.

  • @ 0:05 – Sharing the Table (Hugo, MN) – What’s on the Menu? Authentic Native American Cuisine, courtesy of the Sioux Chef Kitchen
  • @ 2:49 – Bringing Back the Native Feast (Minnesota) – Some libraries are full of books. This one is full of seeds – saving native foods from extinction.
  • @ 5:47 This Art is Our Art (Seattle) – No fakes. No frauds. This shop sells real Native American Art.
  • @ 8:16 Protecting Eagles, Preserving Traditions (Delaware) – Eagles are protected species.  This is how Native Americans obtain their feathers for ceremonies.
  • @ 10:01 Building a New Home After 12,000 Years (Tahola, WA) – Climate change is forcing this tribe to leave sacred ground for higher ground

Native Events @ our Multnomah County Libraries!

Edible Native American Plants

This Saturday, November 2 @ 12:00 pm – Troutdale 

The Prairie Blossoms: Shining the Spotlight on Native American Music

This Saturday, November 2 @ 3:30 pm – Kenton 

plus more additional Saturday and Sunday dates at various locations

Day of the Dead Indigenous Stories and Songs of Mexico

(Dia de Muertos Historias y Canciones Indígenas de México)

This Saturday, November 2  @ 11:00 am – Central Library

This Saturday, November 2 @ 4:00 pm – Gresham

Native American Jewelry Making

Saturday, November 9 @ 1:30 pm – Gregory Heights 

plus more dates and locations

Native Storytelling and Drumming 

Saturday, November 16 @ 11:30 am – Albina

Saturday, November 16 @ 3:00 pm –  Kenton

Connecting Cultures: Native American Children’s Songs

Saturday, November 16 @ 3:00 pm – Hillsdale 

Saturday, November 23 @ 11:00 am – Holgate 

Native American Dance

Thursday, November 21 @ 12:30 pm – North Portland 

PDX Native Film Night – Warrior Women NOW SOLD OUT

Monday, November 25 @ 7:30 – Hollywood Theatre

FREE – but you need to register for tickets!

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Multnomah County Library and PSU’s Indigenous Nation Studies presents the second annual PDX Native Film Night. Join us for a screening of Warrior Women followed by a panel on indigenous women activism with Tawna Sanchez, Rowena Jackson, and Deborah Shipman moderated by Shilo George.  Warrior Women  is the untold story of American Indian Movement activist, Madonna Thunderhawk, who fought for civil rights in the 1970s, and the children who served as her inspiration and cohorts.

Useful Websites

View the proclamation the School Board adopted, at the November 14th meeting, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.