Food and crafts highlight ‘Native American Family Day’

Take a look at this interesting, and unique event that highlights those in our Native American community …

Native crafts are in display, during the 2014 Native American Family Day.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As part of Native American Heritage Month, the fourth Annual Native American Family Day and Marketplace took place on November 1 at the Portland Park & Recreation (PF&R) Mt. Scott Community Center.

“Native American Family Day is a wonderful event to recognize the indigenous people of Portland,” commented Katy Holland, an education specialist with Confederated Tribes of Siletz.

One of the Native American Family Day organizers, Sheryl Juber, spends a moment with her grandkids Nahela, Yazzie, and Andrew.

“It is tremendous that Portland Parks & Recreation continues to provide culturally relevant activities for the many Native American families who live here,” Holland added, “and to showcase the services that are available to help our families and youth.”

PP&R staff member, and member of the Native American Community Advisory Council, Sheryl Juber said it all started with an idea several years ago.

“Portland’s Mayor Sam Adams issued a proclamation, declaring November to be Native American Heritage Month four years ago,” Juber said. “That’s when we decided to put on an event by, and for, the Native community.”

Making “fry bread” are volunteers Sande Bea Allman and Sherry Scott.

Ryan Pingo shows his glassware, and Cherilynn Tsosie her bead work, at this year’s Native American Family Day at Mt. Scott Community Center.

About twenty vendors and community organizations set up displays in the auditorium, offering family activities such as arts and crafts, along with tables for jewelry and for the use of other vendors.

“The best part of it for me, is seeing old friends,” Juber told East Portland News. “And it’s great to see new people come in and learn more about the large Native community here in Portland.”

Entertaining with music are Tony Garcia, Alejandro Escovedo, and Luciana Proanno.

While visitors browsed, many of them partook in “Indian tacos” and fry bread, sold to benefit the Bow and Arrow Culture Club and the Delta Park Pow Wow.

At the end of the successful day, plans were already afoot for a repeat of the special event next year at the community center.

© 2014 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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