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Portland Parks & Recreation Celebrates Native American Family Day

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Day-long Celebration on Saturday, November 16 in Conjunction with Native American Heritage Month

(Portland,OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will hold our third annual Native American Family Day at Mt.Scott Community Center on Saturday, November 16, from 10am-5pm.

Mt Scott Community Center is at 5530 SE 72nd Ave in Portland.

The event celebrates Native American heritage and culture, and is free and open to all. It’s also a great chance to start some early holiday shopping.

“Native American Family Day is a wonderful event to recognize the indigenous people of Portland,” says Katy Holland, an education specialist with Confederated Tribes of Siletz. “It is tremendous that Portland Parks & Recreation continues to provide culturally relevant activities for the many Native American families who live here. Native American Family Day brings all our people together under one roof to share in PP&R's community center activities. It's also great to have the many organizations represented to showcase the services that are available to help our families and youth. We appreciate PP&R presenting Native American Family Day."

Native American Family Day features

-Native American vendors

-Arts and crafts

-Lunch starts at noon! Indian tacos $5, Fry Bread $2 (to benefit the Bow and Arrow Culture Club and the Delta Park Pow Wow).

-Renowned storyteller Ed Edmo will perform his craft at 3pm.

Ed Edmo learned to be a storyteller from his father, growing up at Celilo Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. At night his father told him Indian legends, many of them based on the geography, history, and culture of the area around the Falls. Edmo is an award-winning playwright and has been a consultant to the Smithsonian on Native American culture and folklore. He has worked with schools for 20 years and in arts education for ten years.

About Portland’s Native American Community

Portland is home to the ninth largest Native American population in theUnited States. Our city’s urban Native community is descended from more than 380 tribes, and there are nine sovereign Native American nations located throughoutOregon. Each nation inhabits their own reservation and welcomes visitors in their own way, according to their respective customs and traditions.

-Source: Travel Portland