Celebrate Native American heritage

We honor National Native American Heritage Month with events for kids and adults.

Abstract image of dreamcatcher

For kids and families

Dream Catcher Weaving

Learn the history and mystery behind the dream catcher while weaving your own to take home.

Saturday, November 3, 1:30–3:30 pm
Albina Library

Sunday, November 4, 2:30–4:30 pm
Rockwood Library

Wednesday, November 7, 5–7 pm
Gresham Library

Monday, November 12, 2–4 pm
Capitol Hill Library

Native American Indian Storytelling and Drumming

Listen to stories, songs and drumming from the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley.

Friday, November 9, 4–5:30 pm
Fairview-Columbia Library

Saturday, November 10, 11 am–12:30 pm
St. Johns Library

Thursday, December 20, 10:30 am–12 pm
North Portland Library

Native American Jewelry Making

Learn to use traditional items such as bone beads and leather to create jewelry. Make a beaded necklace, a choker necklace or beaded earrings.

Saturday, November 10, 2–3:30 pm
Midland Library

Tuesday, November 20, 4–6 pm

For adults

PDX (Pretty Damn X-traordinary) Native Film Night

This special event showcases the diversity, perspectives and stories of Native peoples from across the Northern Continent with a documentary film, panel discussion and short films.

Thursday, November 1, 7–10:30 pm
Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd

Edible Native American Plants

Learn about traditional Native American food plants like huckleberry, cedar and sweetgrass, as well as plants used for basketry and medicine.

Various dates and libraries.

Ethnobotany of Kalapuya

Learn about traditional plants (ethnobotany) and cultural heritage of the local Kalapuya and Chinook tribes and how to make a traditional tule duck decoy.

Sunday, November 11, 2–4 pm
Hollywood Library

A Shared City: Native Americans in Early Portland History

Portland historian Tracy Price talks about the recently uncovered and neglected part of Portland’s Native American history. See rare photos and hear early stories about Native Americans in Portland.

Sunday, November 11, 3:45–4:45 pm
Rockwood Library

Native American Art of Oregon

Learn how Oregon’s tribes showed artistic expression via basketry, canoes, longhouses, beadwork, burial platforms and rock art.

Saturday, December 1, 3–4:30 pm
Capitol Hill Library


These events are made possible by The Library Foundation through support from The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Fund.


Thanks for offering these events. Can you clarify the dates? It seems that the day and dates for some of the events do not match. For example: Tuesday, November 18, 1–3 pm (Nov 18 is a Sunday) Northwest Library Wednesday, November 19, 5:30–7:30 pm (Nov 19 is a Monday) Kenton Library Sunday, November 23, 2:30–4:30 pm (Nov 23 is a Friday) Central Library
Thanks for letting us know about that! We've updated it. Please click on the title of the program to see all of the Edible Native American Plants events. The dates that you see there (some in November, some in January, are correct). -MCL
Thank you for offering these programs during November. As a Native patron, I would love to see more programs offered throughout the year and more outreach to our native communities and tribes to bring more native people to the libraries and more materials to the tribes through Library Outreach Services. I find the Native Community very under represented. Another example would be story times for Native children.
Thanks for sharing this feedback. Removing barriers and connecting our community are library priorities, and your ideas and experiences with the library are appreciated. We've forwarded your comments to the appropriate library staff. -MCL

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