We honor National Native American Heritage Month with events for kids and adults.
For kids and families
Learn the history and mystery behind the dream catcher while weaving your own to take home.
Saturday, November 3, 1:30–3:30 pm
Sunday, November 4, 2:30–4:30 pm
Wednesday, November 7, 5–7 pm
Monday, November 12, 2–4 pm
Capitol Hill Library
Listen to stories, songs and drumming from the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley.
Friday, November 9, 4–5:30 pm
Saturday, November 10, 11 am–12:30 pm
St. Johns Library
Thursday, December 20, 10:30 am–12 pm
North Portland Library
Listen to the story of DASH’KA’YAH the monster women and COYOTE the trickster from a traditional storyteller.
Saturday, November 17, 3–4 pm
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
Tuesday, November 20, 4–6 pm
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
4122 NE Sandy Blvd
Learn about traditional Native American food plants like huckleberry, cedar and sweetgrass, as well as plants used for basketry and medicine.
Sunday, November 4, 2–4 pm
Tuesday, November 18, 1–3 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 5:30–7:30 pm
Sunday, November 23, 2:30–4:30 pm
Learn about sustainable nettle harvesting methods to make cordage. Cordage is used for hunting, fishing, pulling, carrying and lifting.
Tuesday, November 6, 6–7:30 pm
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
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
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.