Did you know that the Indigenous peoples in Multnomah County are descended from over 380 different tribes? Nearly 70,000 strong, Portland has one of the highest urban Native populations in the country. In November, we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native peoples, and honor the many important contributions they make to our communities. Here are some ways to celebrate and learn with the young people in your life!
Attend a program, class, or visit a museum exhibit. Many cultural events normally held in person have moved online.
- Native Story Hour - join Karen Kitchen (Osage Nation) for a virtual story hour featuring songs and books from Native cultures. Check the link for upcoming dates, times and how to register.
- Visit the National Museum of the American Indian for exhibits and virtual events
- Learn about local tribes’ history and culture in their own words, from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
- Visit Oyate.org’s Living Stories. These are short, accessible, modern stories in the first person, and would be a great place for students and parents to learn about modern tribal members.
Share stories and explore history and culture with your children all year long.
- Board books for babies and toddlers
- Picture Books featuring modern stories and characters
- Realistic fiction and fantasy for kids
- Always available ebooks for all ages
- Browse Oregon Department of Education’s Oregon American Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiin Native education resources page, specifically the Student and Parent Resources section on the right
- Check out this library page on our website for tips on research assignments
- Talk about the dangers of stereotypes with your family, including those portraying Native and Indigenous peoples
Adults and teens may enjoy the materials featured on the lists below:
- Native Voices - own voices novels, poetry and memoir
- Native Voices - history
- Films by and about Indigenous people, Native Americans, and Alaska Natives
Feel free to let us know if you need help placing holds or accessing your account. Subscribe to our Family Newsletter in English and Spanish for more on how the library can support home learning. We're here for you!
Multnomah County is sited upon the ancestral homelands of the Multnomah, Mollala, Kathlamet, Chinook, Clackamas, Tualatin Kalapuya and many other Indigenous Nations. These Nations have become the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington State. Land acknowledgements recognize and respect the enduring relationship that Indigenous People have with their traditional homelands. The effects of colonization can still be felt today and land acknowledgements are a small step down the path of repair, reconciliation and cultural revitalization. Land Acknowledgement, courtesy of Melanie Fey, Central Library Access Services Assistant