It was its fifth year in the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood
Back for its fifth year at the Portland Parks & Recreation (PF&R) Mt. Scott Community Center, in the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood, was the "Native Family Day & Marketplace" on Saturday, November 26.
"This is a wonderful event put on by and for the Native American community, featuring a marketplace and entertainment," observed PP&R Native American Community Advisory Council member Sheryl Juber.
"We have about 30 vendors here today; some came from as far away as Arizona to attend this year," Juber told THE BEE, as guests swirled among the exhibits in the events room, and spilled out into the hallway.
"People coming here are finding beaded jewelry, pottery, clothing, smoked salmon, crafts, paintings and other art, etched glass – and the list goes on, of the items brought here by our Native American artisans," Juber smiled.
"It's important to have this here, because it's good for the Native American community to have an a special place to gather," Juber reflected. "And, holding it here invites everyone to be introduced to the community, especially if they haven't been here before. So, part of the idea is to get them here for the 'family day', to go roller skating or swimming, and come back again on their own."
This outreach program proved successful; many guests came to browse and buy at the Marketplace, while their kids played at the Community Center.