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A Native American marketplace at Mt. Scott in its second year draws quite a crowd

DAVID F. ASHTON - A member of the Yurok tribe, Pamela Brooks, shows a necklace - from RRB Native Jewelry.As has become their custom, the "Native American Marketplace" was again held on the third Saturday of November – this year, on November 23, the weekend before Thanksgiving Day – at the Mt. Scott Community Center, on S.E. 72nd in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood.

Shoppers celebrated Oregon's indigenous cultures at the marketplace, which was held during Native American Heritage Month. Vendors offered beautiful handmade native beadwork, sterling silver jewelry, and other handiwork.

"We started this many years ago to engage our native community in our recreational programs," remarked Sheryl Juber, semi-retired from Portland Parks & Recreation, and now on the Native American Community Advisory Council.

"Here today, we have 32 vendors from as far away as Arizona; and again this year, we've had to turn away vendors, because it's become such a popular event," Juber told THE BEE.

"There's a little of everything being sold here; from handcrafted jewelry to clothing, to photographic prints – and, new this year, we have salmon from the northern shores of Washington," pointed out Juber.

In addition to helping folks get a head start on Holiday shopping and giving Native American crafters an outlet for their creations, "this is a good opportunity for people to discover that many of these vendors are our neighbors; and, that there are many of our indigenous people living right here in the community," Juber said.

Vendor table fees and sales of food and were again donated to the "Bow & Arrow Culture Club", to help them produce their 50th annual "Delta Park Powwow" in 2020.


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