November is Native American Heritage Month, which started at the turn of the 20th century as an effort to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.

Native American Heritage Celebrations in Lincoln City

3rd Annual Native American Heritage Day

November 9, 2013 – Lincoln City Cultural Center

Locals, visitors, children and families are invited to enjoy traditional and modern samples of Native American arts and culture, free food and family fun, at the third annual Native American Heritage Festival

    Throughout the day:Native American Heritage Day at the Cultural Center in Lincoln City, OR

  • Opening reception, Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, CHESSMAN GALLERY – Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts is a non-profit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, the institute also functions as a venue for teaching the traditional Native arts practices of the Columbia Plateau region. This exhibit, on loan throughout the month of November, features prints by Lillian Pitt, Rick Bartow, and many others.
  • Samples of smoked salmon and other traditional foods, CHESSMAN GALLERY – Provided by Chef Jack Strong, Chinook Winds Casino Resort. While supplies last.
  • Make-and-take Native American crafts, ELIZABETHAN ROOM – Shell necklaces, feather fans and coloring pages, designed to celebrate Native arts and crafts traditions.
  • Native American Book Sale, HALLWAY – A wide variety of themed books and gifts, offered by Bob’s Beach Books of Lincoln City
    1pm – Presentation: “Cultural Treasures from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians with Robert Kentta, AUDITORIUM
    Councilman and Cultural Director Robert Kentta will bring priceless artifacts from tribes’ collection, and give an update on the ongoing effort to acquire and protect such pieces from the past.
    2pm – Presentation: “Native American Art of Oregon” with Dr. Tracy J. Prince, AUDITORIUM
    What differentiates Native American art in Oregon from Native art in other parts of the Pacific Northwest? How are Oregon’s history and culture represented in Native art and how can we learn more about our community’s values and aspirations by looking at the artwork? Prince has taught university classes on Native American art and literature for nineteen years. She studies traditions that have survived the suppression of Native identity and customs.

Learn more about the Native American Heritage Day.

Chowder Cook-Off

November 10, 2013 – Tanger Outlets

The Chowder Cook-Off in Lincoln City is taking place over two days, Saturday & Sunday, November 9-10, 2013. Along with tasting all the wonderful chowder recipes, the Sunday of this event is dedicated to celebrating Native American Heritage. From 11am-3pm, there will be a number of activities including:

    Executive Chef Jack Strong of Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, ORTribal Drummers and Dancers – Dancers and drummers will perform during the day’s opening ceremonies. Dances have always been significant in the lives of Native Americans and have played a vital role in religious rituals and other ceremonies.
    Cooking Demonstrations – Executive Chef Jack Strong of Chinook Winds Casino will teach you how to prepare some authentic tribal dishes.
    Story Telling – The Native American culture is known for its rich oral tradition using verbal language to share their history, customs, rituals, and legends through vivid narratives. Listen in as a Slietz Tribe Storyteller connects the past and the future through this traditional activity.
    History & Crafts – The Siletz Tribal Arts and Heritage Society will host a booth with a raffle and information on the history of the Siletz Tribe. Hands-on Native American craft actives including beading and necklace making will be available all day.

Learn more about the Lincoln City Chowder Cook-Off.

Siletz Restoration Pow-WowSlitez Restoration Pow-Wow at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR

November 16, 2013 – Chinook Winds Casino Resort

The Restoration Pow wow is a gathering held celebrate the signing of the law that re-established government-to-government relations between the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the federal government. Unlike other pow wows, the Restoration Pow wow isn’t a competition. It’s their story of trials turned triumphant. The public is invited to this free event, which begins with a grand entry at 6 pm. Siletz cultural displays and American Indian vendors (with jewelry, beadwork, and other items for sale) will be available throughout the day.

Learn more about the Siletz Tribe and the Restoration Pow-Wow.