On Friday, November 15, 2013 from 5:30-9:00pm, the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) will host the annual auction and gala in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Over the past nine years, our community partners, Tribal leaders, elected officials and those dedicated to the educational and life success of our youth have gathered to celebrate community and a shared history. The event includes a traditional Native American meal, special performance, as well as a live and silent auction. Auction items include valuable Native art work from across the nation, fine antique baskets, original paintings, prints, hand created jewelry and one-of-a-kind travel experiences.
The spindle whorl is traditionally used by the Coast Salish spinners and weavers to wind materials around the top of the spindle into a manageable ball. Northwest Coast art is featured on the spindle with the beautifully designed sea hawk.
Northwest Coast Art captures the amazing use of bold colors, lines, and detail in their artwork. This Bella Coola Moon Mask is made with red cedar, horse hair, and pigments that are reflective of the now British Columbia region.
Internationally known Native American artist Rick Bartow’s, Wiyot and Yurok, piece Krahe Crow, will be included in this year’s live auction. Bartow uses creation stories and Native myths, such as the myth of Crow, Yealth in Tlingit, in his work. In Crow Story a powerful chief keeps the sun in a box. Crow tries many ways to trick the chief into releasing the sun, and there are several variations explaining how the sun is freed eventually.
Three rare, hand carved, ivory walrus figurines. These figurines are representative of Western Alaskan (Specifically Diomede Islands), Inuit-style ivory carvings. These are highly collectible items and valuable not only for the material which they are made, but the highly-skilled carving and care that makes the walruses’ pose and expressions unique works of art.
A timeless classic, this Navajo rug depicts geometric shapes and colors distinctive to the Southwest region.
A Blazers Experience! You and sixteen of your friends can enjoy a lush suite during a Blazer game, along with a meet-and-greet with Trail Blazer alumni!
The Tlingit Button Blanket is a beautiful art object traditionally known to tell the story of the artist, his or her clan and the tribe's power and ancestry.
Beautiful turquoise Squash Blossom jewelry set.
Home to over 38,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives who are affiliated with over 380 different tribes, Portland, Oregon represents the 9th largest Native American community in the United States. Locally, Natives experience the highest rates of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, are over-represented in the foster care system and have the highest drop-out rates of any ethnic group. Auction proceeds allow us to serve and benefit more than 2,000 youth and their families, many of whom access our programs every day.