September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Neerchokikoo Honoring powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. The next annual event will be held on September 9th, 2017. We use this opportunity each year to honor members of our community for their contributions to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders. Since 2010, the powwow welcomes friends and families from the Native community, and the public to gather in festivities celebrating Native culture and tradition. This time is special for many as they share and practice Native dance, music, art, food and community. NAYA celebrates the tradition of powwow with drumming and dance for men and women of all ages. Our tiny tots exhibition dancing showcases the youth of our community, and throughout the day dancers of all generations step out to display their talent and pride in Native traditions and identity.
The site on which NAYA now stands was once a thriving village for the Multnomah Chinook people called Neerchokikoo. It had more than 126 dwellings and a year-round encampment. In June of 2006, NAYA Family Center moved to this site and received permission from the Chinook community to make their new home on traditional homeland.