Canoe landing and procession kick off Native American convention as participants embrace rain
While some Portlanders dashed to their cars and huddled under awnings to avoid the rain Sunday afternoon, members of the National Congress of American Indians took the steady drops as a sign their ancestors were shedding tears of joy.
More than 250 Native Americans from around the Pacific Northwest gathered at the waterfront in downtown Portland for the ceremonial landing of four canoes carrying members of the Grande Ronde, Warm Springs and Cowlitz tribes as a kick-off for the 68th annual Northwest Congress of American Indians taking place this week at the Oregon Convention Center.
The physical scars from two head-on car collisions are no longer the first thing you notice when you meet him. You first take note of the keen sense of humor he uses to manage the numerous volunteers working at his council’s sobriety pow wow. He is clad in jeans, a gustoweh (a northeast woodlands traditional headdress) of hawk feathers, and one of his several exquisitely tailored ribbon shirts. When asked about the scars, though, he says, “Actually, you could discover scars all over my entire body.” And then he laughs.
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