Gathering: A Celebration of Native American History Month


November 11, 2023    
All Day


Cannon Beach
Various Locations, Cannon Beach, OR, 97110

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Cannon Beach community groups are teaming up to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with “Gathering,” a weekend of art, music, culture, food and more from Friday November 10 to Sunday November 12.

All programs are offered free of charge (donations are encouraged).

Friday, November 10th kicks off with a concert at the Cannon Beach Coaster Theatre featuring The Blackbird Band and Quiltman.

The celebration continues on Saturday, Nov. 11th at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, featuring presentations by artists Ceara Lewis (Aleut), Ravenwolf (Koyukon Athabaskan/Muscogee Creek), and a presentation by Brad Mix (Red River Métis).

The weekend concludes on Nov. 12 with a luncheon honoring corn at Tolovana Hall. The final event will include “decolonized fry bread” from Zoe Swain (MesoAmerican), poetry reading by Cliff Taylor (Ponca), and storytelling led by Marisol Quintana (Purépecha).

Throughout the weekend—and during the month of November—Terresa White (Yup’ik) will be the featured artist at the Cannon Beach Gallery’s annual miniature show.

“Our community has long been a gathering place,” says Andrea Suarez-Kemp, Development Manager of the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. “Here’s a chance for us to showcase our capacity and strengthen the rapport between residents and visitors.”

This is a longstanding challenge for many resort destinations. It involves a rebalancing of priorities to better meet the basic needs of community – like clean water, affordable housing, and food security. Such needs have been largely unmet for generations of Native American families. More and more are beginning to relate. Art, culture, and heritage help energize us to move forward.

Suarez-Kemp is aware of her Taino roots as she works to expand exhibits and programming for Indigenous people at the museum.

“Promoters of tourism often call this the Columbia-Pacific region,” she says. “Yet I think of all the wonders that were here before Columbus first met my ancestors when he landed in the Western Hemisphere.”

Local organizers view this as part of a larger opportunity: using the power of hospitality and friendship to connect people more deeply with the places we live and visit. For more information contact Andrew R Tonry, program director for the Tolovana Arts Colony.

In solidarity with all Clatsop and Nehalem/Tillamook Peoples, thanking every Indigenous ancestor who shared in the art of human community.