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An annual Native American Marketplace is becoming quite popular in Inner Southeast

DAVID F. ASHTON - Matt Ruff, known as Matt Ruff, The Ringer: 2-Bit Rings, from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, turns quarters into finger rings - on the spot. For the fifth consecutive year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day marked the "Native American Marketplace", hosted by Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) at the Mt. Scott Community Center, at S.E. 72nd and Harold Street.

The large meeting room was filled with tables – some of them spilled out into the adjoining hallways, on November 25 – all laden with crafts for sale.

"We've almost doubled the number of vendors that we've had in the past, and unfortunately we've even had to turn a couple away," reported the coordinator – who is also the PP&R administrator and staff to the Native American Community Advisory Council – Cheryl Juber.

"This market helps our vendors make connections with the community, as well as sell their crafts," Juber said. "And, it's great to see the community turn out and do some Holiday shopping here, giving support to these crafters."

In addition to hosting the marketplace, Juber said, the annual marketplace is also an important outreach for the Parks Bureau to the Native American community. "We let them know that we have great facilities, and great opportunities for the whole family."

The vendor fees from the marketplace go to support the "Bow & Arrow Archery Club", which sponsors the Delta Park Powwow on Father's Day weekend each year, Juber commented.

It was clear that, with thirty tables set out with merchandise of all kinds, this gathering had turned into a marketplace in the truest sense. If you missed it, look for it Thanksgiving weekend next year.

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