About Us

How it all Began

Being the only business of color or the only Indigenous vendor at events sparked an idea in the mind of Lluvia Merello. To create an inclusive space where businesses of color and indigenous origin will feel not just welcome but at home, and to spread the history and culture of their heritages as well.

Determined to create such a space, Merello founded the Portland Indigenous Marketplace in 2018.

Our History

A spark that was ignited in 2018 soon took form to create a space for Indigenous vendors and artists. The first Portland Indigenous Market took place on Black Friday in 2018. Started with zero budget but with determination, the participation of vendors and artists and the support of the patrons who thronged the marketplace on Black Friday at the Rockwood Community Center led to continued events.

Continued interests from vendors and artists and patronage of the people who supported the marketplace by spreading the word and purchasing from the markets lead to one event after another. All this while, marketplaces where held with no booth fee being charged to the vendors. Securing of grants opened new doors for the Marketplace and continued Markets with free vendor spaces, funding was used for ramping up advertising and hiring indigenous musicians, dancers and storytellers to perform at these events.

Portland Indigenous Marketplace has now successfully transitioned as a non-profit. The pandemic situation of 2020 created new avenues for the Marketplace and in March 2020 the Marketplace began to function virtually via facebook live and zoom sessions and is open 24/7 via this website.

Our Mission

Portland Indigenous Marketplace supports indigenous artists and entrepreneurs by providing barrier-free, culturally respectful spaces that encourage cultural resilience and economic sustainability by promoting public education through cultural arts.  

Portland Indigenous Marketplace Board 

Our Board is here to serve you. Have questions about the marketplace or want to feature some of your products on this website? Please email us and we will get back to you with a quick response.
 

President- Lluvia Merello (lluviamerello@gmail.com)

Treasurer – Rodi Bragg  

(rodibragg@gmail.com)

Secretary- Xóchitl Garnica (chalchifarm@gmail.com)


Keeping with the theme of The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor  (from PIM founders at Indigenous Come Up) we have both eagle and condor in the logo.  The mountain on the left is Wy’east (Mt. hood) and on the right Machu Picchu (Peru).