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 (Business Owner of Indigenous Come Up). 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 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.  

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As an organization made of and serving primarily local Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs, though this organization may not serve a particular Tribal or community, this indigenous community is very connected with the Native community in the Portland Metropolitan Area and beyond. Portland Indigenous Marketplace is proud to serve diverse Indigenous vendors through the Indigenous Marketplace programming with heritage from Shoshone-Bannock to Dine (Navajo) tribes, Warm Springs to North Dakota, Mexica, Haitian, Fulani, Quechua and so on.

These last few years have shown us all how the Portland Indigenous Marketplace as a unique organization made up of and serving Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs can truly play an important role in supporting our community’s vitality via community spaces, resources, and respect. See you soon!