Portland Indigenous Marketplace
Provides a Variety of
Programming and Services
Community News– Members receive 1-5 monthly emails about events and programming. Open to the public.
Indigenous Community Circle– Keeping the community updated with community resources beyond this organizations services. Communication is through a google group, where community members can contribute/engage.
Art and Culture– Access to art and culture workshops and equipment. A fee may be required for some activities.
Indigenous Marketplace Programming/Vendor– Indigenous/Black Artists and Entrepreneurs who participate in the Indigenous Marketplace programming events.(You will be required to fill additional forms out to become an approved participant of our Indigenous Marketplace programming, staff will follow up with you through email with additional application)
Portland Indigenous Marketplace Definitions: Some content pulled from United Nations “The Concept of Indigenous Peoples”
Indigenous– Indigenous communities, peoples and nations are those who, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed in their territories who are determined to preserve, develop and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories and their cultural/political identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and systems. Tribal Enrollment or Blood quantum are not required to fulfill our definition of Indigenous.
Black/African Diaspora– The African Diaspora is the worldwide demographic of Indigenous communities descended from Native sub-Saharan Africans or people from Sub-Saharan Africa. Including the forced and voluntary movement of Africans and their descendants to various parts of the world including but not limited to, the Caribbean, South America and North America during the modern and pre-modern periods.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA) standards will be upheld when the Indigenous/Black Artist/Entrepreneur is Native American (Indigenous to the United States) and selling culturally traditional items. We also reserve the right to apply the spirit of the IACA to all Indigenous/Black Artists/Entrepreneurs selling culturally traditional items. If the seller is not selling culturally traditional art/services/jewelry/crafts/products then the IACA standards do not apply. These standards ONLY apply for culturally traditional items/services being sold.
According to the U.S. Department of Interior:
“The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Act) of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Indian art and craft products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell, any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a 5-year prison term, or both. If a business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.Under the Act, an Indian is defined as a member of any federally or officially State recognized tribe of the United States, or an individual certified as an Indian artisan by an Indian tribe. The law covers all Indian and Indian-style traditional and contemporary arts and crafts produced after 1934. — The Act broadly applies to the marketing of arts and crafts by any person in the United States. Some traditional items frequently copied by non-Indians include Indian-style jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, kachina dolls, and clothing.”