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Dancers displaying regalia during Native Runway
Dancers displaying regalia during Native Runway
Vancouver's annual Native American Heritage Month celebration set for Nov. 17 (Photo) - 11/05/18

Native runway and native craft holiday marketplace featured

Vancouver, Wash. – The community is invited as Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center and the diverse native community observe Native America Heritage month on Saturday, Nov. 17. This free, annual celebration is a popular event that has grown over the years, recognizing the many contributions of Native Americans to the larger American cultural mosaic.

A native craft holiday marketplace will return for its second year, sponsored by Native Vendors United and Sacred Waters Fish Company. The marketplace, open from noon to 4:30 p.m., features Native American artists and craftspeople, offering an opportunity for small business vendors, artists and artisans to display and sell their goods and services.

The Native Runway, which begins at 1 p.m., is a celebration of regalia, culture and song. Eventgoers can listen to traditional music as dancers walk a ‘red’ runway in native regalia – clothing and adornment specific to each dancer and his or her heritage. The native dancers will also share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance.

This community celebration is a collaboration between Native American volunteers and the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center.

Throughout November, many activities in the community help recognize Native American Heritage Month. Along with the Nov. 17 events at the Water Center, community members might also enjoy:

David Lewis Lecture: Colonial Mythologies of the Indian Wars, sponsored by Friends of Ridgefield
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11
Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver,

Promised Land Documentary
7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28
Old Liberty Theater, Ridgefield,

For more information about the Nov. 17 event, please visit the Water Center website at or contact Cory Samia at 360-487-7111.


Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area's few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. The Water Center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Water Center. More information is available on the Internet at or by calling 360-487-7111.


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