The Fall Gathering: “Guide·Gather·Grow”
Thursday, October 3rd, from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
On Thursday, October 3rd, the Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC) will hold our 15th Annual Gathering event, “Guide·Gather·Grow” at the Exchange Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. The Annual Gathering, ONAC’s signature event, is a unique opportunity for members, partners, and the Native business community to network, celebrate, and support the work of ONAC and its scholarship program.
Each year, the Gathering brings together Tribal representatives, corporate partners, city, county, and state & federal government agencies and community leaders to celebrate the contributions of ONAC members and the Native American business community.
Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, founder of Beyond Buckskin
Dr. Metalfe, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, launched Beyond Buckskin in 2009, while earning her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. In 2012, Metcalfe transformed her blog into an educational and e-commerce platform with a $100 investment to build out her website. Metcalfe explains, the boutique, still rooted in activism and a desire to share indigenous cultures through fashion design, connects artists to buyers. The broad platform helps to “promote economic development and the advancement of Native artists through financially supporting the movement”.
Today, Beyond Buckskin counts more than 40 artists and nearly 300 products available for sale. “Diversity, beauty, utility and tradition come together in the garments and accessories we share with the world – from our hands to yours,” Metcalfe states.