THE NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER
17TH ANNUAL GALA AND AUCTION FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2020 presented by Comcast NBCUniversal
NAYA FAMILY CENTER Youth centered, family driven, elder guided. The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) was founded in 1974 by parent and elder volunteers who were concerned about the low graduation rates of their youth. They organized after-school sports and tutoring activities to keep youth engaged in community and off the streets. Incorporating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1994, NAYA grew its programming to better serve the needs of the community. Now with a $12 million budget and staff of 120, NAYA offers a wide breadth of services for the region’s Native community. Our mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education. Impacting the lives of more than 10,000 individuals each year, we believe that traditional cultural values are integral to retaining sovereignty and building self-esteem. With the goal of providing stability for families and community members—moving them out of poverty and on the path to prosperity—NAYA’s wraparound programs serve everyone from babies to elders. Offered free of charge to participants, our four programmatic areas include our alternative high school, the Many Nations Academy, Youth and Education Services, Family Services, and Community Economic Development Services. NAYA’s services build upon our community’s strength, culture, and traditions and help families reclaim their heritage and their future.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Welcome to the 17th Annual Native American Youth and Family Center Gala and Auction! I’m Paul Lumley, citizen of the Yakama Nation. As executive director of NAYA, I am so pleased to welcome you all to this special event. It’s our first-ever virtual gala, and we want to make this event as much about celebrating together as it is about growing awareness about Portland’s vibrant Native community and raising funds for NAYA. This year our theme is “Together united, a community transformed.” We selected this theme because it encompasses so much of what we experienced together in 2020—and turns our attention to YOU, NAYA’s supporters—to celebrate just how powerfully we’ve been able to unite to help Portland’s Native community. We’re so thankful for your support and your friendship. From so many of you answering urgent pleas for essential items and school supplies, to our partners in philanthropic, business, and government sectors providing financial resources to keep Native-businesses alive, schools safe, food on tables, people employed, and much, much more—this has been a transformative year. We are truly in this together. When we look back on 2020, yes, we’ll remember the once-in-a-lifetime challenges and sacrifices. But because of you, we will also remember the unprecede nted beauty of our supporters, coming together in unity, to help us deliver our mission-driven work to wrap our services around Native families, empower the community, and uphold our cultural values and traditions. So sit back and relax. Don’t forget that our auction closes at exactly 9 pm, so bid now, or you just may regret it! Enjoy your Native-inspired meal and drinks if you’ve ordered them, and get ready to celebrate! On behalf of everyone at NAYA, we are so glad you are here with us tonight.
BABTIST PAUL LUMLEY Executive Director, NAYA Family Center
6:30 PM Virtual Red Carpet Hosted by JR Lilly and Rebekah Lilly
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Live from NAYA presented by Comcast NBCUniversal
Hosted by Zeke Smith and Johnna Wells
Message, Governor Kate Brown
Blessing, JR Lilly Performances, Talia Reasoner
Remarks, Babtist Paul Lumley
Message, Senator Ron Wyden
Auction Spotlight and Moments of Giving
Online Auction Closes
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Eddie Sherman, Chair Diné/Umónhon Hilltop Public Solutions Molly Washington, Vice-Chair Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PLLC Lisa Leno, Secretary Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tia Begay, Treasurer Navajo/Diné National Indian Child Welfare Association Mary Kay Eagle Staff Lakota/Northern Arapaho/Northern Cheyenne Government Specialist Cory Freeman Tim Goodman Comcast Cable-Oregon/SW Robin Rabiroff IBEW, Retired Renee Rank-Ignacio Klamath McMenamins Zeke Smith Osage Empire Health Foundation Karen St. Clair, LCSW Bdewakantuwan Dakota Psychotherapy Private Practice
FUNDRAISING-GALA COMMITTEE Renee Rank Ignacio, Chair Jan Berger Christine Dupres Laura Fallon-Burns Jen Matheson Karen St. Clair Paul Lumley Tawna Sanchez Ann Takamoto Vawn Jason Borges Sarah Howard Thank you also to Data Specialist Lisa Harman and Communications Manager Nicole Adams
TOGETHER UNITED, A COMMUNITY TRANSFORMED 2020 is a year that we will never forget. Our community faced enormous challenges, and those most vulnerable needed our help more than ever before. In response, NAYA reassured our community that “NAYA is here for you” providing uninterrupted and critical services to those in need. At every juncture, our supporters showed up to help. From diapers and school supplies, to fundraising drives and replacing stolen equipment, Portland heeded every call for help in ways never imagined. In a year when divisiveness and anxiety claimed every week’s headlines, the NAYA community grew stronger and more united than ever. The trials and tribulations of 2020 will subside. And when they have passed, the NAYA family will emerge united and transformed. We are here for each other.
“LITTLE HAWK” DRYPOINT ETCHING BY RICK BARTOW PACKAGE 1
Rick Bartow (1946-2016) was a member of the Wiyot tribe from Northwestern California and spent his life on the central Oregon Coast in the small town of Newport. His work is collected worldwide, and the subject of over 100 solo exhibitions at prominent museums and galleries, including a commissioned sculpture for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Bartow’s art speaks to the soul of his Native and white identities, suffused with myth animals with whom he walked – raven, coyote, eagle and hawk. His sensitivity to the transformative states embodied in myth reach out to the viewer in this exquisite piece. “Little Hawk” (2000) is a perfect example of Bartow’s skill and soulfulness. This limited edition (4 of 20) drypoint etching shows Hawk standing poised and alert, projecting an image of strength and protection. Measures 16” x 21” (framed) Gift of The Richard E. Bartow Trust and Froelick Gallery
“ELK BROTHER” ORIGINAL PAINTING BY TERRANCE GUARDIPEE PACKAGE 2
Terrance Guardipee is an internationally acclaimed painter and ledger artist, consistently recognized for the traditional depiction of his Blackfoot heritage, as well as the contemporary innovation demonstrated in his work.A member of the Blackfoot Nation of Montana, Guardipee illustrates his personal experience of Blackfoot culture through his artwork. In this deeply personal work, Elk is shown standing proudly over a vast expanse with hills fading into the horizon, Guardipee’s own hand imprinted upon the land, as a sign of both his reverence and connection to this world. Regarded as powerful life-giving spirits, this original painting is evocative of the protective power and energy for which Elk is so revered among many northern tribes. Recognized by numerous museums, prominent Indian art markets, and private collectors alike, Terrance’s work is featured in the permanent collections of such prestigious institutions as the Smithsonian Institute, the Gene Autry Museum, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, and the Museum of Natural History in Hanover, Germany. Measures 28” x 40” (framed) Thank you to NAYA Community Member
“JOURNEY’S END” ORIGINAL PAINTING BY MARVIN OLIVER PACKAGE 3
An original giclee and silk-screen serigraph created in 2010, “Journey’s End” depicts a colorful Puffin waiting inside a cave for his relatives from the south to arrive. In his view, a white Raven rides the bow of a Coast Salish canoe as it reaches the end of its journey to the cool and clear Alaskan waters. Marvin Oliver (1947-2019) is one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary sculptors and printmakers, having made strides in the art world for the development and recognition of Native American fine art. Oliver’s career spans over 40 years, and he has worked in a variety of media including cedar, bronze, steel and glass. The latest period of his work has been characterized by mixed-media pieces, such as the vibrant original serigraph seen here. Measures 22” x 30” (framed) Thank you to Judy Lyons
“LEAPING SALMON MAN” BRONZE MASK BY TERRESA WHITE PACKAGE 4
This beautiful and inspired bronze mask was lovingly made and gifted to NAYA by Yup’ik sculptor, Terresa White. Primarily inspired by Yup’ik stories of transformation, Teresa’s contemporary work explores traditional themes and their interplay with modern ways. Depicting a salmon and man as they come together, Leaping Salmon Man expresses a calm ebullience, and invokes a sense of harmony between animal and human persons, as the two transform into one. “I begin working clay for each piece with no more than a dusky shadow in mind of what will materialize. The faces of my masks and the gestures of my figures emerge from memories—those passed to me by my ancestors and my own. They are shadowy and I sense them dimly until they appear, recognizable at last, through my working of clay. When the person of each mask or figure finally comes into view, I experience delight and relief similar to spotting down the road a relative who has safely traveled a long way for a visit.” – Terresa White Measures 10” x 8” x 3” Thank you to Terresa White
“ORCA BUTTON BLANKET” BY MAXINE MATILIPI PACKAGE 5
Made by artist and master seamstress, Maxine Matilpi, this one-of-a-kind hand-sewn button blanket uses a base of black wool, bordered in vibrant red. The design is a red wool applique of two diving killer whales joined by a common tail, outlined with hand-sewn mother-of-pearl buttons that also appear in designs throughout the blanket. Worn during ceremonies and potlatches, these blankets were considered important symbols of wealth and prestige, with the specific design or crest meant to honor the clan of the wearer. The split whale design brilliantly sewn into this blanket belonged to Maxine’s great grandfather, Chief Henry Speck. Maxine Matilpi (b. 1956) was born in Alert Bay. She spent her early life in her home village of Kalugwis, located in the very centre of Kwakwaka’wakw territory. Here she learned her first language, Kwakwala, and was formally trained and educated in many aspects of traditional culture. Since then, Maxine has dedicated her talents to her people, in order that their traditional culture remains vibrant and strong. Measures 58” x 52” Thank you to Norman and Elizabeth Duffett, Orca Capital Securities, LLC
“PARKER FAMILY HAWAIIAN HERITAGE QUILT”BY PATRICIA MOANIKE’ALA KAUKA-PARKER PACKAGE 6
Bring the spirit of the islands into your home today! Made especially for the NAYA Gala by traditional Hawaiian quilter Patricia Kauka-Parker, this authentic hand-sewn Hawaiian quilt is rare treasure indeed. Depicting a traditional Hawai’ian ‘ulu pattern in vibrant orange over a background of warm brown, quilts such as these require hours of meticulous labor and are almost never seen outside of Hawai’i. A symbol of prosperity and abundance, ‘ulu or breadfruit was a staple food of the Polynesians that carried their voyagers across the Pacific, and allowed the Polynesian people to settle new lands. Today ‘ulu are seen as a symbols of a fruitful life, nourishing both body and mind, ensuring we never hunger for knowledge. Framed in natural Hawaiian mango wood, provided by our friends at Katayama Framing, this one-of-a-kind quilt is ready to grace your home with the spirit of aloha! Measures 39” x 39” (framed) Thank you to the Parker Ohana and Katayama Framing
“FLYING SPIRIT” GLASS VASE BY LILLIAN PITT AND DAN FRIDAY PACKAGE 7
This does NOT happen every day. Or ever, really. A unique collaboration between two of our finest northwest Native artists creates this stunning medley in glass. Artists Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) and Dan Friday (Lummi) collaborated in summer 2019 to create a series of glass vessels, including this striking piece you see before you. This vessel was blown and fused by Dan Friday, under the direction of honored elder and renowned artist, Lillian Pitt. Dan brought over twenty years of glassblowing experience, and Lillian brought the aluminum stencils – based on Columbia River and Plateau designs – that would be incorporated into each piece. By the end of the process the two had fused their respective visions into a brand-new series of rich, vibrantly colored vessels that reflect the time-honored traditions of both artists’ ancestors. Artist Lillian Pitt is one of the most highly regarded Native American artists in the Pacific Northwest. Primarily a sculptor and mixed media artist, she expresses her artistic vision through clay, bronze, wearable art, prints and glass. Measures 9.5” diameter x 10” high Thank you to Lillian Pitt
“HUNT FAMILY RAVEN HAMAT’SA MASK” PACKAGE 8
Made by members of the Hunt Family for use in traditional dance rituals, this exquisitely carved and hand-finished mask is a true work of art. The Kwakwaka’wakw are known for their skillful wood carvings, particularly their masks and totem poles. Masks are an important part of ritual dances and aid in telling the stories of the tribe. Often depicting important animals and ancestral spirits, individual carvers often attempt to leave a personal mark on the objects they carve with slight variations to the traditional mask form. As such, each mask is a deeply personal object, and no two masks are ever the same. Masks such as this one are specifically worn by initiates during the dances of the Hamat’sa society, the most prestigious of theKwakwaka’wakw dancing societies. The mask seen here represents the Crooked Beak of Heaven, or the Cannibal Spirit, an integral character in stories of the Hamat’sa winter dances. Measures approximately 36” long by 40” high (with cedar bark fringe) Thank you to Douglas McCauley
“STERLING SILVER CUFF BRACELET” BY TIM YAZZIE PACKAGE 9
Known as the Native Silver Son, Tim Yazzie is heavily influenced by, and spiritually connected to, his family and Pueblo ways of life. In his youth, Tim realized his love for art, recognizing that he had the ability to create the things he could see in his mind’s eye. He was able to draw detailed designs and pictures of the things around him. Even today, he draws all of his designs – freehand – directly on the silver, allowing the pure metals and stones to guide his creative process and develop the ideas that he sees in both his heart and mind. A true creator of beauty, Tim uses Pueblo pottery designs to tell stories in many of his pieces. Utilizing only the finest materials, he then incorporates fine inlays and stonework, making each of his pieces extraordinarily beautiful, and always one-of-a-kind! Measures 7” around Thank you to Laura Fallon-Burns
“ANTIQUE STERLING SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE” PACKAGE 10
Now is your chance to own this exquisite example of Navajo silversmithing. Made in the 1940s, this stunning antique sterling silver necklace features a delicate Navajo squash blossom design, accented by vibrant cabochon-set red spiny oyster shell. The necklace is 26” long and substantial. The Naja – crescent shaped pendant – measures approximately 3”across and culminates with two more red spiny oyster shell accents. See it worn by the incomparable Johnna Wells during our livestream broadcast on November 13! Thank you to Laura Fallon-Burns
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 16, 2020, NAYA closed to the public and implemented an off-site work force. NAYA staff have been innovative and courageous. Many of our services have been adapted to be delivered virtually by phone or video conferencing, and we continue to provide critical and essential services while using best practices in social distancing: • Preparing and delivering 2,000 meals and 100 food boxes each week to our home-bound Elders and families • Engaging our students in distance learning in accordance with Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Department of Education • Offering virtual programming including college nights, culture nights, small business and microenterprise classes • Providing technical assistance to our small business clients, helping them find the resources they need to stay in business • Delivering increased rental and energy assistance support • Providing one-on-one support for our foster youth and families, and hosting virtual small group cohort gatherings • Reaching out to our community members, assuring them that NAYA is here for them, in these stressful times and always
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