Project Description

Native Gathering Gardens

Beginning in 2010, a committed core group of Native and non-Native community leaders turned to our Portland Urban Indian community to define a Tribal Garden design feature. Initially sized at 20,000 square feet, the Native Gathering Gardens at Cully Park has grown to over 36,000 square feet and now provides the unifying design theme for the entire Park. It is the first feature of its kind at a City of Portland park.

This innovative project is based in traditional indigenous wisdom, and will create a place to:

  • Commune
  • Cultivate indigenous foods and materials for cultural practices and traditions
  • Revitalize the associated knowledge, skills and ethics in an urban landscape

Thanks and Recognition for design direction goes to: Portland Youth and Elders Council, Native American Youth & Family Center, Native American Community Advisory Council to Portland Parks, and attendees of community conversations hosted at PSU’s Native American Student and Community Center. Thanks and recognition for the unending commitment of the project’s core group: Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Donita Sue-Fry, David Hall, Ridhi D’Cruz, Isabel Lacourse, Cary Watters, and Shawna Zierdt.