Special Event     Series: Family Day

A Celebration of Oregon’s Immigrant Communities

Free and open to the public
Saturday, December 15, 2018
12PM – 4PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

Join us for an all ages program celebrating some of Oregon’s immigrant communities!

Cultural Exhibitions


Vietnamese Cultural Performances


Iraqi Cultural Music and Dance


Borana Women’s Group Cultural Music and Dance

Activities for All Ages

12pm – 4pm

  • Tissue Paper Stained Glass Suncatcher
  • Dragon, Cow, and Goat Hand Puppets
  • Sponge-patterned Gift Bags
  • Borana Tribe Artifact Table
  • Bosnian Artifact Table by BECO
Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Bosniaks Educational & Cultural Organization (BECO)

12pm – 4pm – Artifact Table

Throughout the day, members of the Bosniaks Educational & Cultural Organization look forward to teaching you about their culture through artifacts and photos. Those who visit early may have the pleasure of sampling homemade Bosnian delicacies. BECO, formed in 2003, is a religious, educational, cultural, charitable, and social non-profit organization supporting a community of believers and people of goodwill who strive to strengthen, preserve, maintain, and foster the Islamic as well as Bosniak identity. 

Vietnamese Cultural Performances

12pm – Vietnamese Cultural Performances

'Tis the season for holiday music! Enjoy Vietnamese Christmas carols sung by the Abba Choir from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon. Experience the beauty, elegance, and spirit of the Vietnamese đàn tranh, an ancient instrument played by the internationally recognized Huong Viet Performing Arts Group. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Hai Viet Hong, the group performed in February 2018 at the White House to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Iraqi Society of Oregon

1:15pm – Traditional Music & Dance

Enjoy traditional Iraqi dances as you listen to singer Farhan Zangana, keyboard player Anas Yousifani, and guitar player Zaven Arshak. Tap your feet as you watch the "Jobiya", a popular line dance that is an essential part of Iraqi celebrations. As an added treat, the Arab Children's Band, founded by the SE Portland Arabic Language School in 2015, will perform a dance and a song by Lana AlQaisi.

The Sabbo Gonna Sisters

3:15pm – Traditional Songs & Dance

Learn about the pastoral lifestyle of the Borana people from Northern Kenya through the songs and dances of the Sabbo Gonna Sisters! In the Borana culture, songs focus on praise for livestock, especially cows and goats. Love songs about family and spouses are also popular. The Borana women will be adorned in guntiina (a brightly-colored cloth wrapped around the body and tied in a loop), wrist bangles (meeth), necklaces (qaaliim) and ankle bracelets (koomee). In 2014, Borans in the United States founded Gaadisa Sabbo Gonna (GSG), an organization to support men, women, and youth. The Sabbo Gonna Sisters formed in November 2016 in Seattle, Washington, as a way for Borana women to support each other in their new homeland. Please join us in welcoming the Sisters for their first public performance!



Families are also invited to visit History Hub, OHS’s permanent exhibition made for kids, by kids. In History Hub, youth and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives and pictures. View historic artifacts like suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway’s typewriter, learn about different cultures by reading books in the “Book Nook,” and discover how Oregonians have stood up for fairness throughout history.

Thank you to this month’s Family Day partners: