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11th Annual Story Telling Gathering & Traditional First Foods Symposium


Wisdom of the Elders will welcome a number of gifted Native American storytellers to Portland on Friday, February 17, 2017 as we will celebrate our eleventh annual Northwest Indian Storytelling events. We are scheduling a Friday afternoon symposium as well as the Friday evening of traditional storytelling about traditional First Foods species that are threatened or endangered.



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Position Available at Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

Discovering Yidong Xinag
Educator Position Description

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) is recruiting a Discovering Yidong Xinag* Educator and Facilitator. Discovering Yidong Xinag (*means “the old wisdom” in Athabascan) is Wisdom’s Native American youth leadership initiative. This will be our fifth year of providing climate and environmental educational activities in the classroom and during out of school service learning in the Portland area and now we are partnering with Oregon tribes to provide the DYX Educational Toolkit. This program has been designed to enrich STEAM learning for low-income Native youth and other youth of color; engage them in STEAM educational and career pathway planning; and strengthen Native resiliency including cultural identity and self-esteem.
DYX Educator job description.1.18.2017(PDF)

Native Youth Development Specialist
Position Description
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) currently has an opening for a Native Youth Development Specialist. The specialist will serve as classroom educator with a team of three providing 350 high school students at Chemawa Indian School with leadership skills and health and wellness support. Chemawa Indian School is located in Salem, Oregon, 40 miles south of Portland and is the oldest Indian boarding school west of the Mississippi River.To strengthen students’ educational engagement and achievement, Wisdom uses its own culturally-tailored multimedia curriculum. Lesson plans are compatible with Alaskan Native / American Indian learning styles and include health and wellness; environmental and climate; cultural arts; and multimedia learning materials. This is a dynamic collaboration between several organizational partners including Indian Health Service at Chemawa Indian School, Project Venture, Synergo, Inc. and Wisdom of the Elders.Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) is a Native American non-profit corporation with a vision of cultural and environmental sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation. Our mission: Wisdom records, preserves and shares oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and indigenous science of exemplary Native American elders and scientists in collaboration with environmental organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Wisdom Workforce Development
Educator Position Description

We are seeking an educator with a background in environmental sciences and with experience working with Native American communities and organizations. This position requires knowledge and experience in natural resource management, effective communication with local partners and an understanding of traditional ecological knowledge. They will join Wisdom’s Project Team to plan and support three-month trainings twice a year to cohorts of ten adult Native interns. Training includes classroom education in environmental assessment and habitat restoration using Wisdom’s culturally-tailored multimedia curriculum that integrates traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) with Western science. They will also support service learning activities in local natural areas.
Wisdom Workforce Development Educator Job (PDF)



The staff, board and other supporters here at Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. wish you Happy Holy Days! In the tradition of our Native American ancestors, we are gifting you with this link to the first in our series of Climate and Native Wisdom documentary films.

“The People of the Whale” features the Inupiaq people of Alaska who are experiencing unprecedented changes and yet are continuing to cherish their rich way of life in the uppermost part of arctic Alaska.

The People of the Whale

Our Climate and Native Wisdom Documentary Film Festival will be held at Portland Art Museum on Sunday, April 16, 2017 in partnership with the Northwest Film Center. Tickets will be available early in 2017.