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Dear Wisdom Community,  We hope everyone is off to a great start to 2018! Wisdom honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past week as a day of service and…We hope everyone is off to a great start to 2018! Wisdom honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past week as a day of service and…

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Dear Wisdom Community, 

We hope everyone is off to a great start to 2018!

Wisdom honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past week as a day of service and partnered with United Way on a day of volunteer work here at our Wisdom offices in SE Portland. Thank you to Amanda Shannahan and Melia Tichenor of United Way for providing a crew of volunteers that helped paint, clean, and brighten up our offices. What a wonderful way to start the new year!

Here are a few more updates and announcements for you this week…

>>>> Wisdom at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Winter Conference on January 23rd
We are excited to announce that we have been invited to screen one of our films in our Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series at this year’s Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Winter Conference! Wisdom will be a part of ATNI’s Culture Night, and the screening will be at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland on Tuesday evening,  January 23rd. This evening portion of the conference is open to the public and begins at 6pm, with Wisdom’s film starting at 7pm. Stay tuned to our social media pages for more updates this week!


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Wisdom Workforce Development Internship Program Now Accepting Spring 2018 Applicants
Our Wisdom Workforce Development Internship Program will launch another season on February 27th, 2018. The application process is now open! Our internship program provides a monthly stipend, and training in environmental assessment, habitat restoration and career pathway planning for Native American adults. The application form to apply is available below:

http://www.wisdomoftheelders.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/WWD_Applic_Online.pdf

>>>>> Oregon Tribal Storytellers Kicks Off
The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association has formed out of Tulalip, Washington. Wisdom of the Elders, which formed NISA in 2004 and has held 11 annual storytelling festivals in the state of Oregon since 2005, has given up NISA to comply with the wishes of our primary funder the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisdom is now seeking support to form the Oregon Chapter of our storytelling association.Our new name is “OREGON TRIBAL STORYTELLERS.” We plan to hold the 12th annual public event in 2018 and form four new chapters of our association throughout the state of Oregon during 2018. We are asking for individuals to join our working group which will meet in Portland and Salem over the next year. We are also asking for Friends to provide contributions to the initiative so we can fund our 2018 series of events. You can email [email protected] if you are interested in knowing more about the working group. You can also send a contribution to Wisdom earmarked “NISA Oregon Chapter.” 

>>>>> Rose High Bear and Wisdom of the Elders in Artslandia
Our Co-Founder of Wisdom of the Elders, Rose High Bear was recently featured in Artslandia Magazine Thank you to Hannah Krafcik for a great article, and Christine Dong for beautiful photos. Click below to read the full piece.

 >>>> December 2017 >>>>

Wisdom expanded the Discovering Yidong Xinag Educational Toolkit and will provide it early in 2018 starting with a pilot being planned with an Oregon tribe. This culturally-tailored multimedia curriculum features film clips from the Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series with indigenous science, traditional ecological knowledge and cultural arts. These cultural elements are being integrated into environmental science lesson plans and includes fun service learning activities in local natural areas. We are aligning materials to Next Generation Science Standards and providing professional development trainings for educators. This expansion has been funded by the generosity of Spirit Mountain Community Fund, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Charlotte Martin Foundation and Nike N-7.We are now seeking funding for further expansion of this educational initiative designed to strengthen educational engagement and academic achievement of Native American and other low-income students and improve social and emotional learning.

 

(Two shots from our production of the film Native Wisdom People of the Oregon Coast, capturing The Coquille Tribe Lamprey Float on the South Coquille River and the gathering of tea leaves.)

>>>> November 2017 >>>>

Rose High Bear doing the community consultation at OMSI

Rose High Bear facilitating discussion during the community consultation portion of our OMSI Film Screening.

Film Screening and Community Consultation at Oregon City Public Library

Film Screening and Community Consultation at Oregon City Public Library

Six Film Screenings and Community Consultations were held during Native American Heritage Month. This included Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon City Public Library and Intel. These were funded by Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Coquille Indian Foundation and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Partners included OMSI, Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Department of Indian Education, Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon City Public Library and the Native American network at Intel. Thank you to all that came out to make them a success!

>>>> October 2017 >>>>

Gerry RainingBird joined the Wisdom family in October when he came aboard as Wisdom’s new Executive Director while co-founder Rose High Bear transitioned to a role as Senior Consultant and Executive Producer. Wisdom’s Executive Transition project has been funded by Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation and NoVo Foundation.

>>>> September 2017 >>>>

Wisdom staff took a group of Portland-area storytellers up to the Northwest Indian Storytelling Association’s Storytellers Retreat and Public Storytelling Gathering in Seattle. The weekend included public storytelling events, trainings and an organizational meeting at the weekend retreat center as NISA becomes its own nonprofit after being managed by Wisdom since 2004. These activities were funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and hosted by Daybreak Star Culture Center at Discovery Park in Seattle.

Wisdom plans to hold tribal storytelling events in the Portland area and is seeking sponsors and other funding sources so they can continue into the future.

>>>> August 2017 >>>>

Eight Emerging Native Filmmakers finalized production of their own short documentary films they learned to produce during the summer months. They learned video field production in June, began to record in July and completed post production editing by the end of August. This group also served as our Native Peer Mentors during the summer at the NAYA summer science and culture camp sessions, learning advanced environmental science, leadership and mentoring as well as film production.  We appreciate the support of our funders: Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. We enjoyed our partnership with Open Signal which trained two emerging Native filmmakers inn TV studio production to support behind the scenes at Discovering Our Story Television Program which is broadcast live monthly at their studios.

Multimedia intern Adrienne Moat operating Multimedia intern Marcos Alatorre
(Left: Multimedia intern Adrienne Moat operating HDTV Broadcast camera at Open Signal for Discovering Our Story TV show, Right: Multimedia intern Marcos Alatorre operating HDTV camera at Open Signal for Discovering Our Story TV show)

>>>> July 2017 >>>>

Wisdom’s Native youth leadership initiative, Discovering Yidong Xinag* provided fun environmental education classes at the Native American Youth and Family Center for 67 youth who enjoyed fun service learning in local natural areas. In the spring, we had also provided training for more than 100 7th grade students at Highland Park Middle School. This culturally tailored multimedia curriculum is now expanding into the DYX Educational Toolkit for tribes with the addition of film clips from the Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series being added to the lesson plans. We are piloting it in 2018 in partnership with Oregon tribes and anticipate it will help fulfill the mandate that Oregon tribal history and heritage will be taught in public schools of Oregon starting in 2019. (*means “Discovering the Old Wisdom” in Deg Xinag dialect of Athabascan)

We have grown thanks to generous support from Miller Foundation, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Charlotte Martin Foundation and Nike N-7. We are now seeking partnerships and funding to continue expansion into 2018.

>>>> June 2017 >>>>

Our Native American crew at Wisdom Workforce Development LLC gained new work opportunities thanks to partnerships with Friends of Trees, WHPacific and West Multnomah Soil and Waters Conservation District. They had a range of opportunities from planting and mulching trees in Lents and other neighborhoods, to planting Native plant species in a natural area in Lake Oswego and at NARA Northwest, and helping WMSWCD add diversity issues to their trainings for partners and community members.

 
(Left: Wisdom Workforce finishing Beaver cages at NARA, Right: Wisdom Workforce installing Beaver cages around trees at NARA)

>>>> May 2017 >>>>

Wisdom’s team traveled to Corvallis and Eugene in May to hold Film Screening and Community Consultation events in partnership with the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse and University of Oregon’s Tribal Climate Program. Funders for this outreach included the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The Wisdom Workforce Development interns traveled to Corvallis to attend OSU School of Forestry’s Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference. Many thanks to Gail Woodside and Valerie Goodness who helped to arrange these events.

We will continue to hold Film Screenings and Community Consultations for our friends and colleagues into 2018 upon request from sponsors.

  
(Top Left: Presenters at Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference at OSU, Top Right: Wisdom at the OSU Longhouse, Bottom Left: Wisdom on stage in Eugene)

>>>> April 2017 >>>>

The Native Wisdom Documentary Film Festival was held in Portland on Saturday, April 15 for 175 guests. Two new documentary films were shown featuring Oregon tribes, their emerging environmental issues and rich cultural arts. Wisdom’s film production team led by Executive Producer Rose High Bear and Producer/Director Larry Johnson (Lawrence Johnson Productions) worked for three years years to fund, record and produce these two films. They are part of the series of four short documentary films which have been produced since 2012. Partners include the Northwest Film Center and funders Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Spirit Mountain Community Fund and Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Wisdom is continuing to seek funding support for the upcoming production of two full length documentary films and is continuing to screen the short docs that have been produced.

 
(Left: Larry Johnson and Rose Highbear on production, Right: Rose HighBear interviewing Tom Younker (Coquille) for Native Wisdom Films)

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Dear Wisdom Community,

Join us as we kickoff our Wisdom of the Elders Winter Fundraising Drive with #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is one of the biggest days of the year for non-profit organizations and charities around the country. This is a huge opportunity to give back to community focused individuals and organizations that give back all year, do good, and are making impact and change for other people!

As an organization dedicated to preserving Native American cultural awareness, cultural sustainability, multimedia education, and race reconciliation — we ask that you partner with us this #GivingTuesday so that we can continue making an impact as an organization that supports and serves Oregon’s Native American Communities.

Here are three ways you can make an impact this #Giving Tuesday:
1. Donate and be part of WOTE’S cultural sustainability work
2. Share our Facebook posts and retweet us to spread the message #WOTE
3. Tag your friends who should know about WOTE and the work we are doing

As many of you are aware, our ancestors have always honored the tradition of generosity, and we hope that Wisdom can count on you to continue that practice. We are deeply grateful for those of you that have already given your financial support, and our wish is that you will be inspired to share this opportunity to give, with your colleagues, friends, relatives. 

We will be raffling off a few copies of our Native Wisdom DVDs to those who participate in #GivingTuesday with us as a token of gratitude for your support!

Thank you,
Gerry RainingBird

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