Wisdom Honors Our Wisdom Workforce Development Partners! 

Wisdom Honors Our Wisdom Workforce Development Partners!  Wisdom held another amazing celebration last month acknowledging eight Native American interns graduating from the Wisdom Workforce Development initiative. We had a heartwarming…Wisdom held another amazing celebration last month acknowledging eight Native American interns graduating from the Wisdom Workforce Development initiative. We had a heartwarming…

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Dear Wisdom Community, 

Thank you to everyone that came to our screening last week at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Winter Conference here in Portland! We had a great turnout and were honored to be able to screen our film and do a community consultation with the Northwest Native Community!

This week we have some updates for you on our Wisdom Workforce Development Partnerships

Wisdom Honors Our Wisdom Workforce Development Partners! 

Wisdom held another amazing celebration last month acknowledging eight Native American interns graduating from the Wisdom Workforce Development initiative. We had a heartwarming event that included a meal and a giveaway honoring the interns and our education team.

In retrospect, an untold story needs to be told! Wisdom’s Dawn Lowe (Apache, Hawaiian) Alvey Seeyouma (Hopi-Tewa), Lora Price (Landscape Architect) and Executive Director Gerry Rainingbird (Nehiyaw Cree) and our interns were all raving about the wisdom, skills and enthusiasm shared by our awesome partners. For the past two years, these partners have helped to make our environmental assessment and habitat restoration training productive and fulfilling for our interns. The warm friendships that have been created make them more like family to us.

This stunning list may be missing a few partners. If we are leaving someone out, please forgive us. We’ll make it up to you in a future newsletter.

Wisdom is honored to be a partner in the Green Workforce Collaborative, a partnership of seven vibrant Portland-based nonprofit organizations: The Blueprint Foundation (TBF), the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI), Second Chances Are for Everyone (SCAFE), Ecotrust, The ReBuilding Center and Wisdom of the Elders.

Susan Hawes, Isabel LaCourse, Janelle St. Pierre and Lynn Barlow at Portland Parks and Recreation lined up environmental assessment activities plus opportunities to mentor school students we were training in habitat restoration work.

Noah Jenkins, Alexis Barton and Daniel Newberry at Johnson Creek Watershed Council have trained us in riparian restoration along the creek and serve as cheerleaders for our interns.

Mike Wenrick, Bryan Allen and Laura Creny at Zenger Farm have raised our awareness of the important training and work at this organic farm in our own neighborhood where our Wisdom Gardens buffer is growing.

Marie Walkiewicz and Eli Callison with Bureau of Environmental Services — the landowner of the buffer at Zenger Farm — who have approved our work for more than two years.

Erica Timm, Whitney Dorer, and Rudy Roquemore at Friends of Trees have given us the honor to plant trees in East Portland plus now we are mulching and maintaining some of them.

Some of our partners within the Lents Urban Renewal Areainclude Adam Brunelle and Arlene Amaya at Green Lents, Luke Bonham at Rose CDC, David Porter and Joanna Vrilakas at Leach Botanical Garden and Nancy Tingley and Alys at Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Mary Logalbo, Scott Gail and Kammy Kern-Korot at West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District have invited Alvey to lecture in their Urban Conservation trainings and helped us harvest in a wapato patch along the Columbia River, and more!

Claudia Christensen-Garcia and Jenn Bildersee with Portland Brownfield Program conducted lectures raising awareness of brownfield work going on in Lents URA and other neighborhoods.

Suzanne Easton at East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District; Crista Gardner, Heather Nelson Kent, and Oriana Quackenbush at Metro and Leila Aman, Alison Wicks and Ann Crispino-Taylor at Prosper Portland have funded our Wisdom Workforce initiative and our Native youth leadership initiative, Discovering Yidong Xinag for the past two and a half years!

We can’t neglect to mention some of our newest partners, including Lori Epstein at Columbia Riverkeeper, Samantha Dupont of Estuary Partnership, Steve Wise at Sandy River Basin Watershed Council and Corrina Chase, Jennifer Starkey, Matthew Lee and Amira El-Cherbini at Columbia Slough Watershed Council.


 >>>> 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)