Wisdom Introduces New Executive Director Gerry RainingBird

Picture of Gerry RainbirdWisdom is excited to introduce our new Executive Director, Gerry RainingBird to our community of partners, friends and relatives. Gerry is a member of the Nehiyaw Tribe(Cree), and has lifelong ties with his traditions and cultural values.

Gerry has spent the last 29 years working with native communities from all parts of Indian Country. He has extensive experience working with American Indian communities and tribes in both rural and urban settings.

His experience includes program development, strategic planning, group training, budgeting, project coordination, and administrative leadership. He is very familiar with the diverse needs of Native peoples and plans to utilize that background to lead the expansion Wisdom’s services to strengthen family relationships, and their health and wellness, educational achievements, cultural arts, and economic development within Native communities.

We will be introducing Gerry to the community at our OMSI event on Monday evening, November 13th at 6pm. We hope you can join us.



Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Wisdom of the Elders:

This month Wisdom continues its statewide film screenings and will be hosting one here in Portland at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry next Monday, November 13th. We hope you, our colleagues, friends and relatives, can join us for this special free event which commemorates Native American Heritage Month.

Native Wisdom Film Screening and Community Consultation

Monday, November 13th at 7:00pm, doors at 6:00pm
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry — Empirical Theater, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland OR 97214

Please plan to arrive early for an opportunity to meet Gerry RainingBird, Wisdom’s new Executive Director. Gerry has 29 years of experience working in Native American communities throughout the country. Welcome Gerry!

Doors open at 6:00 pm, films start at 7:00pm sharp
Snacks and refreshments from 6-7pm with Rose High Bear and Gerry RainingBird
This community event is free and open to the public

We will be screening the following films:

Native Wisdom: People of the Oregon Coast
Native Wisdom: People of Oregon’s Interior
Both produced and directed by Larry Johnson — Lawrence Johnson Productions
Executive Producer: Rose High Bear
With assistance from Wisdom’s film production team, Tim Burgess (Paiute, Shoshone) and Kunu Dittmer-Bearchum (Northern Cheyenne, Hochunk).

Native Film Academy Emerging Filmmaker Adrienne Moat

Native Film Academy Emerging Filmmaker Adrienne Moat

We will also screen the short documentary produced by emerging Native filmmaker Adrienne Moat and acknowledge her for accomplishing her first film titled “TEK 101: Wisdom from the South Wind.” She participated in Wisdom’s second annual Native Film Academy which was held in Portland this summer and was led by Tim Burgess, Kunu Dittmer-Bearchum and Joseph Colina (Cherokee).

We would like to acknowledge and thank our generous donors, funders, and sponsors:

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for hosting our event!
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Oregon Cultural Trust
James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Regional Arts and Culture Council
The Coquille Indian Tribe
The National Endowment for the Arts

-Updates will be available at our website www.wisdomoftheelders.org and on our Facebook page!
-If you can’t make our OMSI event next Monday, we will be hosting several screenings throughout the rest of the month.

Upcoming November 2017 Film Screenings and Community Consultations:

  • Friday, 11/17 at 10am — Barbara Roberts Human Services Building at 500 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR
  • Friday, 11/17  at 1pm — Barbara Roberts Human Services Building at 500 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR
  • Friday 11/17 at 4pm — Oregon City Public Library, Oregon City, OR


Tawna Sanchez PictureWe’re proud to announce that our guest for November’s Discovering Our Story TV program will be Oregon House Representative Tawna Sanchez.

Tawna Sanchez was born of Shoshone-Bannock, Ute, and Carrizo descent and raised in Portland, Oregon. She received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Marylhurst University and a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. For most of her life Tawna has been active in the fight for indigenous and women’s rights. She protested coal and uranium on native reservations and was a leader of international organizations like the Indigenous Women’s Network and the International Indian Treaty Council. A major focus of Tawna’s work has been in the area of domestic violence. Prior to joining NAYA, she was a domestic violence advocate at the Bradley Angle House and is the founder of a nationally recognized Native American domestic violence intervention and prevention program that has successfully served thousands of Native American families. She has been active at the state level as well, serving on the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisory Board. She is currently serving in the Oregon House of Representatives. She represents the 43rd district, which covers parts of north-central Portland.

Wisdom of the Elders Discovering Our Story TV program airs Sunday November 5th at 1pm on Channel 11 and rebroadcasts on the 7th (10:00pm on Comcast channel 22) and the 10th (9:00am on Comcast channel 23).