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Dear Wisdom Community,

A BIG thank you to everyone that came out to our Film Screening at the Hollywood Theater last month! We were so thrilled to have had an opportunity to do a screening there and are so thankful for the donation of the space. We look forward to more film screenings and events this year! 


This past spring, Wisdom’s Rose High Bear joined Mrs. Elizabeth Sigman in the classroom at Chemawa Indian School in Salem. They worked together to co-teach ecology to the Native American high school students, focusing upon the importance of restoring traditional First Foods, especially threatened and endangered species. Rose shared traditional stories, film clips from the Native Wisdom Documentary Film series and colorful PowerPoint presentations.

Mrs. Sigman joined Rose at the Oregon Indian Education Association Convention at Oregon State University on May 2. They presented a professional development workshop on the use of Wisdom’s Discovering Yidong Xinag* environmental science curriculum in Oregon’s classrooms. (*means “Discovering the Old Wisdom”)

Wisdom’s multimedia team, Tim Burgess and Kunu Bearchum also worked with Mrs. Sigman in the Senior AVID class to produce a short film featuring the seniors, their heroes and the legacy they are leaving at Chemawa. It was shown to the entire student body at the school’s last Monday Student Assembly.


Our own Kunu Bearchum is a 2018 Dreamstarter! Dreamstarter recently shared a really great article about him…some clips below:

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to Kunu Bearchum, an advocate for food sovereignty and one of our fantastic 2018 Dreamstarters!

Dreamstarter® is a program that gives away ten $10,000 grants each year to projects led by ten changemaking Native youths like Kunu!

His dream is “The Science of Nutrition and First Foods: Cultivating Health Through Traditional Food Knowledge.”

He wants to use biomedical and nutrition science to highlight the health benefits of first foods in conjunction with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). His plan is to lead a group of Native youth on a week-long summer science expedition out in nature to find and catalogue First Foods from around the Portland, Oregon area.

“Through cataloging the First Foods we will foster mathematical learning by having the youth add the content of specific nutrition and vitamins and multiply how many servings they would need to complete a healthy meal,” he said.

Find out more on Kunu and the Dreamstarter program here.