Announcements

10th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival
Presented by Northwest Indian Storytellers Association
and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

Click here to buy tickets for the 2015 NISA Festival at PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarty Auditorium Click here to buy tickets for the 2015 NISA Festival at Portland Art Museum, Mark Building, Fields Ballroom, First Floor The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) invites you to celebrate a tenth season of traditional storytelling at the 2015 Northwest…

February Discovering Our Story TV

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Our February 2015 guest was Rochelle Kulei Nielsen (Shoshone), who is joining Wisdom to coordinate the 10th anniversary year of Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) Storytelling Festival and Emerging Storytellers Workshops in 2015. Rochelle, who has served in the Native community for the past 15 years, worked as the Native American Education Coordinator for ten…

On September’s Discovering Our Story TV

Discovering Our Story

Our featured guest on September’s program was Paul Lumley (Yakama), Executive Director of Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC). Mr. Lumley has a wide-ranging background on issues that directly impact American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. He has worked directly with tribal governments, tribal consortia, virtually all federal agencies impacting Indian Country, and Native American…

Discovering Our Story TV: August 2014

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Join Rose High Bear, Nico Wind, and Bill Ray in welcoming Wisdom of the Elders Board member Ga-lo Vann to Studio A at Portland Community Media. Ga-lo Vann (Cherokee) is a Project Manager for the CDC-funded Oregon Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the Center for Healthy Communities in OHSU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, where he supports the Dangerous Decibels program, Listen for Life project, and PRC-funded programming for Native American tribes. He is also the Chair of OHSU’s Native American Employee Resource Group and a member of the CDC National Community Committee, an advisory committee to guide responsible policies and partnerships in conducting research with at-risk communities of color.

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Meet Wisdom’s Native Peer Mentors In April, Wisdom of the Elders recruited four Native American youth to serve as peer mentors for Discovering Yidong Xinag (The Old Wisdom in the Athabascan language), formerly known as The Wisdom Project. This Native American youth leadership initiative is designed to engage Native youth in environmental and climate studies…

Northwest Indian Storytellers Association Annual Retreat Wisdom held its annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Association Retreat the weekend of May 16-18 outside of Olympia, Washington. Five elder tribal storytellers and 18 emerging tellers joined us this year at a beautiful equestrian center in Olympia in a majestic old home just a few minutes from I-5. But…

Discovering Our Story Television Program Discovering Our Story TV broadcasts LIVE on the first Sunday of every month, at 1:00 pm on Comcast Ch.11 in the Portland Metro Area. Our program which aired Sunday June 1st featured members of our volunteer crew, CarlaDean Caldera, CG Graphics and Camera Operator, and Willie Towner, Camera Operator, with…

Wisdom Radio Series Four

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Indigenous Response to Environmental and Climate Issues Wisdom of the Elders Radio is producing it’s next series of American Indian public radio programs. Employing a higher level of multimedia journalism – high definition audio and video, science journalism, and new media web content – release is anticipated to be in 2014. We are accepting input…

Survivance – A Social Impact Game

Survivance Framework

Survivance is a game for Indigenous health and wellness that asks us to listen to, reflect on, and create stories in any medium that inspires us. By listening to the stories of our elders and reflecting, we are inspired to create acts of survivance — Indigenous self-expression in any medium that tells a story about our…

Wisdom Gardens in the News

Wisdom Gardens Harvest

Wisdom Gardens was featured in the Spring 2013 issue of Edible Portland magazine. In the article “Powerful Medicine: A garden gives Portland’s Native community a place to call home”, Executive Director Rose High Bear discusses the vision for Wisdom Gardens, and the importance of cultural resiliency in our local Native communities: “Get your hands dirty,…