Wisdom Gardens, Winter Solstice – from the desk of Rose High Bear
As Wisdom Gardens rests for the winter and we prepare for Winter Solstice, I am reflecting on the year, my life, and Wisdom’s shared vision for the future of our people.
My sub-arctic heritage reveres Winter Solstice as the holiest time of the year – the time to remember and grow closer to our Athabascan (Deg Hit’an Dine) heritage and its cultural greatness. Our values are rich and enduring.
Despite centuries of historical trauma, our people and our subsistence way of life have continued to thrive. They remind us who we are as Deg Hit’an Dine descendants.
Remembering Nelson Mandela – from the desk of Rose High Bear
Today, the world continues to reflect on the life of the late Nelson Mandela, hereditary leader of the Thembu peoples. I’m touched that, along with all of his titles and accomplishments, he was also a gardener. An excerpt from his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, reveals his rich values and spirit:
“Almost from the beginning of my sentence on Robben Island, I asked the authorities for permission to start a garden in the courtyard. For years, they refused without offering a reason.
An Evening of Love and Laughter – A Benefit Concert for Wisdom of the Elders
Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul & Mary fame, brings his inimitable talents as a singer and songwriter (remember “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “The Great Mandala”) to town for a concert to benefit Wisdom of the Elders on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland.
For more than 50 years, imagine, Peter has delivered iconic performances of folk classics “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer” and dedicated his life to social justice, peace activism and educational initiatives. In short: His mission is to seek and work for a better world. Click Here to Read More…
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