Wisdom is forming a Native Climate Council and seeking recommendations of Native individuals willing to serve on this council. It will be formed during the spring and summer months of 2015 in order to consult on the issues being experienced in our local Native communities and to recommend individuals to be recorded and featured on the climate documentary films and radio programs.

Wisdom is excited to announce that we have received funding from National Endowment for the Arts to produce two more climate documentary films and two American Indian radio programs.  We will feature environmental and climate issues from the perspective of Portland’s Native American community and Oregon coastal tribes. Additional funding must be raised before we can start production and we are currently planning a crowdfunding campaign.

Wisdom of the Elders

News from Wisdom of the Elders – Thursday April 9, 2015

An Evening with
Wisdom of the Elders:
Save the Date

Wisdom’s cultural gathering, An Evening with Wisdom of the Elders will be held on Summer Solstice again this year. Be sure to set aside the evening of Friday, June 19 to join us again for our annual celebration of Native American culture and the greatness of our elders.

We are currently offering a reduced price to our friends to purchase tickets before the end of April and save. You can purchase HERE.

February Discovering Our Story TV

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 years in the Vancouver, Evergreen, and Battleground School Districts, taught at PSU in the Native Studies program teaching Native American Contemporary Art, currently teaches at Portland Community College in the Art Department, and served numerous organizations in the Portland area.

Discovering Yidong Xinag

Paid Environmental Training Opportunity
for Native American Youth, May – August 2015

Wisdom of the Elders is inviting Native American college-age students in the Portland area to serve as peer mentors for Discovering Yidong Xinag*. This Native American youth leadership initiative is designed to engage Native youth in environmental and climate studies through service learning by serving as peer mentors to middle school youth. They will have opportunities to learn about their local ecosystem, explore higher education in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) fields, and pursue STEAM career pathways. They will also learn how to produce a short video about a local environmental/climate issue.

(*means “The Old Wisdom” in the Athabascan language)

Discovering Yidong Xinag flyer 2015.Feb