The Name of The Wisdom Project is changing to “Discovering Yidong Xinag” To honor her Deg Hit’an Dine heritage, Rose…

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Meet Wisdom’s Native Peer Mentors Peer mentors examining oysters and ocean invertebrates. (L to R) Ideara Sasao, Jacquelyn Nielsen, Carmen…

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2014 Fourth Annual Wisdom of the Elderberry Harvest Celebration

2014-Harvest-CelebrationJoin us in September for Wisdom of the Elders 4th Annual Wisdom of the Elderberry Syrup Harvest Celebration at Wisdom Gardens.

The harvest celebration will focus on Wisdom’s elderberry plants and the elderberry’s healing propertiesto support a healthy immune system against winter’s cold and flu season. This will also be an open house for the community to learn more about Wisdom of the Elders and Wisdom Gardens.

2014 Ninth Annual NISA Storytelling Festival & Emerging Storyteller Workshops

The Northwest Indian Storytelling Association (NISA) 2014 Festival and Emerging Traditional Storytellers Workshops celebrates the ninth season of traditional storytelling in the Pacific Northwest. With friends and relatives joining us from around the region, generations come together to listen to and learn from one another, the craft of traditional storytelling woven into each day.

The 2014 NISA Workshops and Festival are scheduled for October 8-13, 2014. Traditional drumming and singing, with opening prayer and commentary by treasured native elders are integral to the events.

Sign up here to become a member of NISA, and learn how you can join us at this year’s NISA Storytelling Festival and Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop. The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) was formed in 2005 to encourage, preserve and strengthen traditional storytelling among tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and to share tribal oral cultural arts with our entire regional community.

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.


“Technology without a Soul”
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“I see STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as technology without a soul,” reflected James Mason, Ph.D., Manager of Diversity Education and Cultural Competence for the Oregon Region Providence Health and Services.
Dr. Mason and his Assistant Francesco Copp visited last Friday morning with Wisdom’s Rose High Bear as they discussed his upcoming keynote at “An Evening with Wisdom of the Elders” on Friday evening, June 20.
The partnership between Providence Health and Services and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. has developed over the past year and continues to blossom. Dr. Mason, who was introduced to Wisdom’s newest initiative, Discovering Yidong Xinag, in January, will present a stirring keynote at Wisdom’s fundraiser. He is a national leader in equity and cultural competence policy, also serving as Senior Project Consultant for Georgetown University’s National Center on Cultural Competence.