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Wisdom Film Screenings in April

Two short films on environmental and climate issues from the perspective of Alaskan Native elders and leaders will offer our community an opportunity to learn more about Alaska Native response to climate issues. You can learn at a deeper level the importance of preserving Native Alaskan communities’ unique earth-based cultures which are increasingly facing unprecedented sustainability…

Wisdom of the Elders Indiegogo Campaign for Climate Radio Series

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Our Indiegogo Campaign to raise matching funds for Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program: Series Four. Wisdom was funded by National Endowment for the Arts to produce this series featuring Alaskan, Washington and Oregon tribes and their response to unprecedented environmental and climate issues. You can check it out here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/indigenous-response-to-climate-change-wisdom-radio-series-four Wisdom of the Elders is…

Peter Yarrow and Wisdom featured on KBOO FM

On Thursday, February 13th, from 6 to 8 PM, KBOO Community Radio, Media Sponsor for “An Evening of Love and Laughter”, welcomed Peter Yarrow for a live in-studio performance. Peter Yarrow discusses his life and work, and plays some old favorites for the KBOO listening audience. Also in studio were Peter’s son Christopher Yarrow and Wisdom’s Executive Director Rose…

Wisdom Gardens, Winter Solstice

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…

Elderberry Harvest Celebration

Wisdom of the Elders invites you to Wisdom Gardens Harvest Celebration, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Sep. 21. The “Wisdom of the Elderberry” syrup making demonstration was well received last year, and we hope to see both familiar and fresh faces this year. This event celebrates not only the healing properties of…

Celebrate 20 years with Wisdom!

Join us at Wisdom’s 20 Year Anniversary Celebration. The evening will include music from Cedar Rose featuring Nico Wind and Karen Kitchen, an account of Wisdom’s history, storytelling, and a keynote address. A raffle and welcoming of new Friends of Wisdom will be held to help cover event expenses. Please contact Lisa Lakes at lisawisdomelders@gmail.com…

Free Talk on Salmon and Sea Lions

A free talk on news framing and public opinion concerning salmon and sea lions at the Columbia River. Tuesday, 29 January 2013 6:30-7:30 p.m. Native American Student and Community Center Portland State University Prof. Cynthia-Lou Coleman   Download the flyer here: Coleman Lecture flyer PDF 2013

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Wisdom of the Elders is connecting the wisdom of our Native American elders with younger generations and our increasingly diverse community.  We seek to correct misconceptions and end prejudice, to bring wellness to Native people and demonstrate how our cultures continue to enrich our world.   Become a Friend of Wisdom of the Elders

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In November, Wisdom completed production on the last 12 of 36 sets of Discovering Our Story culturally tailored multimedia health and wellness curriculum. This career pathway planning curriculum will provide guidance for those exploring careers in k-12 education, higher education, tribal administration, social work, non-profit management, engineering, forestry engineering, archeology, medical and therapy fields, and…

NISA Tribal Storytelling Highlights

More than 40 emerging tribal storytellers spent the weekend learning the art and craft of traditional tribal storytelling with us at Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community Center. At the end of the weekend, we asked them if their expectations were met.

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“I think if we are good students to these teachers, we will learn to live well, live now, with a heart full of compassion; think of all that their eyes have seen, how much joy and pain their hearts have experienced. What treasures they have to share! I have always called their teachings ‘heart treasures.’”…

The Seventh Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival

Festival theme:   Honoring the Salmon and Animals So They Will Return  Friday – Sunday  October 26-28, 2012 at Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community Center (Friday) and Hoffmann Hall (Saturday)    Special thanks to our sponsors:  Northwest Indian Storytellers Association, PSU’s Indigenous Nations Studies Program and Native American Student and Community Center, National…

Tribal Invitation to Seventh Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival October 26-28, 2012

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The Seventh Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival is scheduled for October 26-28, 2012 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The NISA Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop is Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2012. We extend warm greetings to Native American community members interested in knowing more about Native American culture and heritage to join…

Cedar Rose

We are excited that Cedar Rose will perform at our first Annual Salmon Dinner and Silent Auction! Nico Wind (Assiniboine and Ojibwe) and Karen Kitchen (Osage) – are gathering again to create a powerful melodic duo to honor Wisdom of the Elders and our history of cultural resilience. They will sing several songs, including the Wisdom theme song,…

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Team Gold with AmeriCorps' NCCC team transform the back gardens at Kelly Butte House

You are invited to join us to see the recent transformation of Wisdom Community Gardens. Please join us at the Open House on Tuesday, June 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.  Our garden is located at the east foothill of Kelly Butte Natural Area, at the offices of Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. The address is…

Start a Garden!

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Wisdom Community Gardens Advisory Council wants our community to discover the abundance that can be provided by Portland’s rich natural world.  Our NCCC team is building six raised vegetable garden beds this week so our Native community can learn and grow healthy heirloom vegetables for their family. Please contact us if you are interested in…

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  The Wisdom Community Gardens Open House is Tuesday, June 12 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Our garden is located at the east foothill of Kelly Butte Natural Area, at the offices of Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

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Peta Mni is our featured guest, with video segments from Rose’s interview with Dr. Theresa Maresca (Mohawk)

First Annual Gala and Salmon Dinner

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Scottish Rite Center 709 SW 15th Avenue Portland, Oregon 97205 (map) You are invited to our first Annual Salmon Dinner and Silent Auction! Wisdom of the Elders is excited to announce our First Annual Gala and Salmon Dinner on Friday evening June 22, 2012.  Guest speaker is Terry Cross (Seneca), founder and Executive Director of the National…

NISA Storytelling Festival

The Advisory Council of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association held their annual retreat over the weekend at the Brighton Creek Retreat Center in Roy, Washington.  Advisory Council members invited their emerging tribal storytellers

Invitation to Wisdom Community Gardens Events

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 You are cordially invited to several upcoming Wisdom Community Gardens events this spring as Wisdom of the Elders launches our educational and organic heirloom vegetable garden at Kelly Butte House. A team of seven AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will dedicate 2 1/2 weeks in late May and early June transforming the garden…

An Evening with Walter Echo-Hawk

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 Friday, May 4, 2012 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR This special event is free and open to the public. Click here to reserve your free ticket today! “Indigenous rights are never freely given—they must be demanded, wrested away, then vigilantly protected. That is the…

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Jim Amburn joins Bill Ray and Rose High Bear on today’s show with a video of Terry Cross telling a traditional Bear Story.

Participate: Take the Wisdom Gardens Survey

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Are you interested in helping to shape a new garden and micro-business initiative? Contribute your voice and feedback to the development process of the Wisdom Gardens project. An initiative of Wisdom of the Elders, with the purpose of providing garden experiences, education, and micro-enterprise opportunities to the Portland area Native community. Please consider taking a few…

Northwest Indian Storytellers Association 2011-2012 Mentorship Application

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Application Guidelines The Northwest Indian Storytellers Association is offering opportunities for ten master tribal storytellers to each instruct two emerging tribal storytellers in traditional storytelling. Applicants will form teams with a master storyteller and two emerging storytellers and fulfill the mentorship over nine months, from September 2011 through May 2012.  If you are interested, please…

Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival October 13-16, 2011

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Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival hours: Thursday, Oct 13 – evening festival event at  7:00 – 9:00 PM Friday, Oct 14 – evening festival event at  7:00 – 10:00 PM Saturday, Oct 15 – evening festival event at 7:00 – 10:00 PM Sunday, Oct 16 – Emerging Storytellers Matinee – 1:00 – 3:00 PM Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop…

Discovering Our Story

Discovering Our Story shares the stories of our people. The sharing of stories is a traditional native practice, and is one that provides us with a vehicle for learning. It is our hope that by sharing the stories and accompanying lessons, we will help you to re-awaken and remember your own story. Visit Discovering Our Story.

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WISDOM Co-founder Rose High Bear during a recent Board meeting

A Gift of Heirloom Seedlings is Arriving In Oregon we say “April showers bring May showers!” I’m not trying to predict this Spring’s weather, but I do know we are excited about this month’s arrival of heirloom vegetable seedlings. These seedlings are being gifted to us by American Center for Sustainability.

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Series One Wisdom of the Elders Radio, our first series of eight one-hour radio programs from Native America, was produced in Portland, Oregon and the host is Arlie Neskahi. Each program includes the following segments: Elder Wisdom Health and Healing Tribal Rhythms                          …

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Autumn greetings, friends and relatives. It’s a beautiful day on Turtle Island. We’ve been out harvesting the blessings of the earth, remembering the importance of our close relationship with our Oldest Grandmother, the earth. She has always taken care of us, her grandchildren, providing food, clothing, shelter and the fulfillment that comes from that close…

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A Gift of Heirloom Seedlings is Arriving In Oregon we say “April showers bring May showers!” I’m not trying to predict this Spring’s weather, but I do know we are excited about this month’s arrival of heirloom vegetable seedlings. These seedlings are being gifted to us by American Center for Sustainability.

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A Gift of Heirloom Seedlings is Arriving In Oregon we say “April showers bring May showers!” I’m not trying to predict this Spring’s weather, but I do know we are excited about this month’s arrival of heirloom vegetable seedlings. These seedlings are being gifted to us by American Center for Sustainability. We are planting some…

Volunteer Appreciation

Anne Morin is WISDOM Volunteer of the Month for January 2009! We would like to express appreciation to Anne for all the media support she has stepped up to provide this past month: She developed 2 posters for the storytelling retreat and “An Afternoon of Tribal Storytelling” public event on 14 March. She refined releases…

Festival to honor Northwest Canoe Families!

Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival Friday and Saturday, November 12-13, 2010 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM Your video invitation to the festival. This year’s Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival celebrating our fifth season of tribal storytelling in the Pacific Northwest. was held November 12-13 atLewis and Clark College.…

Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop 

  Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) Advisory Council invites NISA members and potential new NISA members to this year’s Emerging Tribal Storytellers Workshop and Storytelling Festival  being held on November 12-14 in Portland at Lewis and Clark College. Tribal members from any community are encouraged to join NISA and attend the workshop which culminates in…