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2014 Ninth Annual NISA Storytelling Festival & Emerging Storyteller Workshops

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

9th Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival

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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.

“Technology without a Soul” “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…

Wisdom Native Art Auction Is Open Online Wisdom supporters, check out Wisdom’s online auction of Native American art items. The auction is open online and will be finalized during our silent auction this Friday evening. If you can’t attend “An Evening with Wisdom of the Elders” you can still bid on these items online. Visit http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/wisdom-of-the-elders-inc/68058/

Internship, Week 1 Wisdom intern William Cawley (Lock Haven University) has joined Wisdom’s team for this year’s Summer Field Science Camp. He expressed his enthusiasm for his service learning internship: For my internship, I am helping peer mentors with video production and post-production for ‘Discovering Yidong Xinag’. So far, it has been an incredible experience.…

Wisdom of the Elders Radio For those anxiously awaiting the fourth series of Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program featuring indigenous perspective on environmental and climate issues from Alaska and the Northwest, intern Rick Keffer (Apache) provides a past radio segment you might enjoy from the collection of three series that Wisdom has produced since…

An Evening with Wisdom of the Elders Providence Health & Services Presents: The Third Annual An Evening with Wisdom of the Elders Includes a salmon dinner, cultural arts presentations, and silent auction Friday, June 20, 2014

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…

The Wisdom Project Peer Mentor Program

Fill out an application          Email Amanda Wisdom of the Elders is recruiting 2 – 4 Native American youth to serve as mentors for The Wisdom Project. This Native American youth leadership initiative is designed to engage Native youth in environmental and climate studies through service learning so they can learn about their…

2013 Wisdom’s Year in Review

- from the Desk of Rose High Bear Dear friends and relatives, 2013 brought more blessings to Wisdom, plus a few challenges that helped to make us stronger: Wisdom received its first grant to produce video from National Endowment for the Arts that features Alaska Native response to environmental and climate issues along with oral…

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…

Volunteer at Wisdom Gardens in March & April

  We will be hosting volunteer work parties during March and April. Activities will include transplanting heirloom tomato seedlings, labeling plants, mixing potting soil, cleaning pots, watering, and organizing our greenhouse walls and shelves. Work parties will be held Monday afternoons from 2-5 pm. All levels of gardening experience are welcome. Contact rell.wisdom@gmail.com to sign up and for…

Community Garden Workday March 23, 2013

Wisdom Gardens has a garden plot at the nearby Earl Broyles Community Garden (SE 110th Ave & Francis). We’re saving this plot for families in the nearby Native American apartment complex that is just opening. We would love to have your help in preparing the plot for this year’s growing season! The work party is…

Farmers Market Volunteer Opportunities for Summer 2013

Wisdom Gardens will be selling heirloom tomato starts this summer at Portland Area Farmers Markets. Volunteers will be needed to staff the booths, assist with transportation, setup and teardown, and create signage and brochures. Email rell.wisdom@gmail.com if you are interested in helping us out this summer. A volunteer meeting and orientation will be held in…

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…

Wisdom Gardens in the News

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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,…

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

Become a Friend of Wisdom of the Elders

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…

Wisdom Newsletter: December 2012

  Wisdom Gardens is the most cost effective of five projects completed in 2012.   A $1,490 grant from the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District funded purchase of local Native species for our ethnobotanical and berry plantings. We tested, prepared, and supplemented the soil with good nutrients from Concentrates. We then grew several Three Sisters gardens using heirloom seedlings of…

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.

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…