Become a Friend of Wisdom

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Wisdom of the Elders connects 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.

As a Friend of Wisdom, your gift supports The Wisdom Project, our Native youth leadership initiative; Discovering Our Story Program, our health and wellness initiative for Native communities; and Northwest Indian Storytellers Association’s annual tribal storytelling festival and apprenticeship program. Your one-time or recurring donation helps us continue our work of Native American cultural preservation, multimedia education and race reconciliation.

New Friends are invited to be our guest at the Peter Yarrow Benefit Concert on Feb. 14, 2014, or, for those unable to attend, accept our gift of a special new video production featuring Alaskan Native culture and rich perspective on environmental and climate issues.


Kind words from our Friends:

“I am so pleased and fortunate to be here, working and sharing with Wisdom of the Elders organization more than anything I want to learn, I want to hear the stories of the Elders.

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.’

                                                                                    ~ Teresa Florendo

“Wisdom of the Elders is important to be able to connect as a whole. Not only are you connecting with your own roots, you are helping each other in a spiritual way by sharing your own experiences. People say, “I want to help change the world/community” well, this is what Wisdom of the Elders is about. To create that change, that big motion, that everyone is craving for, that everyone wants to be a part of. But they just need a little push. Well, this is the push! It is being created not only for your soul, but for your mind and your heart, to be able to connect as one.”

                                                                                    ~ Jacquelyn Nielsen

“Wisdom of the Elders has been an exemplary organization for the Native community. It is such a vital piece to our culture. It is through preservation of our elders’ stories and experience that keep us alive, as well as teaching us vital lessons that can help us persevere in our own lives and give us an understanding of who we are as human beings.

I’m so appreciative for the people who serve on behalf of the organization. Their dedication and belief in the program is a testimony of how important it is to hear our elders and record their wisdom and experience. It is through their experience that gives hope and faith in our Creator.

Wisdom of the Elders has helped generations come together!”

Rochelle Nielsen

Please make your gift to Wisdom of the Elders today.

Your contributions are 100% tax-deductible (Tax ID# 93-1164114).