Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

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About Wisdom Of The Elders

Wisdom records, preserves, and shares oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary Native American elders, storytellers, and scientists in collaboration with diverse institutions, agencies and organizations. Our vision: Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation.

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) was founded in 1993 by the late Martin High Bear, Lakota medicine man and spiritual leader, and Rose High Bear, Deg Hitan Dine (or Alaskan Athabascan) and Inupiat.

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Native Wisdom Documentary Film Update

Wisdom’s multimedia team is continuing its work on an educational film shared with the forestry service, and also filming a program that features a variety of Grandmothers stories.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An Internship program

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. is pleased to announce the (TEK Program) Traditional  Ecological Knowledge. This program is designed for interns and focuses on traditional ecological knowledge passed down from generations.

Featured Wisdom Projects & Community Action

Read more about what Wisdom of the Elders is doing in the community.

Made possible with support from these generous Partners and sponsors

First Nations Development Institute
Ecotrust
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
national Endowment for the Arts
East Portland Action Plan
Zenger Farm

Notes from Wisdom’s Executive Director

Hello everyone,

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful fall season colors! This is certainly my favorite time of year. For one, I get excited to bake and get ready for the holidays.

Perhaps you have seen the wonderful award our LLC Restoration and Conservation Crew have won this year: Bill Naito Community Trees Award for Outstanding Community Service. We are so happy to have this designation and thank the City and Portland Parks & Recreation for the acknowledgement. Thank you.

We are just so grateful for our LCC Crew and all the hard work and dedication they put forth every day!

I would also like to say that we have made some wonderful strides this year. It is because of all of you who engage with us and support our mission.

- Teresa Montana,

Executive Director