Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

Our Spring Multimedia Internship has started!

Our Spring Multimedia Internship has started with Open Signal, and is funded through MHCRC. Learn more about how you can join our next session.

Open Signal Multimedia Partner

We will be starting the Multimedia Internship this month

We are excited to start our new Spring Multimedia Internship this month with Open Signal, and funded through MHCRC

Open Signal Multimedia Partner

Our Mission

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 cultural reconciliation.

Wisdom Newsletter

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.

Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge: An Internship program

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

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Wisdom Projects, Community Action, & Events

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

Made possible with support from these generous Partners, Funders, and sponsors

The Collins Foundation
First Nations Development Institute
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
national Endowment for the Arts
East Portland Action Plan
Zenger Farm
Portland Parks & Recreation
Johnson Creek Water Shed
Open Signal
Leach Botanical Garden
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
MHCRC Community Grant
ninety-nine girlfriends
Oregon Metro
Meyer Memorial Trust
Big Green DAO
 Willamette Week Give Guide

Notes from Wisdom’s Executive Director


Hello to all of our families, friends, and partners,

Thank you all for your generous support and impactful partnerships.
Our Year-End G!G Fundraising Campaign was fantastic!
We are always humbled and delighted to see how much support and encouragement we receive from you all.

As we endeavor to make a difference in our shared communities, we certainly know we can not do this alone. There is so much good work to be done that helps lift us all up to the greatness we can be together. Helping each other is the best gift we can give and receive.

So with a heartfelt Thank You, we extend our gratitude to every one of you!

We have increased our staff to bring in even more talent and commitment to our mission and vision of sharing Indigenous thought and lifeways for Restoration and Conservation…Not only for the land and environment we share but also for the interpersonal relationships this work brings. I have to say, as a team, we are all committed to the goals set before us and support and lift each other and step in whenever and however we can.

Hand in Hand we continue to move forward to create connections and share resources that heal the land and create wonderful relationships for stronger and healthier communities.

I do want to put a call out to anyone who would be interested in joining our ITEK or Multi-Media Internships or perhaps joining our Board of Directors, who of course is foundational to our success and adds to our strengths and partnerships. They each bring talents and skills that further enhance our organization. Please contact either me for Board membership, for Media, Tim Burgess at tim@wisdomoftheelders.org, or for ITEK Internship, adreinne@wisdomoftheelders.org.

Please stay safe, and I wish you good health and happiness.

- Teresa Montana,

Executive Director