Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

Thank you for your Give!Guide end of Year Donations!

Thank you for Supporting an Indigenous-led organization.

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Thank you for your Give!Guide end of Year Donations!

Thank you for Supporting an Indigenous-led organization.

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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
Ecotrust
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
national Endowment for the Arts
East Portland Action Plan
Zenger Farm
Portland Parks & Recreation
sauvi-island-center
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 and season greetings,

I want to take this time to thank all of our partners, supporters, and funders for a very successful and engaging year. Graduates for our Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK) Internships have joined our Wisdom Workforce Development, LLC Crew or have found positions working with our partners while some have moved on to increase their opportunities in the field by furthering their schooling.

To all of you, thank you for walking with us in our important work, we wish you continued success! If you are interested in joining one of our twice-yearly ITEK Internships be sure to get in touch to register for either the Spring or Fall sessions. In addition, please note we will also be offering internships for our Multi-Media Program that in the Spring. If you or anyone you know are interested in learning
aspects of film production, please get in touch with us.

As we continue to increase our partnership with Open Signal, we will be creating new films, documentaries, and footage from our Environmental Restoration and Conservation team’s fieldwork. In the meantime, you can view some already produced and shown on OPB. This year we have received a great deal of support from our community members and our funders. For this, we are always delighted and full of gratitude as each one of you has contributed to our success. From our team to you, we wish you each a pleased and prosperous New Year.

- Teresa Montana,

Executive Director