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 cultural 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.

Wisdom Events

Medicine Gathering at Oxbow Park 2022

Friends and family, please join Wisdom and the Pacific North West Water Protectors for the 5th Annual Medicine Gathering: Aug 26th-28th 2022 at Oxbow Park. Healing the sacred water of the North West. There will be a traditional Pow Wow Saturday and guest speakers....

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Wisdom Newsletter

Latest News From Summer 2022

Greetings, We hope this finds you all well and enjoying your summer. This has been a very busy season for us as we are reassessing and deepening our Workforce Internship programs and building more collaborative partnerships. First and foremost, we would like to extend...

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Spring Update | Expanding Partnerships & More

Greetings to all of you~ First, we at Wisdom are so delighted and continuously inspired by all of the ongoing support you all are showing us and the work that we do in our shared communities. Your weekly and monthly donations are helping to sustain our work in the...

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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.

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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

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

Notes from Wisdom’s Executive Director

New Years Greetings

First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude to all of you who made such generous donations to Wisdom of the Elders through our Give! Guild campaign and to those who made private donations. What a turnout!

We cannot continue the work for our communities without your generous support and continued partnerships and helping with the collaborative work we share throughout our communities. We have been able to move forward with our Strategic Plans for building into the future a stronger stance and broader outreach into our communities and helping to restore and rebuild our Traditional Ecological internships and move forward with making new films and increasing our curriculum to include more STEM/STEAM elements and partnerships.

I hope each of you is keeping well and safe and I wish you all a prosperous New Year.

With our deepest gratitude, we thank you to each and every one!

- Teresa Montana,

Executive Director