Discovering our story TV

Wisdom Film Productions Airing Soon

A selection of Wisdom of the Elders short films and segments from longer works will be airing on local cable access channels with assistance from our partner Open Signal.

Wisdom’s Native American produced TV series, Discovering Our Story, airs on the first Sunday of every month at 1 PM on Comcast Channel 11. Our program is re-broadcast on the Tuesday following the live studio broadcast, at 10 PM on Comcast Channel 22, and again on the Friday following the live studio broadcast, at 9 AM on Comcast Channel 23.

Wisdom of the Elders (WISDOM) created this television series in response to misrepresentation of Native Americans and our history in the media. Hollywood, including popular Disney films like Pocahontas and Peter Pan, perpetuates images of Indians as threatening aggressors, alcoholics, a dying or ‘vanishing’ culture, or as passive, wise sages. Rarely are Native people portrayed within healthy and resilient multi-generational families. This generates confusing, negative impressions in the minds of Native Americans and others.

WISDOM produces Discovering Our Story at Portland Community Media. And with funding provided by Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, as well as the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), promotes opportunities for intergenerational Native teams to train as volunteers in videography, post-production editing, and studio production. Each episode features video segments of local and regional storytellers and cultural leaders, and discussion with special guests from the Native community.

An increasing amount of media is being created by Native American Producers that accurately and authentically share tribal stories and oral histories. This helps to strengthen our identity and resiliency as Native peoples and increase pride in our rich heritage. It also offers public audiences unprecedented access and knowledge of authentic and diverse history and cultural arts, and strengthens understanding and appreciation for today’s First Peoples.

Program Host is Bill Ray (Klamath), Music Director is Nico Wind (Assiniboine), Executive Producer is Rose High Bear (Deg Hit’an Dine), and Producer and Technical Director is Daniel Dixon (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee Band Mohican).

Discovering Our Story TV production team members include: Tom Hopkins, Jim Thompson, Alva Myers, Ender Black, Brett Hagar, Willie Towner, Jefferson Greene, CarlaDean Caldera Winishut, and Ezra Whitman.

WISDOM, a Portland area 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education, and cross-cultural communications. WISDOM records and preserves oral tradition and cultural arts of exemplary indigenous elders, storytellers, cultural leaders and environmentalists, and shares their messages with Native Americans and public audiences of all cultures. Projects include Discovering Our Story, Wisdom of the Elders Radio, k12 curriculum materials, the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association (NISA) which sponsors annual storytelling festivals, and Turtle Island Storytellers Network.

Program Schedule

3/3/19- Channel 11 1pm

3/5/19- Channel 22 10pm

3/8/19- Channel 23 9am

Native Wisdom:
People of Oregon’s Interior
Sacred Landscape

Channel 22: Saturday, 11-24-2018 01:30 pm

Channel 23: Wednesday, 11-28-2018 06:30 pm

Channel 11: Thursday, 11-29-2018 07:30 pm

Channel 22: Friday, 11-30-2018 12:30 pm

Channel 23: Monday, 12-03-2018 06:30 pm

Native Wisdom- People of Oregon’s Interior- Elder Wisdom

Channel 23: Friday, 11-23-2018 04:00 pm

Channel 22: Sunday, 11-25-2018 07:30 pm

Channel 23: Tuesday, 11-27-2018 06:30 pm

Channel 22: Friday, 11-30-2018 07:30 pm

Native Wisdom- People of the Oregon Coast- Turtle Island Storytellers

Channel 23: Sunday, 11-18-2018 05:30 pm

Channel 22: Friday, 11-23-2018 09:30 pm

Channel 23: Monday, 11-26-2018 08:00 pm

Channel 22: Thursday, 11-29-2018 06:30 pm

Native Wisdom- People of the Oregon Coast- STEAM

Channel 22: Sunday, 11-18-2018 04:00 pm

Channel 23: Wednesday, 11-21-2018 09:30 pm

Channel 22: Saturday, 11-24-2018 07:30 pm

Channel 23: Monday, 11-26-2018 07:30 pm

Native Wisdom- People of the Caribou Storytelling

Channel 23: Monday, 11-19-2018 07:30 pm

Channel 11: Thursday, 11-22-2018 07:30 pm

Channel 22: Sunday, 11-25-2018 05:00 pm

Channel 23: Tuesday, 11-27-2018 07:30 pm

TEK101-Wisdom from the South Wind

Channel 22: Sunday, 11-18-2018 12:00 pm

Channel 23: Thursday, 11-22-2018 08:00 pm

Channel 22: Monday, 11-26-2018 06:30 pm

Channel 23: Friday, 11-30-2018 07:30 pm