History & ProjectsA short history & summery of Wisdom of the Elders Projects
Wisdom Workforce Development (WWD)
WWD graduates have opportunities to apply for green jobs in the local economy and/or serve on Wisdom Workforce Development LLC which was formed in 2015 to provide living wage work for Native workers. Most recently, Wisdom Agricultural Business Incubator is providing microenterprise business skills, a coop and donated land at the Wisdom Native Plant Nursery for Native people to enter horticultural and agricultural fields as business owners.
Discovering Yidong Xinag (DYX)
We created our Native Youth Leadership Initiative in 2012 and began to provide Wisdom Summer Field Science Camps for Native youth in local natural areas in partnership with environmental NGOs, public agencies and educational institutions.
An important component is our Native Youth Leadership Training we provide to older Native youth, including advanced environmental science, multimedia production, leadership and mentoring. They then gained work experience mentoring younger youth during our summer STEAM camps which helped them to pursue STEM careers.
For a decade we held annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festivals. Most recently, we began a series of Native American Storytelling and Traditional First Foods Symposium for public audiences.
We have also held our first Native Wisdom Film Festival in 2017 in partnership with Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum. Dozens of Film Screenings and Community Consultations have been held throughout the state of Oregon since 2014.