Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc

In the spirit of giving

December is a time for the spirit of giving. Become a friend of Wisdom and support our Willamette Weekly Give Guide campaign.

Give Guide 2021

In the Spirit of Giving

December is a time for the spirit of giving. Become a friend of Wisdom and support our Willamette Weekly Give Guide campaign.

Give Guide 2021

Keep up to date with Wisdom of the Elders

Your Voice Matters – Native Vote – Announcement Repost

Your Voice Matters – Native Vote – Announcement Repost

Oregon Voter Information The deadline to register to vote for Oregon's Primary election is tomorrow, April 26 at 11:59 PM. If you have not yet registered to vote for the upcoming election on May 17th,  or would like to make changes to your registration we are here to...

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Native Nonprofit Days giving campaign through May 20th.

Native Nonprofit Days giving campaign through May 20th.

Repost from Jim White NAO Executive Director  Native Nonprofit Day On May 20, the Native Ways Federation (NWF) is launching its first Native Nonprofit Day – a giving initiative aimed at increasing support for Native-led organizations nationwide. This annual giving...

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Farm Educator Open Positions at Sauvie Island Center

Farm Educator Open Positions at Sauvie Island Center

Are you interested in farming? Passionate about caring for our natural world? Would you enjoy working outdoors with children? If so, apply to spend the summer (or longer) with us. We have several open positions and are eager to welcome you to the team. You'll spend...

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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

Meet and Greet with Vision Maker Media

Some of our Wisdom team members attended the Vision Maker Media meet and greet on Friday, May 6th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Portland City Grill. Vision Maker Media is based in Nebraska and was here in the PNW for a week for meetings, networking, and strategic...

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Wisdom Newsletter

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
Leach Botanical Garden

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