Bear Greeting

Two short films on environmental and climate issues from the perspective of Alaskan Native elders and leaders will offer our community an opportunity to learn more about Alaska Native response to climate issues. You can learn at a deeper level the importance of preserving Native Alaskan communities’ unique earth-based cultures which are increasingly facing unprecedented sustainability challenges. Inupiaq and Alaskan Dine (Athabascan) elders and community leaders discuss environmental and climate issues and also share Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) by integrating oral history, cultural arts (traditional arts, music and storytelling), linguistics, and environmental observations.

Tuesday, April 8 6:00-8:00 pm 
Native American Youth and Family Center 
5135 NE Columbia Boulevard (map)
Wednesday, April 9 5:30-7:30 pm  
Midland Library
805 SE 122nd Avenue (map)
Thursday, April 10 11:00 am-2:00 pm
PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts Auditorium
705 N Killingworth Street (map)
Sunday, April 13 4:30-6:15 pm
Laurelhurst Theater  
2735 E Burnside Street (map)
Thursday, April 17 3:00-5:00 pm
PCC Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Avenue, Room ST-107 (map)

A dialogue with local leaders following the films will include audience questions and feedback, giving the community a voice in important local climate issues we will be addressing in future years. These films have been produced by the Native American non-profit, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., as part of The Wisdom Project, with funding from National Endowment for the Arts.

The Wisdom Project Film Screenings/Community Consultations are sponsored by Multnomah County Office of Sustainability, Multnomah County Health Department, Multnomah County Library, Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, Portland Community College’s Sylvania Multicultural Center, Native Nations at Portland Community College Cascade Campus, Laurelhurst Theatre and Pub, and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.