This past spring, Wisdom’s Rose High Bear joined Mrs. Elizabeth Sigman in the classroom at Chemawa Indian School in Salem. They worked together to co-teach ecology to the Native American high school students, focusing upon the importance of restoring traditional First Foods, especially threatened and endangered species. Rose shared traditional stories, film clips from the Native Wisdom Documentary Film series and colorful PowerPoint presentations.

Mrs. Sigman joined Rose at the Oregon Indian Education Association Convention at Oregon State University on May 2. They presented a professional development workshop on the use of Wisdom’s Discovering Yidong Xinag* environmental science curriculum in Oregon’s classrooms. (*means “Discovering the Old Wisdom”)

Wisdom’s multimedia team, Tim Burgess and Kunu Bearchum also worked with Mrs. Sigman in the Senior AVID class to produce a short film featuring the seniors, their heroes and the legacy they are leaving at Chemawa. It was shown to the entire student body at the school’s last Monday Student Assembly.