Working with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions, we record and preserve oral tradition and cultural arts of exemplary indigenous elders, historians, storytellers and song carriers in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among native peoples and future generations. We share these teachings with all generations of Native Americans and public audiences of all cultures via Wisdom of the Elders Radio Program, educational curriculum materials, the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and its annual storytelling festivals, Turtle Island Storytellers Network, cultural celebrations, and other educational venues.
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (WISDOM) is collaborating with a team of eight Portland area partners that serve Native Americans to develop multi-media curriculum for Portland-area Native American therapists and clients. Discovering Our Story has been developed to resolve five outcomes, one of which increases the skills of therapists serving Native American clients; with four other outcomes resolving mental health, addictions, domestic violence prevention and diabetes issues which recent research indicates frequently co-occur within our community.
WISDOM provides culturally-appropriate multimedia curricula so our partners’ clients can improve and maintain their mental health, overcome cycles of addiction and domestic violence within their families, and accomplish Type 2 Diabetes lifestyle and diet programs. Project evaluation and survey development has been developed by Se-ah-dom Edmo with Lewis and Clark College’s Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK) Program staff. Discovering Our Story for Schools Curriculum is being developed by Project Coordinator Candice Brings Plenty-Wright. Other partners include Native American Rehabilitation Association, the Cowlitz Tribal Health Clinic, Northwest Indian Storytellers Association, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland State University Native American Studies Program, Portland Community Media TV, and Roger Burt, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant.