Discovering Our Story

Career Pathways

In 2012, Wisdom of the Elders produced 13 sets of Discovering Our Story career pathway planning curriculum featuring Native American community leaders who have made significant career accomplishments. Each set includes video productions and lesson plans based on the Hero’s Journey story model to provide youth and adult continuing education students with opportunities to strengthen in prosperity through developing meaningful educational and career pathway plans.

Wisdom has been researching culturally appropriate educational models for our Native community since 2005. The model we developed for Discovering Our Story has recently been accepted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a promising best practices model for addictions prevention for Native communities nationwide.



Part One

Lessons: Part One

Lesson 1: The Hero’s Journey

Lesson 2: Resilience

Lesson 3: Self-Identity

Lesson 4: Affirmations

Lesson 5: Staying on Your Path


Part Two

Lessons: Part Two

Lesson 1: The Hero’s Journey

Lesson 2: Resilience

Lesson 3: Self-Identity

Lesson 4: Affirmations

Lesson 5: Staying on Your Path

Frank Alby
Bureau of Indian Affairs and Veteran


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(Seminole Nation of Oklahoma)
Professional Engineer and Certified Water Rights Examiner


Marilyn Balluta
(Na'Dene Athabascan)
Indigenous Language Preservation


Kevin Goodluck, M.D.
Doctor of Internal Medicine


David Gene Lewis, Ph.D.
(Santiam Kalapuya/Chinook/Takelma)
Tribal Museum Curator/ Cultural Liaison at
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde


Johnny Moses


Don Motanic
Technical Specialist (Forester)
Intertribal Timber Council


Cornel Pewewardy, Ph.D.
Professor of Native American Studies at
Portland State University


Judy Bluehorse Skelton, MA
(Nez Perce/Cherokee)
Herbalist and Educator,
University Studies and School of Education at
Portland State University


Ben Rhodd


John Spence, Ph.D.
(Gros Ventre; Sioux)
Mental Health and Addictions Therapist


Karina Walters, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research,
School of Social Work at University of Washington;
Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI)


Toby Tafoya Joseph
(Apache, Navajo, Seneca, Ute)
Storyteller, Videographer and Producer