Wisdom and Understanding

Wisdom of the Elders, a Portland-based non-profit organization, records and preserves traditional cultural values, oral histories and other messages of guidance in hopes of regenerating the greatness of culture among current and future generations of native peoples.


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Founded in 1993 by Rose High Bear and her late husband, Martin, Wisdom of the Elders also works to empower reconciliation between Indian and non-Indian. Listen to our entire audio interview with Wisdom of the Elders’ Executive Director Rose High Bear.


The Ninth Annual Northwest Indian Storytelling Festival – one of Wisdom’s signature events – takes place from October 8-12, 2014 at various locations in the Portland Metro area. A full schedule is available by clicking HERE.


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Perspective from Wisdom of the Elders is also available on audio and video. Wisdom of the Elders Radio, a series of hour-long programs, features oral histories, environmental science, storytelling and music. Listen HERE.

Native American-produced TV Series Discovering Our Story, airs on the first Sunday of every month at 1:00 p.m. on Comcast, Channel 11. Watch HERE.


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