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Native Wisdom: The People of Oregon’s Interior

Featuring several of Oregon’s interior tribes, including the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Reservation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, indigenous scientists and elders share observations of their changing environment, natural resource issues, and the beauty of tribes’ traditional arts, music, and storytelling.

Short: Roots of Tradition, Meadow Wheaton (5 mins.)

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Lawrence Johnson

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Cube Variations

Repetition and unfulfilled anticipation fuel this abstract experiment with animated objects.

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Baling Baling

In rice fields of the Indonesian island of Bali, farmers keep the birds away with rhythmic noisemakers, plastic bags, and scarecrows.

Native Wisdom Films

Wisdom of the Elders, a Portland cultural organization, records and preserves the history and arts — music, dance, storytelling and traditional arts — of exemplary Native Americans and shares them through a variety of multimedia productions and public events throughout the region. We are pleased to co-present with Wisdom of the Elders a special Native

Native Wisdom: The People of the Oregon Coast

Native American elders, indigenous scientists, and cultural leaders from the Pacific Coast–including the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and The Coquille Indian Tribe–share observations about emerging environmental issues. Short: Chuush, Tiyana Casey (4 mins.)

Alaskan Native Wisdom: The People of the Caribou

Athabascans have inhabited Alaska for over 14,500 years. Also known as the Caribou People, there are 12 distinct linguistic groups that share language, a rich sub-arctic environment, and dynamic cultural arts including the Minto Singers and Dancers and the Alaskan Athabascan Fiddlers. Short: The Salmon People, Devin Bruno (6 mins.)