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Directed by Lawrence Johnson, Tim Keenan Burgess

United States, Oregon 2019 240 mins. In English

Presented in conjunction with Portland-based non-profit Wisdom of the Elders, this short series explores how climate change is affecting native First Foods and culture in Oregon while celebrating the Native artists, scientists, and cultural leaders that are guiding people into a new era. The four-hour program includes two feature documentary films and an intermission of native musicians.

The first film, Native Wisdom: The People of Oregon’s Interior is an in-depth look at the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Grand Ronde: their changing environments, habitat restoration activities, and the beauty of the tribes’ traditional arts, music, and storytelling.

The second film, Native Wisdom: The People of Oregon’s Coast features tribal elders, indigenous scientists, and cultural leaders from the Oregon Coast, including the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and the Coquille Indian Tribe, as they share observations on climate change’s effects on traditional First Foods, and the importance of their cultural traditions such as music, basket weaving, and wood carving.

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.