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Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. and the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association

Date: 2:30pm PST February 17, 2017 Location: 705 North Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217

705 North Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217

The Traditional First Foods Symposium is Friday afternoon 2:30 - 5:00 pm and features guest speakers discussing the impact of a changing environment on salmon, lamprey eel, camas, and other threatened or endangered traditional First Foods species. 

The evening of Native American storytelling is Friday evening at 7:00 pm when we celebrate our eleventh season of tribal storytelling. The Advisory Council members of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association will share traditional stories about traditional First Foods. Tribal storytellers and song carriers have always acknowledged the link between their stories and songs to traditional First Foods, and are increasingly communicating the critical importance of restoring Pacific Northwest ecosystems to support declining species.

Both events will integrate Native American cultural arts with traditional ecological knowledge and other STEAM* elements integral to indigenous science and raise awareness of the intersection of Native American cultural arats with subsistence practices in a changing climate. (*STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics)

These events are funded by National Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association, Portland Community Colleges Native Nations Club and Multicultural Program, and Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

Event Cost

Tickets are now available at Brown Paper Tickets. To purchase, go to No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Contact Miranda Mishan at Wisdom of the Elders ( for more information or go to the Wisdom website at We look forward to seeing you there.

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