June 2013 Episode of Discovering Our Story Television featuring guests Larry Pressnall and Cynthia Prater.
Chehalis Tribal member & Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Larry Pressnall, CADC I, has contracted with OSH for the past two years after retiring from the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA). As a Vietnam Veteran with 27 years clean and sober, Larry utilizes culture as both a prevention and a cure to improve social, mental and emotional difficulties of OSH Native American residents.
Cherokee Nation Citizen, Dr. Cynthia Prater, has coordinated Native American Services for the past two years of her 23 years working at Oregon State Hospital. In 2012, she completed her doctoral dissertation, interviewing Native American patients at OSH about their experience at OSH. In addition, she has further psychological training while working at the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA), University of Idaho Counseling Center and with Washington State University's Native American Graduate students.
Wisdom of the Elders (WISDOM) created this series in response to misrepresentation of Native Americans and our history in mainstream media. Rarely have Native people been portrayed within healthy and resilient multi-generational families. However an increasing amount of media is being created by Native American Producers that accurately and authentically share tribal stories and oral histories. This helps to strengthen our identity and resiliency as Native peoples and increase pride in our rich heritage. It also offers public audiences unprecedented access to and knowledge of our authentic and diverse history and cultural arts, and strengthens understanding and appreciation for today’s First Peoples.
WISDOM produces Discovering Our Story at Portland Community Media with funding provided by Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, as well as the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), and promotes opportunities for intergenerational Native teams to train in videography, post-production editing, and studio production. Each episode features video segments of local and regional storytellers and cultural leaders, and discussion with special guests from the Native community.