Discovering Our Story Television

Discovering Our Story Television

Wisdom of the Elders PRO

Wisdom of the Elders (WISDOM) created Discovering Our Story TV (DOStv) in response to misrepresentation of Native Americans and our history in the media. Hollywood, including popular Disney films like Pocahontas and Peter Pan, perpetuates images of Indians…


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Wisdom of the Elders (WISDOM) created Discovering Our Story TV (DOStv) in response to misrepresentation of Native Americans and our history in the media. Hollywood, including popular Disney films like Pocahontas and Peter Pan, perpetuates images of Indians as threatening aggressors, alcoholic, a dying or ‘vanishing’ culture, or as passive, wise sages. Rarely are Native people portrayed within healthy and resilient multi-generational families. This generates confusing, negative impressions in the minds of Native Americans and others.

WISDOM produces Discovering Our Story at Portland Community Media. With funding provided by Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), WISDOM promotes opportunities for intergenerational teams to train as volunteers 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.

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 and knowledge of authentic and diverse history and cultural arts, and strengthens understanding and appreciation for today’s First Peoples.

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