Martin High Bear Biography
"The biography of the late Lakota medicine man and spiritual leader Martin High Bear, titled The Seven Commandments of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Maiden: Martin High Bear (1919-1995)"
This project came from a vision to Elderberry Farm’s founder, Rose High Bear in 1988 and has been a primary commitment since 1996. This biography shares the rich traditional cultural values of Lakota peoples which needed to be restored among Lakota people after generations of hardship and decline. The teachings were given to Martin in a vision in the 1970’s. He traveled for 25 years sharing them with his peoples as they restored their cultural identity and self esteem. He also shared these teachings with everyone he met in order to strengthen race reconciliation efforts and bring healing between Indian and non-Indian. This healing continues to this day between his people and all colors of mankind.
Culturally-tailored Multimedia Curriculum for Native American students
Strengthening Native American student success
This partnership with local Native American educators will provide student and family enrichment activities in local ecosystems and in family and community settings. Elderberry Wisdom Farm’s academic and experiential learning model is designed to strengthen educational engagement and academic achievement which leads to career success and prosperity for Native families.
Native American Multimedia Production
Training a new generation of emerging Native American filmmakers
Elderberry Wisdom Farm will work with emerging Native filmmakers to record, preserve and share messages of wisdom and guidance from their elders. This especially includes the Traditional Ecological Knowledge and rich cultural arts of gifted Native American elders, cultural leaders and scientists. Rich cultural traditions including storytelling, music, carving, tool making, beadwork and many other forms of cultural arts will be included in the next decade of cultural preservation work.
Strengthening Native American Resiliency
Developing culturally-responsive multimedia curriculum designed to strengthen Native students’ social and emotional learning.
Elderberry Wisdom Farm will evolve their Native American health and wellness learning model which is designed to increase Native American student success by helping Native students strengthen resiliency, including cultural identity, self-esteem and sense of belongingness. These culturally-tailored multimedia lesson plans will be integrated with fun experiential service learning activities that incorporates Native leadership and mentoring training.
Native American Workforce Development
Training Native American students and other students of color in agricultural and horticultural career pathway planning and microenterprise development.
This social and economic development project provides culturally-tailored multimedia curriculum for Native adults pursuing agricultural and horticultural careers. This proposed partnership with Chemeketa Community College will provide students with academic horticultural and agricultural coursework. In addition, Elderberry Wisdom Farm educators will provide Traditional Ecological Knowledge classes, leadership and mentoring training, plus experiential learning activities at its Native Plant Nursery where the native elderberry farm is located.
Native American Microenterprise Development
Training Native American adults in agricultural and horticultural microenterprise development.
This social and economic development project provides microenterprise training for Native adults pursuing agricultural and horticultural microenterprise business ownership.
Interns will develop their own business and marketing plans and also have opportunities to complete academic coursework at Chemeketa Community College. Elderberry Wisdom Farm educators will provide Traditional Ecological Knowledge classes and experiential learning activities at its Native Plant Nursery where the native elderberry farm is located. This project will eventually create an intentional Native community on an 11-acre organic farm being planned in rural Marion County.