Rose High Bear
Founder and Project Director
Rose High Bear, Deg Hit’an Dine/Inupiat, was born and raised in a remote subarctic Athabascan village of McGrath on Alaska’s Kuskoquim River. Following graduation from Oregon State University, she co-founded Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) in Portland, Oregon 1993. For 26 years, she dedicated herself as Executive Director to Wisdom’s mission while developing many programs and multimedia learning models dedicated to Native cultural sustainability, health and wellness, and habitat restoration. Rose retired in 2019 to rural Marion County where she founded Elderberry Wisdom Farm. She upholds its mission by providing an abundance of resources for Native community development in the greater Salem area and far beyond. Rose is the current Board President.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge Educator
Kali Harrison obtained her bachelor's degree in English Writing from Indiana University in the Fall of 2016. Born and raised in Indiana she grew up in the swim community where she coached and taught many swim programs in Indiana as well as in Salem, OR. Her client base ranges from infants with parents, adolescents, teens, adults, and elders of any skill level. She works closely with Native elders in the community and serves on a monthly committee to host native community building and awareness events. She is also a gifted mentor to many young Native and non-Native people in recovery. Her work has brought her to Elderberry Wisdom Farm where she serves as Corresponding Secretary.