What we do

Academic Programs, Science and Research

Indigenous Science is a way of perceiving the world that is holistic, participatory, and in balance with the Earth's life support systems. WISN indigenous science research seeks to restore traditional knowledge to the forefront of dialogue on the world’s most pressing ecological issues.

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Community Empowerment

WISN is an indigenous created and directed organization that has established itself in the international arena. We have organized, supported and publicized the work of Sacred Site Guardians, Healers and Elder specialists in other bodies of Indigenous Wisdom.

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Elder Networking

Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous community leaders are under great external environmental, political and religious pressures. Networking helps them find each other, keep in contact, and create a collective voice with others facing similar challenges. "...We will unite our spiritual power, our inner power, and find the ceremonies to heal the earth."

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Sacred Species Conservation

Keystone species such as white lions, snow leopards, and jaguars are sacred to indigenous peoples. They present a body of knowledge and ways leading to a dynamic relationship with life. WISN brings forth the voices of these sacred species to influence sustainable conservation policy and practices.

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Our Team

Apela ColoradoFounder and President
Beth DuncanChief Executive Director
Chyna ColoradoExecutive Director
Kit CooleyWordsmith and Archivist
Jurgen KremerConsultant for Psychology of Indigenous Mind
Alejandra Hernandez StockderProject Development
Nargiza RyskulovaJournalist, Kyrgyz, Russian, English Interpreter
Venus HerbitoDocumentary Film Producer and Editor
Maryka PaquetteSpecial Projects Manager
Matthew TuckerSound Engineer
Samantha CarderAdministrative Assistant

Our partners and collaborators