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Enhance your knowledge at the Center for World Indigenous Studies.

Engage in studies that are important to your personal and professional life.

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Enhance your Knowledge

Farrah Garan, MA

CWIS Certificate in Fourth World Studies with a focus on Consciousness Studies.
“My studies at CWIS enabled me to explore my deep, burning questions. I was given just the right balance of direction and guidance, while still having ample space to follow my heart I am very grateful for CWIS and for Dr. Ryser who guided me with gentleness, while channeling my passion and exploration into something that was both academic and heart-felt.”

Sandi Loytomaki, B.S.

CWIS Certificate in Fourth World Studies with a focus on Traditional Medicine
"The CWIS certificate program prepared me for excellence in clinical service. Since graduating  I have been able to apply Traditional Medicine principles in modern life both personally and professionally.  A unique side benefit was the  I was ability to survive fully recovery from a  'terminal' illness."

Elise Krohn, M.Ed.

"The CWIS Certificate Program provided me with a knowledge-base to build a unique career in ethnobiology and ethnonutrition. I am grateful to my mentors at CWIS who helped me to build skills to work cross-culturally, to listen to community needs and to develop relevant resources. I not only received an education, but I explored how I learn best and how to empower others to engage in their own learning as well.."

Amy Dejarlais, B.A., MA

CWIS Certificate in Fourth World Studies with a focus on Consciousness Studies.
“I am profoundly grateful for the CWIS Certificate program. My Indigenous thoughts, ideals, and consciousness were valued and affirmed...vitally important to my well being and confidence participating in academia. Chi miigwetch to my mentor, and to everyone involved in the program.”

Katharine G. Rosenmeyer, B.A

“By participating in the CWIS certificate program, I received PhD level insight into indigenous governance issues working directly with Dr. Ryser. I now have a depth of knowledge and context for decision making that I use working for my Tribe. I can contribute to the future of my tribe in practical ways that measurably contribute to Nation-building and strengthening of our Sovereignty.”

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Duration: 3 hour 25 min.

Native Roots Greener Futures

Walking The Kálhaculture Way

This course explores indigenous knowledge systems, the benefits of wild plants for health and medicine, and the negative effects of climate change on wild plants and Indigenous Peoples who rely on them. It also provides specific steps about how to become an activist scholar and a community change maker, in order to apply and share the principles of Indigenous ways of knowing with the purpose of protecting and nourishing the environment.

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Duration: 3 hour 25 min.

Raíces Nativas Futuro Sustentable

Siguiendo la vereda de la Kálhacultura

Este curso explora los sistemas indígenas de saberes, los beneficios de las plantas silvestres para la salud y como medicina, así como los efectos negativos del cambio climático en las plantas y los pueblos indígenas que dependen de ellas. También proporciona una guía sobre cómo convertirte en un activista académico y un agente de cambio en tu comunidad, con el fin de aplicar y compartir los principios de las formas indígenas de saberes para proteger el medio ambiente.

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Duration: 5 hrs.

Exploring Intelligence from an Indigenous Perspective

This course will take you on a journey that begins with ancient beliefs and travels through historical perceptions to our current understanding of intelligence from the lens of indigenous peoples. Together, we visit several indigenous cultures around the globe, exploring histories and lifestyles, and immersing ourselves into how indigenous peoples define and perceive intelligence.

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Duration: 59 min.

Environmental Justice in Indian Country

Understanding What Environmental Justice is and How it Functions in Indian Country

This course will outline the basic framework of what environmental justice (and injustice) is for Native nations in the U.S. With the story of Standing Rock and the #NoDapl movement as a foundational example.

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Duration: 25 hour.

Nutrition and Integrative Medicine for Diabetes, Cognitive Decline, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Certification and CE's for Health Professionals

A comprehensive, practical, clinical applications certification training course on the prevention and treatment of the physical, mental and emotional aspects of diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Explore the integration of nutritional, herbal and functional medicine, naturopathy and psychology with conventional biomedical science.

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Duration: 18 hour.

Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

Certification and CE's for Health Professionals

This certification training is a comprehensive roadmap to applying integrative medicine and nutritional therapies for mental health to prevent and treat depression, anxiety trauma, ADHD, addictions, insomnia and more.

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Duration: 53 min.

Native Women’s Activism

Lessons for the Next Generation of Native Leaders and Activists

This course recounts the history of Native women’s activism, examining ways that Native women changed the course of Indian country toward greater self-determination and female empowerment in Native communities.

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Duration: 1 hour 15 min.

Integrative Medicine & Nutrition for Mood & Cognitive Enhancement

Learn state-of-the-art interventions of nutrition and herbal medicine to address mood and cognitive health in your clients/patients.

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Duration: 30 min.

The Brainbow Blueprint™ for Mental Health

Enjoy this introductory module designed for anyone to learn about how to improve mood, mental, emotional and physical well-being with food.

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Duration: 1 hour 25 min.

Create a Successful TeleHealth Practice for Nutrition & Integrative Medicine

Explore the basics of how to develop a successful practice applying integrative medicine and nutrition using telehealth technologies.

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Duration: 2 hour 49 min.

Strength through Knowledge

A Bundle for the Avid Activist

We have bundled together three courses with a special price, including the newest: “Native Women’s Activism”, “Environmental Justice in Indian Country” both from Dina Gilio-Whitaker; and “Essentials of Mental Health Nutrition” from Dr. Leslie Korn.

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Duration: 30 min.

Preventing and Treating Diabetes Type 2, Naturally

Reverse or improve diabetes by using natural medicines including foods, herbs and self-care methods that improve your quality of life, reduce pain, increase energy and alleviate depression.

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Duration: 30 min.

Prevenir y Tratar la Diabetes Tipo 2, Naturalmente

Restaura hábitos de vida naturales, prácticas alimenticias y de autocuidado para mejorar tu vida, disminuir tu consumo de medicamentos y revertir o controlar la diabetes.

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Duration: 1 hour.

Nutritional & Integrative Tips During COVID-19

10+ keys to prevent COVID-19 and enhance the capacity of body and mind to respond effectively to stress using herbs, diet, nutrition and bodywork.

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Duration: 60 min.

Oolichan Oil: The Elixir of The Sea

Discover the role of this mighty little fish that heals and nourishes indigenous peoples

Join Dr. Rudolph Ryser, as he takes you on a journey of discovery of the mighty little fish, the Oolichan, also known as smelt. The Oolichan has been a mainstay of traditional food medicine, nutrition and cultural practices of the indigenous peoples of Pacific Northwest communities reaching as far north as Alaska.

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Duration: 26 min.

Introduction to Herbal Medicine

The fundamentals of Western Herbalism

This course introduces some of the fundamentals of Western Herbalism. We explore a variety of cultures that have contributed to the canon of western herbalism and then explore a framework for beginning the practice of herbalism for self care.

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Duration: 57 min.

Essentials of Mental Health Nutrition

Effective Strategies to balance mood and enhance cognitive function.

The course reviews the revolution in mental health treatment that recognizes the specific role of diet and nutrition in mental health.

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