Sunrise Drum Consultation
Paul René and Andrea have combined graduate degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics, Social Work and Education. Their doctorates and international professional experience enable them to specialize in providing assistance with Indigenous centric social service and education programs in both Canada and the United States. They offer consultation on the Indian Child Welfare Act in the USA and, for Canadian programs, content that is inclusive and / or focused on First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues in Child Welfare, Health Care and Education. They also have experience in assisting with developing university and college curricula for human service, social work, language, and culture programs. This includes assistance with the integration of Indigenous perspectives and content into programing or curricula. Consultation work with communities, organizations and schools, is centered on building from strengths found in First Nation/ Indigenous culture and values. There are many strengths that can inform and assist in building or redesigning programs, social policies, healing/ medical/ social agencies, education systems and development plans. Drs. Andrea and Paul René Tamburro use an empowerment / community involvement approach as part of their consultation strategy.
Paul René’s Background and Education for Consultation
Paul René Tamburro, PhD, MSW, MA
The name “Sunrise Drum” combines the Wôbenaki (‘People of the ‘Dawn’ or ‘Sunrise’) with Paul René’s last name <Tamburro> meaning “drum”. His Abenaki name translated to him by Cécile Wawanolet also contains the word ‘drum’: Môjassadop Spiwi Pakholigan – “Began with a Drum”. This name, given to him during his adolescent years while a participant in the East Coast “Powwow circuit” reflects the large amount of time spent sitting at the drum learning Northern, Southern and Eastern song traditions.
Andrea’s Background and Education for Consultation
Andrea Tamburro, EdD, MSW
Andrea lived most of her life in the Midwestern USA and has ancestors from the original peoples (First Nations) of the Ohio Valley region. Her family passed on culture to her through family ways and values. She also lived and worked at Thompson Rives University in Kamloops, BC Canada is a citizen of both the USA and Canada.
Social Work & Indian Child Welfare
Paul René and Andrea have provide consultation on the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) in both the 1990s and 2000s. Some referrals have been through the National Indian Child Welfare Association based in Portland Oregon.
Education Curriculum Development
The development of curricula for universities, colleges and grade schools. Both Paul René and Andrea have developed curricula for distance education and face to face courses.
Genealogy: Assistance with Eastern Native American Genealogical Research.
Genealogy for people with federal government recognition (USA) or status (Canada) have available to them extensive documentation from government sources that was required for their CDIB or Status numbers.
Cultural and Language Program Assistance
For Indigenous communities and organizations in both Canada and the USA. Paul René developed culturally-based higher education program for reservation communities integrating multiple topics including language and cultural continuation.