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The Sacred Fire Foundation Inc

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P.O. Box 11014 Marina del Rey CA 90295 USA

Mission:

The Sacred Fire Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the perspective and benefits of ancient wisdom from around the world. Through our successful educational initiatives and grant programs, we support the source of this traditional knowledge and make it accessible to everyone. In turn, we have garnered the respect and support of elders of many traditions and the broader modern culture we live in. This has been made possible by the generosity of our donors and thousands of hours of volunteer effort.

Results:

 $30,000 awarded for the Huichol people so they could continue their pilgrimages to honor their most sacred site, Wirikuta, birthplace of the gods.  $11,400 awarded to the American Indian Institute in support of their program Wiping of the Tears, providing healing to Indigenous peoples who gathered at the headwaters of the Mississippi. These ceremonies were held to bring healing for the historical grief and trauma resulting from the atrocities committed during colonization.  $2,500 awarded in support of preserving the Cherokee language, and therefore their sacred tradition.  $10,000 awarded to Dr. Vandana Shiva's Navdanya project to preserve the traditions and sacredness of seed in the Western Himalayas of India. Seed sovereignty is currently being jeopardized by globalization and GMOs and this project provides for elders to directly pass on their ancient teachings to the younger women who carry this role and help preserve their traditional knowledge and food supply.  $4,650 awarded to Gwich'in Youth Camp in the Arctic Circle to teach youth language, traditional culture and prepare them for the environmental challenges facing their homeland.  $3,500 award to American Indian Institute's 36th Annual Youth and Elder Camp. This is a highly important event to bring elders together with youth to teach traditional values through breath to breath teachings thereby strengthening the traditions and ensuring that this precious knowledge remains alive for this next generation.  $3,000 awarded to Sacred Fire Community to launch their Mentor Training Program. Mentors are being trained to provide youth powerful multi-year support to ensure the youth have what they need to step into adulthood with confidence and grounding.  Ancient Wisdom Rising Gatherings: an inspiring gathering with highly honored elders and tradition holders from around the world sharing their ceremonies, stories, prayers & songs. Five such gatherings have been held beginning in 2007 bringing important teachings to more than 500 attendees.  Wisdom Fellowship Awards. Chief Oren Lyons received our first annual Wisdom Fellowship award at Ancient Wisdom Rising 2012. Lama Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is our 2013 recipient. This award honors Indigenous Elders and Wisdom Keepers for their life-long commitment and impact in preserving their traditions and serving their communities.  Sacred Fire magazine has published 16 issues including two issues in 2012. An article from Issue 15 was reprinted in the prestigious Utne Reader magazine and the magazine was nominated for an Utne Reader Award in 2012. The magazine is now being revamped to a vibrant, interactive online format to bring these important Indigenous perspectives and elder teachings to a wider audience at this time of enormous global change and challenge. Heard Around the Fire: Chronicle of many Grandfather Fire teachings published by Sacred Fire Press

Target demographics:

preserve and promote the perspective and benefits of ancient wisdom from around the world.

Geographic areas served:

international

Programs:

* Ancient Wisdom Rising: a life-enriching gathering with traditional elders and wisdom keepers. * Global Grantmaking: supports initiatives that seek to protect and promote the Indigenous perspective and worldview, from preserving sacred sites and native food traditions, to maintaining cycles of ceremony, to revitalizing languages, healing practices and traditional crafts. * Wisdom Fellowship: annually awarded to Indigenous Elders and Wisdom Keepers for their life-time work in preserving their traditions and serving their communities. * Heard Around the Fire: collection of teachings by Grandfather Fire; considered "the first shaman" by the Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madres- Mexico. Published by Sacred Fire Press

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3 people found this review helpful

The Sacred Fire Foundation's (SFF) mandate, particularly to support the continuance of Indigenous life ways for future generations, is of great benefit to humanity. As we collectively face the erosion of the natural world due to the homogenization of a dominant, capitalistic worldview, the voices of Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge Holders are key to navigating climate crisis. Just as ecosystem health is reliant on biological diversity, so too are we reliant on cultural diversity to understand the living, breathing, ancient world we reside within. Cultures that have adapted, respected, and lived in balance with their surroundings for millennia are integral transmitters of sustainable practices. They teach us how to be human. As an artist, educator and writer, the events organized by the SFF regenerate my own capacity to feel connected with the world around me. From that place of connection, I am rejuvenated, excited and inspired.

 
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he Sacred Fire's mission to provide guidance and support to our people through promoting the ways of vital indigenous traditions around the world creates an opportunity for a powerful call to action and possibility. It is such a rare and precious thing in this world. In the Sacred Fire Foundation I have found an organization that truly creates the possibility for healing, education and growth during these times when our Earth and people are really suffering. It is a vision that takes action, where hope is made possible through real healing, and a doorway that with our support can open widely for the benefit of humanity and for our planet. I personally have also benefited through my contact with the community and my life has been grately enriched. My connection with the natural world and with my own heart has grown stronger and more vibrant and my feeling of being able to make even a small difference has empowered me and my commitment to this organization as well. I give thanks for all the people working to make this world a better place through the Sacred FIre Foundation and for the gifts they have given me, too many to count.

 
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The Sacred Fire Foundation is a serious organization that is profoundly devoted with the change we want to see in the world. Their work is supporting a very crucial aspect of this: ancestral wisdom. By suporting the SFF We can contribute to the projects around the world that keep it safe and nourish it for future generations. Through its events it also exposes western people to this wisdom so they can integrate it in their own lives and communities and become change agents of this more connected way of engaging with the world.

 
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Sacred Fire Foundation continues to grow into its mission of promoting and preserving ancient wisdom ways. Each year, an increasing number of indigenous programs are able to realize their goals because of the charitable grants awarded by SFF. The foundation continues to attract high quality volunteers who bring global perspective to the work. The organization cares deeply about our world, our common future, and the importance of remembering and respecting the wisdom that comes from humankind's innate and ancestral relationship with nature.

 
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I believe in the spirit of this charity. I believe that people in our U.S. society are hungry for native wisdom and heart felt stories. The Sacred Fire magazine brings wonderful indigenous wisdom keeper stories from around the world to our door. The experiential teachings are offered thru the Blue Deer Center as workshops and classes. I have been a member for many years and I have watched the organization grow and blossom as the word is spreading person by person, heart by heart.

 
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I have been a member of the Sacred Fire Community since it first began. Over the years I have watched the Sacred Fire Foundation form and grow, dedicated to supporting the living traditions of indigenous peoples. These traditions hold great wisdom for our lives today.

I am deeply grateful for being given the opportunity to be exposed to the wisdom and lessons that these traditions offer; that the land I stand on is alive and sacred, that we are here to care for it as it cares for us. So many stories I have read over the years in the Sacred Fire Magazine which taught me more then all the years of school. Just to be exposed to different cultures, has been a gift.

The work this Foundation does is vital for our lives today.

 
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I started donating to the Sacred Fire Foundation in 2005. It is now providing grants and awards to numerous important initiatives that support the remembering and flourishing of indigenous wisdom. Inspired by the purpose of the Sacred Fire Foundation, In the last few years, I have worked on two First Nations reserves in Canada. One was with the Ditidaht people on Vancouver Island and one was with the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) people on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario. I saw the people on the reserves endeavoring to learn their language and to participate with their culture. It was a profound privilege to support the teaching of their children the language and culture. The Kanien'kehá:ka school , Skaronhese’ko:wa Tsyohterakentko:wa Tsi Yontaweya’tahkwawas, The Everlasting Tree School, is an immersion program in a forest setting with a school curriculum focused on the oral tradition of literacy and creating cultural learning through being in nature. I will invite them to apply for a grant from The Sacred Fire Foundation. This work of the Sacred Fire Foundation for remembering indigenous wisdom is the heart of transforming our world into one that is sustainable for our environment and our community.

Judith Mann, Teacher, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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i am learning so much as a part of the Sacred Fire community: ancient wisdom from older cultures who understood our interconnectedness with each other, the earth and all its inhabitants (plants and animals)...as they put it "all our relatives". we need desperately to "see" life in this way. native peoples are trying to help the rest of us understand what a sustainable future looks like. i think they realize we are lost & confused and in spite of all the devastation we have visited upon their ancestors and cultures and this planet, they have great compassion towards us. i am so grateful to have been led to this group of people!

 
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After participating in the Sacred Fire Foundation's community and awareness building activities, I have found a new path that is far older and wiser than many of those I have walked before. The practice of both listening and acting according to the original instructions given to humankind before we became a culture of "takers" have deepened my physical, emotional and spiritual life. Thanks to all who support and build connection through this work.

 
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Last year I heard Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons address the United Nations stating that "indigenous peoples hold the moral reserve of the world." It is a bold claim. And I believe it is true. The work of the Sacred Fire Foundation embodies this belief. Every dollar spent is to help ensure that the ancient wisdom traditions and their perspectives are preserved and brought forth into the world at this time. The Foundation realizes that modern culture has left us searching for lives of meaning and purpose. And that our disconnection from the sacredness of nature has produced a culture that has commodified Mother Earth to the extent that humanity is now threatened in a real and imminent way. The work and the mission of the Sacred Fire Foundation produces hope. It points us to healing, balance and a way of moving in the world that is in right relationship and sustainable. It feels life-giving to me to be a volunteer and a donor and I invite everyone to experience the joy of supporting this work.

 
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