The Sacred Fire Foundation Inc Overview
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.
* Sacred Fire magazine offers readers the wisdom and lessons of Nature, the Dreamtime and ancient traditions to expand your relationship with our sacred world. (Currently in transition from print to interactive online format)
* 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
$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
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