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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Philanthropy, Religion, Religion-Related

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

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Elyse P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sacred Fire Foundation has taken a careful, quiet, almost personal approach to supporting the American Indian Institute and our work with and for traditional Elders from the Four Directions who are maintaining their ceremonial, spiritual ways for the health of the People and Mother Earth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The SFF generously contributed to our independent initiative - The Innovative Young Indigenous Leaders Symposium, which is a project created, led, and developed by three young Indigenous people living in BC. Our group joined the Tides Canada shared platform which directed us to the SFF and we were impressed and inspired by their vision and values that guide their work. We completed the grant proposal and were surprised that we were selected as we are not a project located in the USA - we saw this as a strong commitment by the SFF to support Indigenous grassroots organizations that are committed to the cultural resurgence of their Nations. We are grateful for the opportunity to be supported by the SFF and we owe them many thanks for providing us support to ensure our project was a success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sacred Fire Foundation is an incredible organization that works tirelessly to supporting awesome initiatives from organizations from all over the world that promote traditions from native communities, and preserves their ancient wisdom.
I’ve been moved in many occasions by learning about the wonderful projects of the applicant organizations, because they are working so passionately and fiercely for present and future generations.
Being part of such a great team has been a blessing for me. I’m really proud of being part of the staff!

marinasophia

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sacred Fire Foundation is a labor of love for the indigenous and sacred of our times - supporting small-scale and grassroots initiatives that have the potential to turn ripples into waves allows for the most marginalized and vulnerable voices to be heard, protected and celebrated. Thanks to the guidance, mentorship and support of SFF to our small Andean School Kusi Kawsay, we are able to provide a dignified education rooted in Andean Culture to economically challenged indigenous children and youth. We consider SFF a wonderful partner and our hermanas! SFF is a nonprofit with profound, deep and true intentions - we are grateful to know you and thank you for all that you do!

Keith69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A forward thinking group of individuals who fallow the indigenous teaching of the elders.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sacred Fire Foundation's Voices of Wisdom - this amazing series of events provided heartfelt and profound teachings & wisdom from various elders of different indigenous traditions. We need this to get back to living connected lives, to return to the ancient ways and get out of the mess that we have created for ourselves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The SFF funds an extraordinary indigenous culture to continue their sacred pilgrimages to the most holy sacred site of their tradition. Without this help, the people, known as the Wiraxica (Huichol of the Western Sierra Madres in the state of Jalisco, Mexico), would struggle even more than they do in this modern world, to find their way to the ancient and ancestral place where their Gods were birthed. The SFF helps to keep this tradition, contiguous with an ancient history and lifestyle, alive and functioning in the growing world of materialism. The SFF acknowledges that ancestral wisdom is an antidote to the destruction of the natural world, teaching through their actions and prayers, to help bring about a more balanced future.

The SFF funds outstanding Indigenous leaders and programs for the reasons I mention above. They are on the cutting edge of foundational work for the good of the indigenous traditions that still live and breathe on earth. They also acknowledge that time is of the essence and that more help is needed to preserve the past for the future generations to survive.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Sacred Fire Foundation is supporting our lives. We need to learn and live more like the original peoples of the world if we are going to survive as humans. So granting them financial support is an important and urgent mission. I'm honor to be a donor for the Sacred Fire Foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sacred Fire Foundation supports the revitalization of Indigenous wisdom traditions through providing venues and grant support for Indigenous science based healers, most of whom are culturally Indigenous to the traditions they are keeping vital through practice. I have been able to attend two amazing Ancient Wisdom Rising conferences. Being introduced to earth-based wisdom and insight has had a profound effect on my worldview, and has grounded my intuition in many ways. I am grateful for this organization, I love the Sacred Fire magazine, and I look forward to participating more in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sacred Fire Foundation is an excellent organization doing very important and unique work. The Foundation’s mission is dear to my heart. I had the privilege of volunteering for a small organization with similar goals back in the 1970s, when I was in college. Nobody was paying much attention to indigenous cultures. Back then I glimpsed something essential that was not available to me anywhere else in the Ivy League university I was attending. I understood, more intuitively than logically, the depth of wisdom embedded in ancient cultures and their importance for my own life and for the modern world.

The developments of these last decades, and the direction human beings are moving in culturally, ecologically, economically, etc. etc. have convinced me: The knowledge that Indigenous peoples hold around how to be, listen, live and move in the world is essential if life is to continue on our planet in a sane and sustainable way. And like so many other valuable aspects of life on this planet, they are in danger of extinction. The Sacred Fire Foundation does a formidable job of both supporting indigenous groups in their own struggle to keep this wisdom alive in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles, and bringing their wisdom to those of us living in the ‘developed’ world. Ancient Wisdom Rising, and the newer Voices of Wisdom series, are powerful and moving events, that allow us to be touched directly by the words, music, stories, dance, and above all, the presence of heartfelt, brilliant and generous Indigenous leaders. Their attitude and words bridge the gap between our worldview and theirs.

As a firekeeper in the Sacred Fire Community I aspire every day to quiet my mind and live from my heart. It is clear to me that for these indigenous teachers, it comes naturally. Soaking in their presence I have felt something deep awaken in my own heart, and I will continue to support the Foundation in the hope that many others can benefit in the same way.