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.
The Sacred Fire Foundation is an exception nonprofit supporting, among other values, the invigoration and revitalization of Native American cultures. Sacred Fire Foundation has supported, over the last two years, the Gwich'in Elders' Traditional Stories Project (within Arctic Village's Camp Goonzhii, 2016), and the White Eye Traditional Knowledge Education Camp (2017). Both of these initiatives occur in Alaska among the indigenous Gwich'in people (Dené/Athabascan), in cooperation with the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Both project were initiated by Gwich'in Elders, who have directed both projects from their inception. Through the generous support of the Sacred Fire Foundation, Gwich'in traditional knowledge and stories have been successfully passed from the Elders to younger Gwich'in people, and to those non-Gwich'in willing to learn this ancient wisdom. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Sacred Fire Foundation in future years!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sacred Fire Foundation is doing the heavy lifting--supporting traditional wisdom keepers *and* helping those of us living in modern society understand how critical traditional wisdom is to our survival. I'm inspired by the Foundation's mission, the Indigenous leaders the Foundation supports, and the people who have become change agents as a result of this work. If more organizations valued sacred wisdom and brought its healing powers to our broken systems, the world would truly be a different place.
Sacred Fire Foundation is making a difference in the world and effecting social change by supporting the continuance of indigenous traditional knowledge and worldview. We are honoured and excited to be able to support indigenous communities worldwide as they strengthen their traditional practices. I just came back from visiting one of our grantee partners in Perú, a wonderful school rooted in Quechua traditional knowledge and culture, and I felt so inspired to see the deepness of connection to their land and the pride and force of their voices. I wish every child, indigenous and non-indigenous had the opportunity to grow up like this.
Sacred Fire Foundation's work is unique in that it supports indigenous communities that hold the key to everyone's survival: a deep relationship with land, each other and nature that we can all learn from to take better care of the planet, to learn to live in community, to practice reciprocity and respect.
The Sacred Fire Foundation'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 greatly 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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