Sacred Fire Foundation supports the continuance of indigenous wisdom and strives to raise awareness about the values of the indigenous worldview as a way to effect social change and transform the world in which we live.

Indigenous peoples hold the moral reserve of the world.

—Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons


Protecting the Sacred

Through a strong participatory partnership model, our Grant Program works with Indigenous communities worldwide to ensure that their ancestral wisdom can continue to flourish for generations to come.

Honoring Indigenous Elders

Indigenous elders are keepers of the wisdom that our ancestors cultivated through the ages. We honor and support them through our Wisdom Fellowship Award.

Raising Awareness

Through our Events and Media Program we provide opportunities for people to experience indigenous wisdom and learn how to apply these values in their daily life.


Focus Areas

We’ve awarded more than 50 grants in 15 countries spread across 5 continents.

Select a focus area above or click on a grant in the map to find out more information.

Apply for a grant


Connect with Ancestral Wisdom

Upcoming Events

Our premier event, Ancient Wisdom Rising, is being restructured. Voices of Wisdom gatherings provide opportunities to listen and learn from indigenous elders in an intimate ritual setting.

Recent Blog Posts

How Indigenous knowledge advances modern science and technology

Indigenous knowledge has aided and enhanced modern science and technology for centuries, Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, speaks about climate change at the global COP22 conference in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)...

Voices of Wisdom in Olympia, Washington

After an usually dry summer in Olympia, Washington, a welcoming rain greeted Yakama Nation elder Levina Wilkins, Hereditary Chief of the Lummi Nation Tsi’li’xw (Bill James), and 35 people who came from Oregon, California, and Washington state to gather around a consecrated fire. The group listened as Levina and Bill shared stories of their upbringing, the elders that cared for and guided them, and the traditions that they pass on to young people today.

2017 Voices of Wisdom Southeast

By Cindy Fogle Imagine a spectacular 360 view of the Blue Ridge Mountains atop a grassy knoll in Weaverville, NC. Here, people of all ages, from infants and toddlers, to folks in their wisdom years, came together to experience the sacred. The ancestors gathered, too,...

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