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.

November 2018

Recent Blog Posts

17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Source: UNDESA Indigenous communities play a vital role as custodians of our planet, possessing vital knowledge that will support global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But despite progress to...

Voces de Sabiduría Ancestral

By Alison Wearing In the foothills of Meztitla, beneath the sacred cliffs of Tepoztlán, the 2018 Voices of Wisdom event, Voces de la Sabiduría, lit its flame.  Jacaranda blossoms shimmered in the bone-dry air and dust rose from the roads and footpaths. It was a...

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)...

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