People connected to the sacred engaging directly with Indigenous elders
Dear Community Wisdom Supporters,
Sacred Fire Foundation was granted non-profit status in 2007, and 2017 marked our tenth anniversary. As I look back to our beginning as a handful of enthusiastic volunteers, and as I see where the dedication and passion have led us, I am humbled.
And, it must be said, none of this would have been possible without the generosity of our donors, and the thousands of hours of love, labor and support from our volunteers, staff, partners and board members.
Some of the highlights of 2017 include the launch of our new website; the refinement of our grant program through the experience gained over the past four years in working with our grantee partners; and the expansion of our Grant Review Committee to include Elvera Konwanhktotha Sargent.
Illarion Merculieff received the Wisdom Fellowship Award in a special ceremony held in Berkeley, California. Our Voices of Wisdom events continued in three locations across the US, with an international event planned in early 2018.
I hope you enjoy this report and seeing the fruits of your generosity.
David Wiley, Chairman of the Board
Protecting the Sacred
Through the generosity of our donors, in 2016 we disbursed the largest amount of funds in our history and expanded to cover all 5 continents!
We partnered with projects in 7 focus areas
Food and Healing
Language, Art and Culture
Ritual and Ceremony
Tribes / Clans Funded in 2017
USA- Nooksack, Hopi, Kaua’I, Gwich’in
Philippines – Higa-onon
Mexico – Maya, Tseltales & Tsotsiles
Peru – Shipibo, Quechua
Canada – Lakota/ Dakota/ Anishinaabe, Navajo / Snuneymuxw
Thailand – Akha
Australia – Warlpiri
Weaving Wisdom at Kusi Kawsay
Lucía is a wise, glowing woman from the Amaru community in the Peruvian highlands. She is also the weaving teacher at the Kusi Kawsay School, a place where children strengthen the fabric of their traditions by learning arts that are part of their culture.
She teaches them this sacred art that involves mathematics, deep concentration, creativity and knowledge of the cosmology contained within their patterns. To weave properly the children must learn concepts like Ayni, the word for reciprocity in the Quechua language. To receive you must give. Giving and receiving is a dance, a cycle, and it is one of the keys to living in balance in the world.
We invite you to experience the wisdom of the weaving in this video of Lucia’s class.
“Amidst intermittent squalls that gave way to glorious sunshine, Bill talked about the importance of knowing where we come from, both through our human ancestors and the ‘spirit of place,’ which are interconnected. Bill told a story of his people’s place, Orcas Island and the Salish Sea: an orphaned boy discovers the people who live under the sea—the orcas—and leaves his home to join them, but he returns as an orca to care for his human grandmother, leaving fish on the shore for her. This reminds us that while we seem separate from each other, we are not.”
—Mary Fifield, Olympia VOW, October 2017
“The most important things in life should not be defined. And we’re living in a society that defines everything.”
Our 2017 numbers are about resilience and capacity. The revenue reflects the results of our long-term relationships with our major donors. The expenses are an expression of our vision to ensure long-term resilience and capacity by investing in the people who are lovingly working on our mission every day, tending to our programs and developing new ideas.