We Are the Soil That Walks

We Are the Soil That Walks

We Are the Soil That Walks In the lead up to COP26, the climate conference held in Glasgow in 2021, we were invited to submit an article for The Blue Dot, a publication that is presented in conjunction with the conference.  The theme for the article is – “What is...
2021 Year in Review

2021 Year in Review

HOW TO BE A GOOD ANCESTOR I have struggled writing this ‘year in review/preview of what’s to come’. There are few among us who have not experienced tremendous loss, unexpected changes in our lives or those we hold most dear, or the sadness that comes with all that...
Recommended Reads: The Time of the Black Jaguar by Arkan Lushwala

Recommended Reads: The Time of the Black Jaguar by Arkan Lushwala

Welcome to Recommended Reads, Sacred Fire Foundation’s monthly book recommendation series.  By Kim Langbecker, Executive Director  Once a month, we’ll feature a book that has made a profound impact on our work.  Today, I am delighted to share an excerpt from The Time...

In Solidarity

  IN SOLIDARITY. In one of the hundreds of treasured conversations I’ve been blessed to have with Pauline Tangiora, the subject of us all being “one people” came up. I don’t remember the context or who shared that very common vision, but Pauline, in her gentle...

Seeds of Wisdom – Pauline Tangiora (English)

In response to the urgent calling we are all feeling during this challenging and transformative time, and in solidarity with our Sacred Fire Foundation community and the many Elders we have had the privilege to work alongside, we are grateful to be able to share...
What is “Indigenous”?

What is “Indigenous”?

From recent opinion pieces in The Hill on the importance of listening to the wisdom and worldview of Native and Aboriginal Elders to protect our planet, to stories about the connection between Indigenous knowledge, the protection of biodiversity and the prevention of...
Everything is Sacred

Everything is Sacred

This is a message to everyone who we have had the honor to share space with, in-person at one of our events, digitally through our social media, perhaps even just through e-mail. We are reaching out to you today to remind you, during this very challenging and...
November is Native American Heritage Month 

November is Native American Heritage Month 

 This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding. There are hundreds of tribes across the nation, with over 570 federally recognized.  They are the Indigenous Peoples of the United States – 5 million strong! This is a time to...
Vital Voices Protecting the Sacred

Vital Voices Protecting the Sacred

Words such as “hero”, “warrior” and “defender” are a part of every culture.  Some become famous and are part of our collective history. Some go out every day and with very little fanfare, keep us safe, rescue us when tragedy strikes...

Busuréliame, Inner Awakening Through Ceremony


Busuréliame, Inner Awakening Through Ceremony

The Sacred Fire Foundation grant provided logistical support, food for the Tarahumara during the planning and conducting of two regional harvest ceremonies which are part of a larger vision and program to strengthen Tarahumara resilience. Busuréliame (Inner Awakening)...

2019: the Year of Indigenous Languages

By Mercedes Caso Indigenous languages matter for social, economic and political development, peaceful coexistence and reconciliation in our societies. Yet many of them are in danger of disappearing. It is for this reason that the United Nations declared 2019 the Year...
Voices for the Water

Voices for the Water

By Alison Wearing For most of us, water is available at the simple turn of a tap. It’s easy to lose our connection to its source, its significance, its spiritual essence. But there are people among us with a deep connection to water and its wisdom, Indigenous Elders...
Dance as an Act of Love

Dance as an Act of Love

For more than twenty-five years, Elder Pahan Pte San Win (Lakota, Cree & Metis) has been offering counseling support to residential school survivors, incarcerated men and youth, and women who have experienced abuse. In 2016, she had a vision: We will dance on...

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 protect their rights, many of the world’s 370...
Voces de Sabiduría Ancestral

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...

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