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...
How Indigenous knowledge advances modern science and technology

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...
Voices of Wisdom in Olympia, Washington

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

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,...
Voices of Wisdom at the Blue Deer Center August 22 and 23, 2017

Voices of Wisdom at the Blue Deer Center August 22 and 23, 2017

The Voices of Wisdom event at the beautiful Blue Deer Center was a powerful experience and many of us who attended feel we grew significantly from participating in it. Gail Whitlow, a Mohawk Elder, presented first, explaining that for centuries, prior to the white people’s arrival, her Mohawk ancestors had used this land for sacred gatherings.

Join us in Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom

Join us in Celebrating Ancestral Wisdom

Ancestral wisdom, held by Indigenous Elders the world over, is the knowledge gained and kept for centuries by the Indigenous Peoples of the world. Not only does it hold the key to our survival, but it also teaches us how to live in right and balanced relationship with everything and everyone around us.

World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

World Indigenous Peoples’ Day (August 9), which commemorates the tenth anniversary of the signing of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is bittersweet this year. While much progress has been made in the last decade, there is much work to be done to honor Indigenous communities and their world views.

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