This story appeared originally in Vikalp Sangam, an India-based storytelling site on alternatives emerging from the grassroots and social movements.
Story and photos by Rucha Chitnis
“A River is Like Our Mother”
“The elders used to call Myntdu River their mother,” shares H. H. Mohrmen, a Jaintia Unitarian minister … Read more
by Elyse Portal
Voices of Wisdom, in Asheville NC, completed one circle and initiated another. Before I knew anything about the Sacred Fire Community or Foundation, I knew Wanbdi Wakita. The circle began about 15 years ago, in the heat of Wanbdi’s Purification Ceremony, where I prayed to my Ancestors … Read more
By Pahan Pte San Win and Elyse Portal
Wanbdi Wakita will be a presenter at our upcoming Voices of Wisdom event that will take place in Asheville, North Carolina on May 21st and 22nd, 2016.
Wanbdi Wakita, whose name translates into English as Looking Eagle, was born at home with … Read more
The Indigenous peoples of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Martha in Colombia have a mission of utmost importance: to bring healing and balance to the earth for the benefit of all of humanity through their spiritual work of offerings and ceremony.
They consider their land to be the heart of … Read more
By Cindy Fogle
The Maasai youth, whose people reside and travel along the border between Kenya and Tanzania, sit in the crosshairs of modernization. Like many indigenous youth they face immense pressure by outside forces attempting to instill in them that their ways are backwards, irrelevant and something for which … Read more
Dormant for 150 years, a lost Indigenous language is brought back to life by a Native woman, setting into motion a cultural revitalization process
This blog is part of a series of Sacred Fire Foundation on the importance of resourcing indigenous-led groups that are revitalizing native languages as a key … Read more
Blog by Lawrence I. Messerman
Photo: Rick Harlow
Recently, traditional wisdom received some high-level acknowledgement in an area where it rarely gets much credibility. That’s because the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to three people including China’s Youyou Tu. Dr. Tu was honored for her work in isolating Artemisinin—which … Read more
Blog by Rucha Chitnis
This is part one of our series on the role of philanthropy to preserve endangered native languages by resourcing indigenous-led groups that are on the frontlines striving for cultural survival.
Language extinction can lead to cultural annihilation. When a language is lost, a culture is lost … Read more
Blog by Larry Messerman
The 2015 Ancient Wisdom Rising (AWR) gathering is over, but I will continue to savor the rich experience of being with over 180 kindred spirits for two days as we enjoyed the wisdom of several prominent elders from around the world.
There were so many compelling … Read more