PARTNERS

We work together with organizations and individuals to ensure the continuance of Indigenous traditions, values, wisdom, and worldviews. Our partners’ and donors’ financial contributions, collaboration, and shared vision is not only a blessing and a comfort, but critical for modern society to experience social change.  

INTERNATIONAL FUNDERS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

IFIP convenes and educates donors to build capacity and enhance funding partnerships to improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples globally http://www.international.org/

COMMUNITY PARTNERS REVIEW COMMITTEE

We are incredibly thankful to our Community Partners Review Committee members for their efforts and dedication to making sure we implement a robust, fair and thoughtful grants review process and in assisting to make the Protecting the Sacred Partnerships program a success.

PEDRO MO, LIMA PERU

Proudly Quechua, Hip-hopper, Activist, and Father.

I have worked in various community and cultural projects since 2007, now active in a space called Escuela Rebelde Saturnino Huillca, from where colleagues develop social projects for the recovery of identity and ancestral practices, Rio Rimac Kusi Mayu is one of them, Palenque Hopper, In these spaces the community recovers its language, dance, territorial connection, spirituality, among others, learning is constant and diverse and is accompanied by a critical look at the model of modern society. The knowledge of the grandparents helps us to reconnect with time and forms of the pachamama, if we do not find that pulse, we get sick. It is necessary that the tissues of recovery of ancestral identity be strengthened, made visible and expanded; The economic factor, such as impulses, support and others are vital for these communities, for me it means a lot to be able to contribute to that process, definitely with the intention of continuing to learn and articulate.

BREIDY QUISPE VILACAHUAMAN, CENTRAL PERUVIAN ANDES

Quechua scholar from the Central Peruvian Andes. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional del Centro del Peru (Huancayo, Peru) and a Master’s degree in anthropology from Georgia State University (Georgia, USA).

 Breidy’s research interest centers on the reconstruction of dietary patterns and residential mobility of prehispanic Andean populations who inhabited the Mantaro valley during the Late Intermediate period (AD 1000-1400) and the Late Horizon period (AD 1400-1532). As a Quechua bioarchaeologist, Breidy’s research incorporates Western anthropological methods and Andean knowledge and he aims for the participation and inclusion of living Andean populations in his research. For the last five years, Breidy attended and presented his research at multiple scientific meetings in the United States and Peru. Recently, Breidy has been working as an archaeologist for multiple archaeological firms in California and Oregon. His daily fieldwork includes excavation, pedestrian surveys, testing, data recovery, lab analysis, and consultations with local Native American tribes.

LUCY MULENKEI, KENYA

Masaai

Ms. Mulenkei has many years of experience in community development work, focusing on issues related to Environmental Issues which include the work in the Conventions on Biological diversity, Climate Change, Desertification and others. she is also active in Human rights, Women and Girls rights that include Reproductive health rights, education, and development that impacts on Indigenous Peoples and their local communities. She has experience in local level advocacy, to national, regional and international where she brings the international discussions to the local level. As the Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network, she has advocated for the recognition and for the voice and rights of remote Indigenous Peoples women and girls, to be heard. Apart from being a gradute of Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi, she has studies in Journalist, Project mangment, human rights based approach, Leadership and Environment just to name a few. Ms Mulenkei carries many roles, She is a Member of a number Boads and Co-founder a number of Indigenous Peoples Networks, among them the African Indigenous Women’s Organization, the International Indigenous Women’s forum, Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity , and has been working with other Indigenous Peoples with the Global Evironment Facility as a Member of the Advisory group . Also one of the Members of the High-Level Commission (“HLC”) on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up, for an initial period of three years. Recently appointed as a Member and a Co-Chair of UNEP Advisory group Ecosystem Restoration

MARY WILSON, NEW ZEALAND

Māori of the Ngāti Kahungunu tribe on the East Coast of the North Island, Aotearoa (New Zealand). 

Mary has over 30 years experience across government, business, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors. 

For the last 10 years Mary has worked alongside community groups (including Māori / Pacific / Ethnic communities) and assisted them to achieve their goals and aspirations.  More so, she has worked with many Māori Iwi (tribes) and Hapū (sub-tribes) in the development of their Marae (tribal reservations) and cultural projects where mātauranga (indigenous knowledge and wisdom) is paramount.   

Like all indigenous cultures, Māori base their world view upon the relationship with the natural (and spiritual) world where each generation continues their role as guardians to care and protect the environment for present and future generations. 

International travel and work abroad have provided Mary with a greater appreciation and respect for all cultures and communities.  She recognises that for many generations, indigenous wisdom has been either extinguished or dampened to small embers and sparks.    She believes the Sacred Fire Foundation is part of the greater consciousness movement to gently blow the ‘breath of life’ on those embers to re-ignite the flame and restore the sacred fires around the world.

 

HARTMAN DEETZ, USA

Mashpee Wampanoag

Hartman Deetz is a Mashpee Wampanoag who has been active in Native and environmental movements for over 20 years. This activism is based on his spiritual foundation in his Native traditions that value the earth as a living being. Deetz has been participating in ceremony from age 12 and has joined in Native ceremony across the Americas over the past 30 years. He has worked with Mashpee Coalition for Native Action, 2008’s national Longest Walk 2 campaign, Idle No More SF Bay, and traveled to Standing Rock North Dakota as well as Indian Bayou Louisiana to fight Energy Transfer Partners massive intertwined pipeline projects that run the length of the Mississippi. Deetz is currently engaged with advocating for the hunting and fishing rights of Wampanoag people in Massachusetts.

 

Deetz says he is excited to work with Sacred Fire foundation to support the efforts of cultural renewal and self determination for Indigenous people the world over. Indigenous cultures live with the land and are the antithesis of the destructive, disposable culture of commodification and extraction commonly known as colonialism. As we are living today we see the massive heat waves, burning oceans and the terrible outcomes on the world we all live in after centuries of prioritizing short term profits over the health and well being of life on this planet. It is so important , now more than ever, to seek out and uplift alternative ways to exist that might offer us a future that we can live with.

 

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