Indigenous Cultures

“Perhaps you have noticed that even in the very lightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree: This we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in differing ways.”

Black Elk

Because many Indigenous cultures carry forward ancient traditions of honoring the unity at the heart of life’s diversity, Kalliopeia supports projects initiated or substantially managed from within Native communities that protect, strengthen, and encourage the flourishing of Indigenous Peoples, their culture, and worldview. Through our re-grants programs with several Native American organizations, we support projects that focus on the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages, as well as the protection of sacred traditions, ways of living, and sacred sites.

Our programming also includes direct grants for work that bridges the teachings and wisdom of Indigenous cultures with the challenges we are facing in our current planetary crisis.

Please see our Recent Grants for examples of our funding in this area.

Featured Grant Partner

Cultural Conservancy - San Francisco, CA


The Cultural Conservancy’s mission is to protect and restore Indigenous cultures, empowering them in the direct application of their traditional knowledge and practices on their ancestral lands. Through research, education, media, and advocacy The Cultural Conservancy offers a variety of projects and programs to support Indigenous communities in the protection and revitalization of Native lands and cultures. A Native-led organization, The Cultural Conservancy has a special focus on protecting and restoring Native earth-based cultural traditions and ways of knowing – especially songs, stories, and languages related to ancestral land. The Cultural Conservancy’s core values include:

  • Respect for all life, indigenous rights, and environmental and social justice
  • Remembering the ancestors by honoring oral traditions and life affirming practices
  • Health and Healing from historical trauma and oppression
  • Reciprocity with each other and native lands and waters
  • Intercultural dialogue and cultural respect
  • Ecoliteracy and nurturing ecological awareness
  • Imagination and creativity for health, renewal, and community transformation