adjective in·dig·e·nous || in-ˈdi-jə-nəs ||
1: produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment || indigenous plants || the indigenous culture
2: innate, inborn
The same story is happening all over the globe – the story of cultures losing their traditions, their language, their wisdom, and their ways of living in direct relationship to nature. Today, many tribes have already lost their elders and are struggling to recover and revive their ancient languages and traditions, desperately trying to keep ahold of their benevolent and sustainable ways of life. While most humans on this planet have succumbed to ‘civilized’, ‘logical’, post-industrial, and modern ways of living – and are facing the many disadvantages inherent in such an approach – there is a vital need, more than ever, to preserve, protect, and support the continuation of indigenous peoples’ and cultures – for the sake of all life on earth.
Today, 9.2 percent of the living languages have fewer than 10 speakers, 10 percent of all languages are already extinct, and as many as half of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to be extinct by the end of this century if no revitalization efforts are made. Mike Barrett, Director of Science and Policy at the World Wildlife Fund, states that for the first time since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago “we face a global mass extinction of wildlife”. Almost 60 percent of the world's fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have been wiped out over the past four decades, largely because of human activity. In the past century 80% of the earth's forests have been cut. And all in the name of profit. The abundant nature that surrounds us has been taken advantage of and studies predict that all our natural resources will be wasted in this century if we continue to ignore the natural world. Nature is deeply intelligent. Nature deserves our attention and it's time we listen. At Sofie we believe the knowledge indigenous cultures have nurtured and passed on for thousands of years are our best hope to reconnect to nature and to a more prosperous way of living and being on this planet.
To be of Service for the Preservation of Indigenous Wisdom.
At SOFIE we envision a world where the diversity of the nature thrives, where indigenous wisdom is heard, honored, respected, and where people are of service to all of life on this planet and beyond.
With the help of our many partners - from extremely generous individuals and governments, to local nonprofits and corporations - we act as a fundraising entity to support various projects that are aligned with our vision.
SOFIE is proud to support efforts that honor the natural biodiversity of life. At SOFIE we recognize indigenous life to be a source of ancient wisdom. We recognize that this wisdom is threatened with extinction and we strive to protect it to the best of our ability. We believe this wisdom will not only help us heal ourselves, but will help us heal the world.
How do we achieve this mission and vision?
Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff - including healers, teachers, entrepreneurs, ethnobotanists, filmmakers, and more - we support a variety of projects including but not limited to:
- Rainforest Conservation
- Medicinal Plant Research
- Documentary Film Production
- Indigenous Projects
- Education Philanthropy
- Awareness Initiatives