Adopt a Native Elder Program
"Because you bring me food, you wish my life to continue for another day, and I will always remember you". - 91 year old Bessie Begay upon receiving her food box.
Wildthorne is proud to support the Adopt a Native Elder Program. It is my belief that respecting and caring for Elders (who are the wisdom keepers, closest to the spirit world of our culture) is a compassionate way to give back love and positivity to those in need. Adopt a Native Elder is a non-profit, humanitarian organization whose sole purpose is to serve and support Elders who live in the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Navajo (also called Diné) people. Many live in hogans with no running water, and some have no electricity. ANE and their volunteers from all over the United States journey to the Navajo reservation multiple times a year to deliver food, medicines, clothing, yarn, firewood and supplies to the Elders, helping them to live out their lives in a traditional manner.
Currently there are over 500 Native Elders being supported in this program with their ages ranging from 75 to 108 years of age. The Program is organized in the Native American Spirit of the Giveaway Circle. The Giveaway is the tradition of giving the best one has - things of value and personal importance that honor the recipient, given without attachment or expectation of receiving anything in return. Wildthorne clients are a part of the Giveaway Circle as a portion of the proceeds of the sale of every jewel is sent to ANE, and through this program you help to provide food, simple medicines, clothing, fabric and yarns for weaving to help these Elders remain in their homes on the land.
Photo credit courtesty of John Aldrich
"The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program creates a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust."
You can find more about the Adopt A Native Elder Program here on their site:
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of Wildthorne jewels is sent to the ANE Program, thank you for your kind support in contributing to helping these Elders. Updates to how these funds are being allocated will be posted through my newsletter.