Indigenous Medicine

The native peoples of this continent have experienced a devastating and centuries long history of genocide and stigmatization, with upwards of 90% of their populations killed off following the arrival of European settlers. Despite extraordinary resiliency and managing to preserve threads of culture, the historical trauma and current lack of resources continues to devastate indigenous communities today, many with lowest rates of life-expectancy and highest rates of suicide and incarceration in the US. Despite the unspeakable historic debt we owe the native peoples of this country, as well as dire levels of public health and wellbeing, less than .05% of all philanthropic dollars go to support Native American communities. The stigma continues.

 

 

The Riverstyx Foundation works to support indigenous peoples through the preservation of sacred plant medicines, which have been used for thousands of years in healing ceremonies, and have the potential to address trauma, addiction, and the reconnection to native spirituality and culture. We aim to support sustainable access to these medicines, as well as empowering native communities, and the traditions which surround them, to ensure that these sacred plants and ceremonies can bring healing for generations to come.

*Riverstyx takes its lead and direction primarily from its indigenous partners, funding projects to help ensure the conservation of sacred plant medicines for indigenous peoples, first and foremost. Our aim is to help keep the cultures and medicines intact. There is an imminent opportunity to ensure that the dominant culture does not further exploit or extract these precious medicines and ways of life, and we humbly listen to our partners on culturally appropriate strategies for doing so. 

 

Indigenous Partner Organizations

Indigenous

Peyote Conservation Intiative

Indigenous Support Organizations

In addition to our direct support of indigenous partners, we also work with organizations that maintain a high integrity in their work with native peoples. 

 

 

The White Man goes into his church house and talks about Jesus, but the Indian goes into his tipi and talks to Jesus.

 

-Quanah Parker, Commanche

Union of Indigenous Yagé Medics of the Colombian Amazon

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