Nikki Cooley

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Nikki Cooley

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Flagstaff, AZ 86004
United States
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Project Description

My work primarily is working and visiting with Indigenous people across the country to learn, share and educate others on the knowledge of resilience in the increasingly urgent issue of climate change. We speak of the impacts stemming from climate change on Indigenous people's eco-cultural resources which in affect is an impact on their spirituality and culture. We speak of how we can address the issue of climate change and its urgency.

Historically and currently, Indigenous people have an innate and intimate relationship that is largely spiritual and ceremonial. Our thought process, dreams, words and breaths are intertwined with the spirit of Mother Earth, Father Sky and all of the natural elements. Our prayers, our actions and words almost always acknowledges the ecological spirit so to ensure the natural world knows of our respect. This is tied into our work as we try to address and insert this into our conversations and projects. It seems as this acknowledgement is just as important as the paper documents that the western paradigm has promoted as just and required.

  • Advocacy/Activism
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Storytelling
  • Religious/Spiritual Community


Sacred Ground Exchange connects people to each other & the Earth through sacred storytelling.