~ Our Tribe ~  

ROBERT M. ORNSTEIN, ESQ.

PRESIDENT

Founder, Nonprofit Excellence.co; Nonprofit Attorney/Consultant In addition to being TTF Chair/President, Bob heads up our Fiscal Sponsorship Programs, which enable non-501©3 organizations and projects whose work is aligned and in furtherance of our Mission to receive tax deductible fundingmore...

MARY ELLIOT, M.S.

VICE PRESIDENT

Mary Elliott. A successful entrepreneur whose focus is on service and wellness. A California native, she is a highly respected real estate specialist in Santa Barbara. She joined forces with Kerry Mormann in creating the first Ranch and Land Division for Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.more...

MAYA SHAW GALE

SECRETARY

Maya has had a deep love affair with nature since childhood and was naturally drawn to the wisdom ways of indigenous cultures that support living in harmony with the Earth. As a Certified Life Coach, Hakomi practitioner and international trainer, Maya has been passionately immersed in the field of more...

BARBARA SAVAGE

FOUNDER, TREASURER

Barbara Savage has dedicated her time, energy, expertise, and resources to further the mission of the Tribal Trust Foundation. As an educator, Barbara has shared her experiences with students of all ages, including the university level. In her capacity as Curator for the Santa Barbara more...

ART CISNEROS

CHUMASH ELDER, LEADER, AND FIREKEEPER

The Chumash People are the original native peoples of the central California Coast. Art holds the sacred space for their annual Tomol crossing to Limu on the Channel Islands. His spiritual name means “Earth Man with a Good Heart” and he truly embodies these virtues. Art also speaksmore...

DAWN A. MURRAY, M.S.

BOARD MEMBER

Dawn Alexandra Murray, M.S, Ph.D., has taught global environmental studies, conservation biology and oceanography in high schools, community colleges, universities, and aquariums. She has taught at the Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan and at the Cloud Forest School in more...

Advisory Board

Advisor

ROBERT K. HITCHCOCK, PhD

Robert is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico and a Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF), a non-profit 501©3more...

Honorary Board Member

JILL ELISOFON

Jill has over 30 years of fundraising experience working with international nonprofits including the Smithsonian Institution and Conservation International, both in Washington, DC. Since moving to Florida in 1996, Jill consults with variedmore...


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We are the women and men who feel that the loss of ancient cultures would be a loss for our whole world. There is wisdom in the languages, art, stories and songs of the tribal people who weave the fabric of our being-ness, those who once lived freely in nature and who need our help to preserve the precious pieces of their cultures. We may live more fully by listening, feeling and belonging to the stories of the indigenous people of the world.

A vanishing soul from the rainforest is a lost opportunity for us to find the medicines, the wisdom, and the wealth of knowledge they hold in their hearts and minds. What magic do we lose when we lose an ancient culture? What would we be without the Mbuti who have lived sustainably in the rainforest for over ten thousand years or the Chumash grandmothers who are holding the traditions for the seventh generation. Our lives are enriched by the ancient wisdom and beauty of these gracious and loving people who inhabit the earth with no impact to the environment —what can we learn that we haven’t yet been taught?