M.G. Aidoneus “Aidon” Bishop, is a Pite Sámi wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and rite of passage facilitator.
A trauma-informed educator, father of six, former Boy Scout Leader, United States Marine, chef, entrepreneur, restaurateur, Information Technology Executive, and Engineer, Aidoneus now works with organizations throughout the world on social justice issues, sovereignty, treaty rights, indigenous ceremony protection and preservation, cultural appropriation, ancestral studies, entheogenic rituals, indigenous rights and rites, Sámi and Germanic Tribal education and reclamation, and is an environmental activist who co-founded the Iktčé Wičháša Oyáte with the Great-Grandson of Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake (Siting Bull) in Standing Rock, North Dakota during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. He is a Master Swordsman, specializing in German longsword, foil, Épée, and sabre, a Wilderness First Responder, a certified Northwest Naturalist, and a steward with the Jefferson Land Trust.
Aidoneus has been formally trained and has extensive life experience with survival in the harshest of environments. Underneath all of the quiet and seemingly intimidating and gruff exterior is a big heart and a love for educating, mentoring, and caring for children, to share his experiences with them, inspiring them to never stop learning, and always question the meaning of world they see.
Aidoneus was key in the coordination and founding of a youth Summer meal program in North Kitsap with Rotary, Kiwanis, local food banks, and the North Kitsap School District, and he founded and operated a mobile meal service focused on providing shelter and meals to homeless youth in North Kitsap. Volunteering with the Boys & Girls club and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for seven years, he was also a North Kitsap School District volunteer in the special education program, and has given countless hours to non-profit organizations that focus on helping troubled and at-risk youth. Additionally, Aidon is a savvy and respected business leader, being recognized as one of the top business leaders in his community under the age of 40, in 2013 for his restaurants and bakeries. Aidoneus has served on the Board of Directors of six non-profit organizations, and the Greater Kingston Community Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Pacific Sámi Searvi, Wilderness Guides Council, Youth Passageways, Sons of Norway, and also guides youth and adults with Rite of Passage Journeys.
Aidoneus focuses instruction on medieval weapons and combat techniques, Sámi and Germanic culture, history, orienteering, rites of passage, mountain & wilderness survival, defensive arts, blacksmithing, tracking, ethics, lore, backpacking, edible and medicinal plants, archery, discipline, hand-to-hand techniques, entheogenic rituals and practices, and ancestral skills.