The International Council Of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.
The Grandmothers And Their Work
On October 11, 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world–the Arctic Circle, North, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, arrived at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Retreat amidst 340 acres of forests, fields and streams in upstate New York. Within a few days of convening, the grandmothers agreed to form a global alliance; to work together to serve both their common goals and their specific local concerns.
The first council gathering was a time of hope and inspiration. The grandmothers are both women of prayer and women of action. Their traditional ways link them with the forces of the earth. Their solidarity with one another creates a web to rebalance the injustices wrought from an imbalanced world; a world disconnected from the fundamental laws of nature and the original teachings based on a respect for all of life.
Aama Bambo – Nepal
Margaret Behan – Cheyenne- Arapaho
Rita Pikta Blumenstein -Yupik
Julieta Casimiro – Mazatec
Marie Alice Campos Freire – Brazil
Flordemayo – Mayan
Tsering Dolma Gyalthong – Tibetan
Beatrice Holy Dance Long Visitor Holy Dance – Lakota
Rita Holy Dance Long Visitor Holy Dance – Lakota
Agnes Pilgrim – Takelma Siletz
Mona Palocca – Hopi/ Havasupai
Bernadette Rebienot – Bwiti
Clara Shinobu Iura – Brazil
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