Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Grandmother

As Christmas approaches, it is good to remember that many traditions have paths to salvation and healing. Some have come together in the form of a council called the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

The grandmothers' council began  in 2004 and continues to raise awareness and hope : 
Through the years, they've become teachers and icons who are galvanizing and uniting a rapidly emerging global movement. They are awakening people to the urgent need for change if we are to survive on this planet. But they are not using fear as a weapon. They are offering us hope. What many people see as a threat, they see as an opportunity. They show us that by going back to the ancient and time-proven earth-based traditions and practices of our Indigenous people, we will be able to break away from our destructive habits and make the changes necessary for our survival. (Read more here.)
Alison Rose Levy in The Huffington Post, Dec 12/09- "A Meeting of the Hearts: the Dalai Lama and the Thirteen Grandmothers," - writes :     "They have circled the globe, meeting with the Dalai Lama, leading healing ceremonies and prayer circles in India, Nepal, the Amazon, Alaska, Mexico, and Nicaragua."

Levy goes on to quote one of the grandmothers:
"Together, the grandmothers have almost nine hundred years of experience," said Flordemayo a Mayan healer from Nicaragua, "We are thirteen voices strong to remind humanity that we must unite to move into this new millennium. We're in the process of birthing a new way of being, a new way for all of us to be gentle with each other. We should connect our hearts and become one."
All of the grandmothers believe that greed is the root cause of all our ills, causing humans pain and the earth and its creature dire consequences. The grandmothers have joined voices and knowledge to help all people heal both themselves and Mother Earth.

The grandmothers are:

(The two flags are just a sampling of those connected to the grandmothers.)
                                                                                                                                           ( Lakota flag)

Aama Bombo, Tamang, Nepal
Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Tekelma Siletz, Oregon USA
Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota, SD
Bernadette Rebienot, Omyene Gabon, Africa
Clara Shinobu Iura, Mapia Amazonia, Brazil                                        
Flordemayo, Mayan, Nicaragua
Julieta Casimiro, Mazatec, Mexico                                                                            (flag of Nepal)
Maria Alice Campos Friere, Mapia Amazonia, Brazil

Margaret Behan, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Montana
Mona Polacca, Hopi/Havasupai?Tewa Arizona
Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yupik, Alaska
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance. Oglala Lakota, SD
Tsering Golma Gyaltong, Tibetan, Canada

Pictures and bios of the grandmothers are here.

For the Next 7 Generations is a movie about the grandmothers by filmmaker Carole Hart. She felt compelled to make the film because she was healed of terminal brain cancer by elders in an indigenous healing ceremony. The film's website has a wealth of information about the grandmothers,  their coming together in 2004, and the making of the film.


We need the grandmothers, their vision, and their action, now more than ever.


lifeshighway said...

Thank you for introducing me to these wonderful women and the work they are doing.

ChrisJ said...


They are wonderful, aren't they? I had never heard of them either; my husband stumbled on the story and sent it to me.

Dawn said...

I am intrigued. I have often (sorry men) had the thought, if only women were in charge there would be less blood shed, war, starvation, etc. But just think about what the world would be like if grandmothers were in charge!

ChrisJ said...

Yes, it's an interesting thought. All these women seem so powerful; they could for sure run things!

angelshair said...

What a beautiful story!
Grandmothers are so needed, because they carry love, hope, comprehension, forgiveness, compassion, knowledge and wisdom.

I am sure these 13 grandmothers are changing the world in a beautiful way.

Your post made me think how much I miss mine!

ChrisJ said...


I miss mine, too. They are special.

Anonymous said...

Survival group against God?? LOL. Good luck with that. Truth is, no one knows the exact time this will happen except the man upstairs, however, I firmly believe that there are people placed here by God that post the warning signs and it's up to you to take heed.
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