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"Intriguing and meaningful . . . Grandmothers Counsel the World is an uplifting read that should be displayed prominently and hand-sold to those who wish for world healing."—New Age Retailer
"Resonates with warmth and compassion . . . it will press you to see the world through the eyes of indigenous wisdom."—Feminist Review
“Grandmother Spider is said to have the power to weave up the broken web of connection which sustains the world. This book was surely written in her spirit. Grandmothers Counsel the World is a fascinating collection of Grandmother stories and Grandmother wisdom told as if the future matters.”—Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings
“Prophecy foretold the gathering of the Indigenous Grandmothers long before these thirteen wise women-elders from the North, Central and South America, Africa, Tibet and Nepal, and the Artic Circle were brought together. Who they are and what they have to say at this critical time in human and planetary history is fascinating. We can hope that they may be harbingers of a major spiritual shift toward peace, prophesized to occur in 2012 with women taking the lead, and circles of people bringing visible and invisible worlds together.”—Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in Everywoman and Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World
“Wise women from around the globe stand strong together on behalf of all of life. Their stories are amazing, their message to us is strong and inspirational. They are marvelous role models of how we can gather our energies together to make the necessary changes needed to return to a life of balance and harmony. I felt truly blessed to read this book.”—Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
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Statement of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
We are thirteen indigenous grandmothers who came together for the first time from October 11 through October 17, 2004, in Phoenicia, New York. We gathered from the four directions in the land of the people of the Iroquois Confederacy. We came here from the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic Circle of North America, the great forests of the American Northwest, the vast plains of North America, the highlands of Central America, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the mountains of Oaxaca, the desert of the American Southwest, the mountains of Tibet, and the rain forest of central Africa.
Affirming our relations with traditional medicine peoples and communities throughout the world, we have been brought together by a common vision to form a new global alliance.
We are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We have united as one. Ours is an alliance of prayer, education, and healing for our Mother Earth—for all Her inhabitants, for all the children, and for the next seven generations.
We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth: the contamination of our air, waters, and soil; the atrocities of war; the global scourge of poverty; the threat of nuclear weapons and waste; the prevailing culture of materialism; the epidemics that threaten the health of Earth's peoples; the exploitation of indigenous medicines; and the destruction of indigenous ways of life.
We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking, and healing are vitally needed today. We come together to nurture, educate, and train our children. We come together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of legal restriction. We come together to protect the lands where our people live and upon which our cultures depend, to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional medicines, and to defend the Earth Herself. We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.
We join with all those who honor the Creator and all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for healing of our Mother Earth.
For all our relations:
Margaret Behan, Cheyenne/Arapaho
Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yupik
Julieta Casimiro, Mazatec
Aamo Bombo, Tamang
Maria Alice Campos Freire, Brazil
Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, Tibetan
Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota
Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Takelma Siletz
Mona Polacca, Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa
Clara Shinobu Iura, Brazil
Bernadette Rebienot, Omyèné