Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet [NOOK Book]

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We are
thirteen indigenous grandmothers. . . . We are deeply concerned with the
unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the atrocities of war, the
global scourge of poverty, the prevailing ...

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Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet

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Overview


We are
thirteen indigenous grandmothers. . . . We are deeply concerned with the
unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the atrocities of war, the
global scourge of poverty, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics
that threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, and with 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 believe that the
teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.







In some
Native American societies, tribal leaders consulted a council of grandmothers
before making any major decisions that would affect the whole community. What
if we consulted our wise women elders about the problems facing our global
community today? This book presents the insights and guidance of thirteen
indigenous grandmothers from five continents, many of whom are living legends
among their own peoples. The Grandmothers offer wisdom on such timely issues as
nurturing our families; cultivating physical and mental health; and confronting
violence, war, and poverty. Also included are the reflections of Western women
elders, including Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Carol Moseley Brown.

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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834824171
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 472,430
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Carol Schaefer is a writer, editor, journalist, and photographer who has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, and MSNBC. She is the author of The Other Mother, and she lives in New York City.

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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

Flordemayo, Mayan

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword xi
Note to the Reader xiii

Statement of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers 1
Introduction 3

PART ONE
The Grandmothers
Agnes Baker Pilgrim (Oregon) 15
Bernadette Rebienot (Gabon, Africa) 21
Flordemayo (Central America/New Mexico) 27
Margaret Behan (Montana) 35
Rita Pitka Blumenstein (Alaska) 43
Tsering Dolma Gyaltong (Tibet) 51
Mona Polacca (Arizona) 55
Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance and
Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance (South Dakota) 61
Maria Alice Campos Freire (Brazil) 69
Clara Shinobu Iura (Brazil) 77
Aama Bombo (Buddhi Maya Lama) (Nepal) 83
Julieta Casimiro (Mexico) 87
Other Women Elders 93

PART TWO
Guidance for Our Times
Prophecies 115
Women's Wisdom 133
Sacred Relations 145
Our Mother Earth 161
Oppression 173
Nature's Pharmacy 189
Prayer 205

Appendix 211

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