We join with all those who honor the Creator, and to all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for the healing of our Mother Earth. www.grandmotherscouncil.com Follow the Grandmothers on Twitter @13_Grandmothers.
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 Bombo - Tamang - Nepal Margaret Behan - Arapaho/Cheyenne - Montana, USA Rita Pitka Blumenstein - Yup’ik - Arctic Circle, USA Julieta Casimiro - Mazatec - Huautla de Jimenez, Mexico Maria Alice Campos Freire - Amazonian Rainforest, Brazil Flordemayo - Mayan - Highlands of Central America/ New Mexico Tsering Dolma Gyaltong - Tibetan Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance - Oglala Lakota - Black Hills, South Dakota, USA Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance - Oglala Lakota - Black Hills, South Dakota, USA Agnes Baker Pilgrim - Takelma Siletz - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA Mona Polacca - Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa - Arizona Bernadette Rebienot - Omyene - Gabon, Africa Clara Shinobu Iura - Amazonian Rainforest, Brazil
1. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the contamination of our air, waters and soil.
2. We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally need
3. We join with all those who honor the Creator, and to all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for the healing of our Mother Earth.