Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 20, 2019

Earth Concerns News

Indigenous Grandmothers Join Across the World

adapted from the Indigenous Grandmothers' Website

On October 11, 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world—the Alaskan Tundra, North, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia—arrived at Tibet House's Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate New York amidst 340 acres of forests, fields and streams. Within a few days of convening, the grandmothers agreed to form a global alliance in order 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 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.
The original thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers include the following:
Aama Bombo - Tamang - Nepal
Margaret Behan - Arapaho/Cheyenne - Montana, USA
Rita Pitka Blumenstein - Yup’ik - Alaskan Tundra, 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
Clara Shinobu Iura - Amazonian Rainforest, Brazil
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
The Mission Statement of the Indigenous Grandmothers reads as follows:
We, the 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.
Click HERE to learn more about the Indigenous Grandmothers.
Click HERE to learn more about Grandma Aggie.

The Council of Indigenous Grandmothers (photo by Linda Rettinger)