"We 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".
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The first gathering of the Grandmothers at Menla Mountain retreat in October 2004, where they made their momentous decision to form the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim is the oldest living female member of the Rogue River Indians. She was born September 11, 1924 near headwaters of the Siletz River in Oregon. Her grandfather was Chief George Harney, the first elected chief of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. Her Takelma and Siletz ancestors have lived in Oregon for 22,000 years.
Grandmother Agnes's native name is Taowhywee, which means Morning Star.
Grandmother Agnes grew up poor. During the Depression, they had no electricity. The family's nine children worked in the family garden. "At first we were given four plants to take care of. When I was old enough to go to school, I was responsible for four rows," she says.
By the time Grandmother Agnes graduated from high school, her parents had died and her brothers helped raise her. She worked as a doctor's assistant and scrub nurse. She married twice and had six children. Her first two husbands passed away. She then married a Yurok man. Today she has 18 grandchildren and 27 great -grandchildren and a great-great-great granddaughter. All follow the traditional ways and walk a good path.
At age 50, Grandmother Agnes attended Southern Oregon University, majoring in psychology and Native American studies. She also became a mentor and helped to found Konanway Nika Tillicum (All My Relations) Youth Academy. Over the years, Grandmother Agnes has been nationally and internationally honored for her leadership, community service, and traditional ways.In 1982, Grandmother Agnes had cancer at was at death's door. She asked Creator to let her live because her family needed her and she had a lot left to do in the world. A force began pulling her toward a spiritual path and she was told to cleanse her "inner self." As she followed that path, a huge weight fell off her shoulders. Her sight opened up and she could see psychically see with her eyes closed. Grandmother Agnes promised to walk a path which honored and respected her ancestors and future generations. She also vowed to fight to heal Mother Earth and the sacred places. "The dominant society does not agree with the native peoples' idea of sacred; they desecrate our spiritual places. We must stop this spiritual blindness, this inability to see and feel the sacred around us," she says.
The oldest of the 13 Grandmothers, Grandmother Agnes was asked to chair their council. She believes the Grandmothers are of the warrior essence handed down from generation to generation. "The Ancient Ones are speaking through our voices," she says. "From the getgo, this council originated from the Spirit World. Every one of us has been called. Through our prayers, we can touch the hearts of the people. We can help stop spiritual blindness around the world. Our prayers can be brought from the four corners of the world for this work. We can be the voice of strength, encouragement, and love, fighting for peace. Remember, even water dripping on a rock can make a difference."
Grandmother Flordemayo & the Sacred Seed Temple
Born the youngest of 15 children in the highlands of Central America, Flordemayo was found at an early age – like others in her family – to have the gift of Sight. By age four, she was being trained in the art of curanderismo which had been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Flordemayo's mother was a midwife and healer and taught her daughters in the use of herbs, women's medicine and how women are to honor and care for the Earth.
Flordemayo now lives in New Mexico. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences. She is one of The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She is the recipient of the Martin de La Cruz Award for Alternative Healing, a prestigious honor given by the International Congress of Traditional Medicine. Flordemayo is also a founding director of the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge. This organization has many active projects, including the establishment of an organic seed bank and educational outreach in support of traditional agriculture.
Grandmothers Aggie & Flordemayo at the Four Directions Wisdom Gathering, 2007
Quantum physics and traditional knowledge
agree that combining the positive energies of a group of conscious
people in a sacred space has a much greater impact than isolated,
individual efforts. Therefore, on May 18-20, 2007, high-point of the
final Fifth Day Cycle of the current 5,200-year Mayan Long Count
Calendar, Sedona author and therapist, Dr. Chet Snow, his wife,
Kallista, plus Karen Koebnick of Sedona Spiritual Journeys, convened the
first Four Directions Wisdom Gathering at the Sedona Creative Life
The 200 participants were led by a half-dozen recognized Native elders and wisdom-keepers from Turtle Island" (the Americas) and the Pacific (Hawaii), creating an "open-heart space" to share experiences and dialogue as we enter the long-predicted Times of Change or Purification, as the Hopi say, surrounding the 2012 alignment of Earth and our Solar System with the Galactic Center. This was the most-auspicious time to direct positive intentions to all our relations across Turtle Island. How can we create and sustain an Earth-friendly future together at this time?
Invited elders and teachers included Grandmothers Agnes and Flordemayo of the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, Auntie Pua, wisdom-keeper from Hawaii, Grandfather Martin of the Hopi nation, Willard Pine, Ojibway from Canada, and Native American activist, Russell Means.
Opening Prayer with Flordemayo
Grandmothers Agatha Baker Pilgrim & Flordemayo discuss the mission of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
Highlights from the Earth Healing Panel, moderated by Chet Snow, with comments from Grandmother Agatha, Flordemayo, Russell Means, Auntie Pua & Willard Pine.
Grandmother Flordemayo answers the question: "Why do the Maya revere the Crystal Skull ?".
At the request of Grandmother Margaret, horseback riders, healers and earth educators answered the call to retrace the exodus of her ancestors. In 1875, the Cheyenne had been settled against their will on an Indian Territory reservation in present day Oklahoma. Despite peaceful efforts on the part of the Cheyenne, they were not allowed to return to their home in Tongue River county, Montana. In 1878, approximately three hundred Cheyenne, escaped deplorable conditions, painfully separating the tribe. Some Cheyenne could not physically make the journey, as disease and famine had set in. Others made the difficult decision to stay, so as to not break up their families. When government officials learned of the escape, thousands of soldiers were sent to pursue the newly labeled renegades. The Cheyenne were greatly out numbered and the long journey back to Lame Deer, Montana was ladened with massacre. Longing for their homeland, the Cheyenne were determined and would not retreat.
The intention of the ride is to cleanse the blood-stained land of the Cheyenne from both sides. The wisdom of the ancestors lives deep in the soil of this nation. It is time to cultivate the seeds of the wisdom that Indigenous people died to protect. Led by Grandmother Margaret and the Cheyenne ancestors, prayer and healing ceremonies will be held at sites of sacrifice along the route. It is the wisdom of the ancestors that will be greatly honored and carried in peace in the hearts of our riders. Embracing these teachings, our earth and all Her children may begin to forgive and heal.
A documentary film crew has been invited to follow the riders along the physical trail, and into the hearts and minds of each individual as they revisit the sites of the Cheyenne Exodus, and move toward the 11th gathering of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The ultimate product will be a feature-length documentary to be shared theatrically and distributed through a yet to be determined television contract. However, the immediate benefit will be a weekly web series of the happenings on the road, both of the riders and behind the scenes! There are many souls whose hearts are called to participate in this historical and meaningful event. The web series will be an incredible way to tangibly connect with The Ride Home.