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“Grannies for Peace”

I couldn’t pass this one up (if only for the title :-)), and I want to right away give credit to the Peace and Collaborative Development Network for bringing it to my attention.  The subject is The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers .

“The Grandmothers Mission Statement

WE, THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF THIRTEEN 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.”

“On October 11, 2004, 13 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 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 – 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”

There is a lot of information and food for thought on the site. I would strongly suggest you have a click through

Take this very seriously.  Women are the heart of a society, and almost always the engine of prosperity and survival at the local level.  They know what is really going on.  Grandmothers are, in most parts of the world, powerful matriarchal figures who rule in the family circle.

If these ladies are mobilized and mobilize others like them, then IMHO, the right sort of change is underway.

Here is a video about one of the grandmothers.

IGBarb says:  “Guys you might as well go with the flow here, ’cause I doubt you would be able to resist them!”


January 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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