What an honor it was for me to experience the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Conference held in Lincoln City, OR, August 3-7, 2009. I was just one of the multitude gathered to share the wisdom shared by these Grandmothers and Ambassadors from around the world.
The Grandmothers first came together in 2004, and have been visiting each other's homes, all over the globe. I was offered an opportunity to stay in a vacation house with other women to help host a dinner for the Grandmothers at the end of the conference. What an experience! It will take quite sometime for all the images, sounds and blessings to show themselves to me. Many amazing experiences jammed into one week. These women bring their message of peace into the world through their lives. The gift of that message will be with me forever.
Thank you, Coach Louise for hosting the house and all the incredibly talented women housemates!
(Above) Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong was born in Tibet and escaped along with her family from Tibet in 1958 to India. In 1972, she and her family (four children) came to Canada as refugees. She returned to India and became one of the founding members who revived the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA). She now resides in Toronto and remains as an advisor to the TWA.
The sponsor for this gathering was Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim, is the oldest living member of her tribe, the Takelma Indians, originally from Southern Oregon. Grandma Aggie is a world renowned spiritual leader, member of the Historic Society and keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony and resides in Grants Pass, Oregon.
"We bring a new way to walk on the earth!
We gather together to celebrate life!"
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.