The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
In Indigenous cultures across the world, we find a timeless understanding of the balance of the cosmos and the Earth’s systems: land, air, water and living things (animals, humans and plants). Inherent in these cultures is a wealth of wisdom held by the elders, along with a deep cultural respect for the passing down of knowledge through generations, particularly through elder women, who carry a unique connection and responsibility to guard the Earth for future generations.
Unfortunately, the unrestrained exploitation of natural resources in the name of “progress” has severely impacted the balance of the Earth’s natural systems, poisoning not only the environment but also the most basic human interaction as we continue to see an erosion of respectful behavior and tolerance for differing cultural traditions.
Disenfranchisement of indigenous cultures is often a key pillar to making modern progress and development possible. A classic example is China, the most toxic polluter nation on Earth. China has forged the destruction of the Tibetan culture and native country in the name of progress, yet is considered a modern economic powerhouse.
Across the United States, water resources and pristine lands, such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Plains, are threatened by uranium mining and pipeline construction. Similarly, the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at faster rates than ever, despite its scientifically proven value as a global biosphere resource in its natural state, with powers beyond our comprehension.
It is from these pressing and immediate needs that the Grandmothers Wisdom: Reverence For All Creation project was born. This project centers on thirteen elder women known as the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. In 2004 the Grandmothers came together from the four directions of the Earth for the first time, uniting their diverse spiritual and cultural lineages to form a global alliance of prayer, education and activism. This partnership was created in response to visions and legends that had been passed onto them by their elders, foreseeing this time on Earth as an epoch of great transformation.
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