The fourth annual benefit for the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers will be held this year at Golden Gate Park on Saturday, August 21.. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park. The Center for Sacred Studies and Cafe Gratitude are sponsoring this fundraising benefit to support the fifth annual conference scheduled to be held in Japan later this year. at the Music Concourse Bandshell in the park.
The Council is a global alliance devoted to prayer, action, and education for the healing, preservation, and honoring of our Earth, our children and grandchildren, all nations, and all of Creation. The Council was created out of the visions, dreams, and prayers to meet the unprecedented destruction of our lands, waterways, indigenous ways of life, and lack of respect for one another. Through prayer, healing, and education, the Council is devoted to bringing harmony with the help of all the grandmothers and those who seek to repair the damage we have done to our planet. Grandmother Agnes believes that we are being prompted by our ancestors to heal to day for the future generations, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is our gift, and we better use it wisely.”
This year’s event features two of members of the Council, Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim (Tikelma Siletz) from Grants Pass, Oregon and Grandmother Flordemayo (Mayan) from Nicaragua and New Mexico. Both these wise grandmothers will be joining with us to that we can better work together to protect, heal, and preserve our world for the next seven generations.
Agnes Baker Pilgrim , an elder and spiritual leader of her tribe, Grandmother Agnes’ Taowhywee (Morning Star) is the Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. She revived the ceremony after over 150 years since it was banned by colonizers. Her family is of the Siletz and Takelma from the Table Rocks area along the Rogue River, near the headwaters of the Siletz River. The eldest member of the Council, Grandmother Agnes was asked to be its chair. Called together by Jyoti, the Director of the Kayumari, a spiritual community based in California, the Council first convened in South America four years ago. Grandmother Agnes says: “It is my hope…that the Grandmother’s Council will mushroom throughout the world.That women will start circling up, come together, and bond together, to help one another be better, stand tall with their voices.”
Flordemayo, the Director of the Institute of Natural and Traditional Medicine, president of the Confederation of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and is a Mayan elder and Curandera Espiritu (spiritual healer). She is also a Sun Dancer. Flordemayo believes that it is “time for there to be no secrets about the plants and their medicinal properties, no more barriers to others’ understanding their uses.” According to Flordemayo, “We live now with chaos and intensity. There is just so much out there to see and to witness and to hear…pray with every breath.” (Grandmothers Counsel the World, by Carol Schaeffer).
Carol Hart, Emmy and Peabody award winning Film Director, will be honored for her film, “Seven Generations.”
The fund raiser for the Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers will feature a Spirit Walk of Peace, displays of the Four Directions, Prayers for the Waters,Taiko and Native Drumming, music, dance, and prayers for the healing of the planet and all the nations. Performances will include: Ann Rosenkrantz will sing Call All Nations, drumming and music from all the nations, Goodshield Aguilar (indigenous soul performer), Turtle Women Rising, Jayne Laura, and other local and regional artists and performers.
A number of inspirational and motivating speakers will be present including: Grandmother Agnes, Grandmother Flordemayo, Jyoti, Terces Englehart, Phillip Meshekey,
For more information on Spirit Rising, contact: www.grandmotherscouncil.com or call 831.420.2700.
This is an event for the whole family. Grandmothers, bring your children and grandchildren.