The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a letter

November 28, 2012

With all due respect, we present this letter as a response to some of the questions or concerns that are coming into the public about the Council and our work. We offer this in a heartfelt way.

Dear Relatives and Friends,

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers has reached this step of completing the 12th gathering. We only have two more gatherings we would like to complete so that our prayer for peace and harmony amongst all people is laid down globally. We are here in Nepal in the land of Buddha realizing how much we have grown in this deep alliance of our lines of prayer.


“I weep openly for its beauty and I feel the vibration of the Grandmothers Sacred Energies pouring out of your art Minouche.”- Ashara​

We have completed the first step of our mission as we had envisioned it. We have gone to each Grandmothers homeplace to meet their culture and the land that grew their spiritual lineage. When we first met, the alliance that we affirmed was met with our hearts and we felt all our ancestors. We felt them witness our alliance with the knowledge that this alliance was being renewed once again from a time long ago. We are just an expression of those lines of prayer that our ancestors carried. We are humble women living in this world of human life with all its challenges physically, emotionally and spiritually. In these years of the Council, our spiritual alliance was fortified. Some grandmothers were able to step forward and meet the challenges such extensive travel and global involvement require. Some have been less present due to their own personal journeys and the challenges they are meeting with their health and in their lives and communities. Even if some are less present, their lineages of prayer are present in our work and are part of our forward motion. We hold their process in a sacred way. Those grandmothers are carried in our hearts. They are our Sisters. We are all connected. We are united in prayer. We continue to hold prayer for each grandmother encouraging each of us to continue to walk with the large global family that has joined us in our walk for peace.

We have strengthened our commitment here in the land of Buddha. We are beginning to envision how to pass these teachings onto our huge global family. How to involve our youth is imperative now. We want to encourage all our family to cultivate the seeds that the grandmothers have planted along the trail. We ask you to hold this prayer in stronger ways that will grow what has been done into a strong presence around the world. As we are becoming older, we don’t know how many of us will be able to travel so far from home. That is why your presence and involvement is so needed and called for.

Love and Light,


Grandmothers Council Members

  1. Margaret Behan, Cheyenne-Arapaho, USA
  2. Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yu’pik-USA
  3. Aama Bombo, Tamang-Nepal
  4. Julieta Casimiro, Mazatec-Mexico
  5. Flordemayo, Mayan-Nicaragua, New Mexico
  6. Maria Alice Campos Freire, Brazilian Rainforest
  7. Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, Tibetan
  8. Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota-USA
  9. Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, Oglala Lakota-USA
  10. Agnes Pilgrim, Takelma Siletz-USA
  11. Mona Polacca, Hopi-Havasupai-USA
  12. Clara Shinobu Iura, Japanese, Brazilian Rainforest
  13. Bernadette Rebienot, Omyene-Gabon, Africa

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