Indigenous Voices from COP10 in Nagoya, Japan, Year of Biodiversity

One good thing about technology is that with videos and cameras we are able to listen to the Sages of the world speak for the living Earth. They teach and remind us that the Earth that we live on is a gift of life to us all.  We are all related. We are dependent upon Mother Earth to support our very lives. We need the butterfly and bee to pollinate our crops. We need the animal kingdom for food. We need trees for shelter, to heat our homes and cook our food. We need the plants of the Earth for medicine and food as does the animal, bird, reptile, insect or fish. We need pure water as does all of creation on this planet. We must stop abusing Mother Earth.

Earth Foundation and Green TV were in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010 for the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity and recorded the voices of Mona Polacca and Agnes Baker-Pilgrim. Both elders are members of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.  I am noting below the videos produced by Green TV.  I regret that there is some hesitancy in the voice control. None the less, the words of wisdom from both Grandmothers is too important to miss.

May we all learn before it is too late. We need to protect Mother Earth for future generations.

Listen to The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers who spoke at this global environmental event.

Grandmother Mona Polacca, Hopi Elder.
Ancestral Voices Grandmother Mona Polacca at

Ancestral Voices Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim at 

Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim


  1. Just a brief correction: The 13 Grandmothers alliance is actually The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Thank you for helping spread their important words and prayers!


    1. Hi Laura, Thank you for your comment. I will modify the text to be sure that the words are correct re: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
      My friend Alana Hrabcakova studies with the Center for Sacred Studies at
      I am a council guide for the Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites. Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer the founder knows some of the Grandmothers. We support your work. Peace and Love, Mary Ellen


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