Edward Curtis film and discussion at Skidmore College

Tonight was the first time I ventured out into the night alone here in Saratoga Springs, New York. I wanted to attend a program at Tang Museum and Art Gallery, at Skidmore College. The bus comes by my building and so I rode to next stop, Skidmore College. I attended the Film Screening and Discussion, “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians.”  I saw first hand the sacrifices Curtis made in order to capture the Native People of the west. He didn’t bother to photograph east coast Native People because they were now influenced by settlers. Out west, it was still pristine and primative. Curtis felt that  Native People would disappear because of white settlers and he desperately wanted to capture a noble people.

Ian Berry, Tang Museum Director, and Jill Sweet, retired professor of Anthropology, led a discussion about their experience in co-curating the 2002 Tang exhibition, “Staging the Indian: The Politics of Representation,” which featured work from Skidmore’s extensive holdings of Curtis’ work.  I had no idea that Skidmore College had this vast collection, which is currently not available for view. It is held at the library and only a handful of professionals have seen it.

There are  going to be further programs as part of Saratoga Reads!. One of the books read was The Round House, about the Ojibwe people and the topic was rape. It is a very sensitive subject because a number of tribal women are victims of violence and rape on tribal land, and yet it is not talked about in the open. There are many secrets. A young man tries to find out what happened to his mother and why doesn’t the tribe come out in the open and do something about it. He tries to find the answers himself within his culture. It is a brave thing for  Louise Erdrich  to bring this subject out into the open. She did so brilliently.full moon

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October Travels with The Grandmothers Council

Posted By: Margin Broux
To: Members in 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world

Join Us! October Travels with The Grandmothers Council grandmotherscouncil.org

October 1st -3rd
Restoring Balance:
The Indigenous Grandmothers’ Call to the Women of the World
Fairfield, Iowa

We will be celebrating the Grandmothers and many other indigenous women from around the world, with a women’s conference, sponsored by the Global Mother Divine Organization (GMDO), the women’s wing of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement.
Global Mother Divine Organization honors the revered indigenous mothers as those who hold the seat of Mother Divine on Earth in the humility and dignity of their nourishing power.
www.gmdousa.org

October 8th -11th
Four Days of Drumming and Prayers: Turtle Women Rising in Partnership with the 18th Annual Prayer Vigil for the Earth
Washington Monument, Washington, DC

UPDATE: 24 September – * Update * Correction*
Members of the Grandmothers Council will be present to offer prayers on October 9th.
(not the 10th)

We Cannot Demand Peace. We Can Only Become It. We invite you to join us in Washington D.C. as we build community for 4 days of drumming, singing, praying and honoring our Veterans- past, present and future.
The heartbeat of the drum begins at sunrise on October 8th, with the lighting of the ceremonial fire. Join us as Turtle Women Rising hosts the Grandmothers Council in our Stand for Peace as we raise vibration together.
www.turtlewomenrising.com

October 10th -15th
Wisdom of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York

This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the timeless wisdom of indigenous elders joining together in sacred space to pray for all life and for the next seven generations to come.
This special week of traditional prayer, meditations, silence, ceremony, and council is open to all women and men of goodwill. Throughout the retreat, the 13 Grandmothers offer prayers and teachings from their own unique wisdom traditions—traditions that have served their people for hundreds of years, and are needed now more than ever—in an effort to ease war, environmental degradation, and social ills.
www.eomega.org

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To learn more about The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Please Visit their beautiful Website : www.grandmotherscouncil

Greetings and Message from the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Sept. 14-21, 2010 ~ PeaceWeek ~ A Virtual Peace Summit with the 13 Grandmothers

Dear Friend:

We are truly delighted to invite you to Peace Week, a global telesummit featuring more than 50 innovative and inspiring peace-builders — all for free!

Grandmother Flordemayo will lead a peace meditation on September 15th at 9 a.m.

On September 21st at 6:30 p.m. you will hear:

* Grandmother Agnes & her daughter Nadine

* Grandmother Rita Blumenstein & her traveling companion Marie Meade

* Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong & her son, Chimi, who will be translating

* Grandmother Aama Bombo & her translator Pramodh Singh

* Ambassador Grandmother Jyoti

Click here to find out more:
http://peaceweek.info/feature/13-Indigenous-Grandmothers

This extraordinary event is the largest virtual peace summit ever created. It will offer you profound insights to create peace in your life, your family, your community and our world.

The Virtual Peace Summit offers you an unprecedented journey of personal growth and collective change, as well as an opportunity to come together with people from around the world who deeply care about the future of our planet and the potential for humanity to make a profound shift beyond violence.

We are excited to be featured as one of dozens of teleseminars during PeaceWeek alongside leaders such as the Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Aqeela Sherrils, Shiva Rea, and Ambassador John McDonald. You’ll hear about groundbreaking work from Israel to Sri Lanka to Watts, as well as emerging innovations such as a Peace Academy or the Youth Promise Act.

And you’ll get free access to the entire PeaceWeek library of calls to inspire you for years to come (and share with friends and allies).

You can participate live on as many calls as you like and interact with both the leaders and other participants via a state-of-the-art MaestroConference platform, which will connect you to people from around the world. Or even if you can’t make live calls, go ahead and register and you can listen to any of the recordings later.

Peace Week begins Tuesday, Sept. 14th and culminates on the UN International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st) as a free offering from The Shift Network and The Peace Alliance.

Click here for details:
http://peaceweek.info/feature/13-Indigenous-Grandmothers

Please do share this invitation with friends and allies – all are warmly welcomed to participate. We look forward to sharing with you on our call!

Love and blessings,
The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Source: Email from the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Turtle Women Rising Gathering in Washington, DC for Veterans and Peace

October 8-11 2010
Washington, DC

 Join Us as We “Honor our Veterans” In this “Stand for Peace” We gather with the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers for the healing of the four hoops of life. ◦Ourselves ◦Our Families ◦Our communities ◦Our Mother Earth Turtle Women Rising held a gathering in Washington, DC in 2008, in a Stand For Peace. We are honored to share these images from 2008, and this song “New Way” with the invitation to join us in DC October 8-11, 2010.

New Way was a gift from a baby turtle, that was received by our sister Mz. imani white. We hope you will learn this song and sing with us. Whether in DC, or at your home place, please sing and drum with us in solidarity. Many Blessings to you, as we each do our part to help bring a new way to walk on the earth. Mz. imani has recently released a new CD, for more info please contact her at mzimani@gmail.com

THE VISION We are called forth: To gather the feminine energies of all life. We call upon the elders, mothers and daughters of the earth. We see our brothers and sisters, our friends and lovers ready to answer the call. It’s all about you, it’s all about us, and together it is “We”. Imagine how powerful this can be, listening to our heartbeats growing strong. “One strong heartbeat standing for Peace”. We have no words only the heartbeat of the drum. We are Turtle Women Rising, rising for Peace. We rise in Love, in Song, and in Prayer. Our faith grows strong and our own knowing of the possibilities begins to reveal itself. It is the Power of Love, the Power of life. “Yes we can imagine that”.

 We rise to support the tears of all life givers and hold in our hearts the pain of violence transforming the pain and healing all wounds. We are strengthened by faith and the knowing of our individual walk. With every sound of the heartbeat from the mallet we raise the earth’s vibrations bringing the Light closer to the mother who is healing herself. This is the Light that will heal the holes in our hearts and the hearts of all living things.

 Turtle Women Rising shares an alliance and purpose with the work of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We are honored to welcome the Grandmothers to DC as they join us in this gathering. We invite your participation to take action with us on site or at your home place consciously connecting the web of all life. We are a drum group led by Indigenous Women. We invite people of all nations who hear the call to join us as we reweave the web bringing the remembrance of our warrior and their ways. We Welcome Our Troops Home, We Welcome Our Veterans and their families into our community “You cannot demand peace you can only become it.” “You cannot fight for peace you can only live it.”

Please visit http://www.youtube.com/v/EOD-zVt8l4g&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xd0d0d0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1 to hear the song of rising. Learn the music. Then we can all join our voice and intentionstogether on the appointed day and time. We don’t need to be in DC to carry this intention in our hearts and to join the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and the Mother Earth Turtle Women Rising. May we bring healing and peace to all of Mother Earth’s children and to Morther Earth herself.

Source (www.turtlewomenrising.com)
in collaboration with the Sisterhood of Planetary Water Rites at waterblessing@msn.com

Be happy insectamonarch frieds where ever you are.

Butterfly Woman

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