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.

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Grandmother Mona Polacca, Hopi Elder.
Ancestral Voices Grandmother Mona Polacca at http://vimeo.com/channels/144533#16963069

Ancestral Voices Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim at 

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Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim

http://vimeo.com/channels/144533#16989714

October Newsletter Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites

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                               Messages from the Clan and Grandmothers     

We are in the 10th Moon Cycle the Clan Mother for October is Weaves the Web, she burns a pink candle, She encourages us to be creative with our hands to bring about the beauty from within in a tangible, visible creation as does the Spider and her Web. Through our Spirit we show that we are of service to All Our Relations. Grandmother of October shows us how to release what we do not need. This is the time of the West..of reflection and introspects. We are shown how to tap into the life force. WE CAN BECOME OUR DREAMS..WHEN WE TAP INTO OUR OWN TRUTHS AND WE ARE WHO WE SHOULD BE, NOT WHAT OTHERS NEED US TO BE.

The Grandmothers that have came to me this month have been very gentle. They come to me lately with comfort as they see how I am seeking rest now. They say we all should be preparing ourselves for the coming of next year. To be ready as there is going to be great great changes upon the Earth that will affect all of us. Some are seeing and feeling this already and that is why we are feeling drained..we are not paying attention to the ley lines of our own existence. Letting go is healing, even though it can be devastating at times because we are hanging on to what we have grown use to for whatever reason. As we go within we know what is good for us, what does not feel right when we move in a certain direction.  The Grandmothers say, “Walk with love and grace. As you are part of the Devine, let your light shine so that others will see your Truth.” They say we are the anecdote for the destruction of our Mother. We are the medicine needed to calm the realms and powers that be. The women are the source of the healing for peace to come into existence. 

AHO, Blessings, Grandmother Whitedeer

We still have a few calendars left…great for Christmas Gifts!  To order  your copy e-mail Tonya at whitebuffalowoman@msn.com

Our Sister Urbara Scott has offered her help in fundraising projects…I am sure that others would like to jump on board with this..therefore; I think we can develop some committees, one being Fundraisning.

Urbara has graciously donated a huge stack of mailing envelopes so that I could send out all of the Instructions for the Ancient Water Ways Blessing from the Grandmothers. Thank You Urbana for this gift.

 Susan Amari and I have been speaking of a Store developed through our Links that would have its own page with information linking those of our Sisterhood that have products to sell. We have Grandmother Isabel le in Canada that has two CD’s of her music..some traditional some contemporary. They both are very rewarding and bring about a since of ceremony just listening to them.  Alicia Whitewolf has a book and CD’s for sale, JoAnn Skywatcher has a book, Earlene Gleisner has several books and a new one coming out very soon.  I do some crafts and Prayer shawls that would earn me a little egg money if I sold them on line.Susan Amari sell will be selling her wonderful healing teas. There are several more and I am sorry if I have not listed your name but I am giving examples of what we can do. This is part of who we are and what we can do to support one another. This feature hopefully will be up and running by January of 2011. Have your pictures ready if you do not already have a web site to link to..We are hoping to have this store open in January..we need a name, anyone have any ideas?.

I would like to bring about the exchanging of waters from sources around the world; I really need someone to be the monitor for this. To work out a program from sending our Blessed Waters to our Sisters or anyone wishing to have the CORE blessed water from our Sisterhood…this water is created through the blessing using the Belaspata  Method of the Devine Mother and has been gone through a Water Blessing ceremony. Our Sister Rain on the Earth is working on an on-line 6 week work shop on this powerful knowledge. It is something that is a very useful tool in our working with Blessed waters.

From the Desk of Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

Dear Friends:I continue to take my “assignment” as a message carrier to heart. I believe that critical-mass, grassroots activism transforms consciousness which in turn, changes history. I believe that humanity is at a crossroads and that what women do in the next few decades will determine the fate of life on this beautiful, abundant planet.  
I’m an advocate for a UN sponsored 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) as a rallying point that would raise consciousness, network women worldwide and at a time of transition, could be the tipping point. Click here to sign petition.Activism and individuation (to find a meaningful, inner directed, chosen life-path) come together when the choices we make express who we are. There is a soul purpose to life. Be centered, and archetypes, dreams and synchronicities provide depth and direction. As one phase of life shifts into the next, energy becomes free to take on something that is personally meaningful, fun, creative and motivated by love-my definition of “assignment.”

 This is a beautiful testimony of the Ojibwe women walking around the Great Lakes at http://www.livestream.com/indiancountrytv/video?clipId=pla_678630db-b762-4df4-97f8-bc4915023428

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin.    Thank You Grandmother for Keeping Traditions Alive for our Waters and Mother Earth

Some of you do not know Grandmother Aggie..She is The Head Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and has been working with water blessings and is a dedicated humanitarian..here is a smaill u-tube of her ..  ..http://sacredceremonialsforthesalishsea.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/474/

Dear Friends,I’m excited to share with you about an upcoming community event I’m sure you won’t want to miss!  This is the long-awaited Grants Pass (hometown  showing of “For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak” on Nov. 6, 2010 at 7PM. Doors open at 6:30PMTickets are $10 and up sliding scale.  This fundraiser supports the work the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, including local ambassador Grandma Agnes Baker-Pilgrim.

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I would love to share all of the Sisters Newsletters but each month I will try and showcase at least one. Our Sister Carol Bridges brings eye candy with her newsletter as she shares with us her fabric art. Enjoy!

 

October 2010 Newsletter From Carol Bridges

 
  “To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.” Wendell BerryIn this time of fall, night comes early. A local drought calls all the plants to give up the forms which most nourish us, their flower, fruits and beauty. And, if we dare, we face the awful news of some world situation and search more deeply for that which brings us comfort.Even when personal crisis overshadows all that is going on around us, somehow we find “hope.” Hope is something we don’t think about when all is well. It is an elixir to counteract despair and disempowerment. Whenever I hear the word, it is like hearing an unfamiliar footstep in the night.Yet, this mysterious sound, the footstep of Hope, is usually coming to grab your heart and take you blindfolded into some experience you would never have without this companion, some experience which will empty you of fear instantly and call you to respond with all your heart and power.

And in that spontaneous action, you will be freed of some great limitation that you did not know you had.

“It is only at one hundred degrees intensity that one evaporates from the material into the spiritual, from the earth into the sky, from the ordinary into the extraordinary.” Osho

One night Hope will come and say, “Drop everything and dedicate yourself to the welfare of others. Do what you really want to do. Be all you are. Now!” Then she will vanish.
© 2010 Carol Bridges

 
     

 

         
     
         
  “When Trees are Happy.” As I walk to the garden in August, I experience the exuberance of trees gently dancing in the breeze. They are full of leaves waving, some are laden with pears or apples. Colors are beginning to change. I feel welcomed by the path and the living spirit in all things. Pink coneflowers were filled with butterflies this year, and there was movement everywhere. This quilt is an abstraction of all those qualities into the feeling I have in my yard. 38″ x 46″   www.CarolBridgesArtQuilts.com   “Transformation.” Rebirth is constantly taking place on this wondrous planet. The forest landscape transforms into a butterfly ascending. The butterfly transforms into the womb of new creation of bounty and health for the whole. May Earth Mother rise up once again; and may we give thanks for her constant recreation. 25″ x 18″. $485.  

              In closing I want to remind everyone that we do have a wonderful Blog page with great

             Messages and comments… just go to our web www.waterblessings.org  and click onto our

             Blog page, create an account if you do not already have one to be able to post a comment.

             If you want to add a new subject please write to me and I will sign it for you and add your name

             as the submitter.

I hope that October has not been to harsh on any of your as the whirlwind of energy can be very overwhelming if you  are not  prepared to undertake the great waves of Spirit help that has been coming our way for the past few weeks.

I chose to bury myself in craft projects as the Grandmothers spoke of and getting plenty of good ole zzzzzzzzz’s

Much Love, Many Blessings with Honey in the Heart..Grandmother Whitedeer

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

Nibi Wabo Water Ceremony

Gladyce Nahbenayash of Superior, Wisconsin, an enrolled Ojibwe member of Sault Ste. Marie  Chippawa Tribe, of Michigan, was a guest speaker at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College’s Environmental Film Festival on 28 January 2010. 

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Driftwood view of Lake Superior

  Happy Tonics, Inc. is the sponsor of the II Annual Winter Film Festival throughout Northern Wisconsin.  The tribal college, LCO-UW-Extension, NNAHA Environmental Health Services, Sustainable Living Institute and Institute of Museums and library Services are cosponsors for the program that is running November 2009 – May 2010. The film Flow was shown.  Please see this film.  It will bring each of us closer to the global water issue on a profound level at http://www.flowthefilm.com/ 

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Lake Superior

Read about the Sault Ste. Marie’s Tribal Interpretive Center at http://www.saultstemarie.com/sault-tribe-of-chippewa-indians-interpretive-center-229/ 

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Gladyce spoke about the sacredness of water.  She told us the following:  Water is the gift of life. Water is sacred.  Water is alive and guided by spirits.  Water is the transporter of other energies.  Sing to the water to resonate vibrational healing.  Give thanks to the water in ceremony.  Water assists us in power.  Give offerings to the water spirits.  Give tobacco ties for water ceremony.    Do a water ceremony around the New Moon.  Water spirit is feminine.  Water ceremony is fluid.  

I first read of the Water Ceremony in Mazina’igan, a Chronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe.  The article “Nibi Wabo” a Woman’s Water Song was published in the winter 2007/2008 issue, pg. 20.  We are reprinting the article but not the sing.  The originators want the ceremony to be shared with women around the world. 

Nibi Wabo Water Ceremony 

Please honor the following request:  It is important to be aware that, while the originators of the Water Song want it to be shared, [they] ask that it not be shared through the internet. Mazina’igan hopes this request will be respected.   

At the end of February 2002 in the time of the Bear Moon, a ceremony was held in the backwoods of Kitigan‑zibi reserve. Thirteen grandmothers participated in this ceremony, among them Algonquin and mixed blood women. Between the thirteen, the four races of women were represented. This ceremony had not been done in one hundred and fifty years. 

This was the time before the hand drum had come to the woman, the time when we still played the sticks. The grandmother who brought this vision to completion underwent a spiritual process that lasted four years from the time the vision was presented to her until the time of the actual ceremony. She has chosen to remain anonymous, and the other twelve women present are the guardians of the ceremony that we have been asked to pass on to the women of the world. 

The ceremony includes a song, a ceremonial staff and led to a series of related teachings that we have received since then. These are not yet ready to be shared.  It is time for the women to assume their responsibilities. We are the keepers of the water because we are more in tune with the natural cycles. Traditionally, in most cultures, the women are considered the keepers of the water. We have the connection and the ways and the ceremonies to bless and purify our waters as well as the waters that make up 70% of our physical bodies. 

We are living in the days of the great purification of the Earth. We have the choice to sit by helplessly watching the events take place or to be active participants in easing her passage. It can be as simple as singing a song at a river bank, putting our hands over a bowl of water for our children’s consumption, giving thanks and blessing the water that goes into our morning coffee, or picking up the garbage at the beach. 

We would like to share this song with the women of the world. Teach it to your daughters, granddaughters, sisters, aunties, mothers, and grandmothers. Teach it to all the women you know. Go and sing at lakes and rivers, wells and oceans and at the kitchen sink. Mother Earth is bleeding. It is our turn now to help Her, who has given us so much through this crisis. Let’s not wait to be asked. Let’s not wait to be forced. 

Let’s do it now, together. The ceremony is a simple one. Women in a circle playing birch bark clapper sticks, is what was shown. The sticks are about eight inches long and about two inches wide. That is all. In areas that have no birch trees, seek out the branches of the trees that are traditionally connected to women or the water and use these. 

Of course, it is needed much and at any time of the year, but the grandmothers have asked that the water ceremony be done particularly at the thirteenth moon which is the moon at the end of February/March. They have also taught us that all women’s ceremonies are best done at the new moon. It was also asked that the notes are not changed. Period. 

It has been asked also that only women can sing this song because of the connection between our menstrual blood and the blood of the Earth, which is the water.  It is to be sung one time for each of the seven directions—east, south, west, north, above, below, and within. It can be played on a hand drum, but in its original form it was played on the white birch sticks… 

In February 2003 the ceremony was held again for the second time, and this time there were two or three thousand women (that we know of) around the world who were singing over the water ways of Mother Earth at the same hour.  A sacred fire was held in Maniwaki (Kitigan-zibi) Quèbec for these women. 

The countries included the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Brazil, Columbia, Germany, Holland, Japan, Italy, Senegal, New Zealand, Jamaica, and Mexico to name only a few. It is the music that purifies the water. The words were given in Algonquin/Ojibwa to the women in this community to pass on. 

It is always best to preserve sacred things in their original form. According to the original vision, the thirteen grandmothers stood on the ice in order to absorb the teachings from the water under their feet. It was asked to bring the ceremony in for four straight years in the land where it was received so as to set it in time once again. On March 10, 2005 the fourth ceremony was held. All was done as shown. Thirteen women sang on the ice and an Algonquin elder sat in the center of the circle holding the Grandmother Staff and a Bald Eagle that was donated for the ceremony. That night women on every continent of the Earth sang in unison. We were about nine thousand or more. The feathers of the Eagle were distributed to spiritual elders and healers around the world. 

The next Nibi Wabo ceremony should have been held on the thirteenth new moon counting from the tenth of March 2005. It always falls between the middle of February and the middle of March. This is the moon that opens up the door when the ancient Grandmothers are most easily accessed. (This door can also be accessed by all women when they are on their moontime.) And at this time (the thirteenth moon), it has been asked to have the full ceremonials, whereever possible.  This includes a sacred fire lit right before sunset which burns for thirteen hours during the night. We include the men as the firekeepers, but if no men are available, women firekeepers are chosen. The women go out after dark onto the ice to bless the water and return for a traditional feast that ends with a giveaway ceremony. It is an opportunity for the women to spend the night together so they can share knowledge and teachings with each other. 

This thirteenth door is actually open for the four days from the time of the last sliver of moon until the first sliver of rising appears. Hopefully one day we will be able to spend this full four days together with the women.  Remember that this is a water ceremony, a woman’s ceremony. It is fluid.  There is no need for rigid ‘protocol.’ There are no set ‘rules’ as to how it should be done apart from the Grandmothers’ requests. Every woman will add her own touch, her own wave or ripple. The water song can be done at each new moon or even every day to bless our water. It can also be done on each other, over our food and our animals—anywhere water is present. 

The old thirteen moon calendars are also returning. Many women (and men) are having visions. Other water ceremonies are coming back, and new technologies coming through as we realize that in a very short time there may be no more drinking water for the next generations unless we act NOW.  The elders tell us that if we don’t act now we may not have any clean water left within ten years. They tell us that it may already be too late unless women everywhere make the water their first priority. Pass it on. 

 In the Algonquin way, the spring, when the first water starts to run, is the time that the women offer tobacco ties to the water in thanks. In the summer, it is the time for the Rain Dances and the ceremonies of renewal. In the late fall in the time when the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) come out in the north, water ceremonies are also done. And in the cold of winter, the Nibi Wabo ceremony to honor the Grandmothers is held. It is good. It is necessary now more than ever. The elders tell us that if things continue the way they are, we may not have any clean water left within 10 years. They tell us that it may already be too late. Unless women everywhere make the water their first priority. Now. 

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Grains near Lake Superior

We will offer a women’s healing circle to promote the sacredness and sustainability of the natural world.  Donna Alena Hrabcakova, Art Therapist, at Red Lake Reservation, Michigan at http://www.rlnn.com/newsarticlesnov03/aboutRL.html  is a student at the Center for Sacred Studies.  She is studying under the direction of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.  Alena will be coming to Northern Wisconsin, in the summer of 2010.  She will give a talk about her work and studies and show the film: The Next Seven Generations.  To acquaint yourself with the documentary, click on the following link at http://www.forthenext7generations.com/home.php 

If you are interesting in attending a water ceremony, Alana’s talk and film, please contact diadeluz@centurytel.net  We haven’t set a date yet.  We would love to put an Eco tourism package together to honor the water at Wisconsin Point beach on Lake Superior.  The film and feast will take place in Shell Lake where the Monarch Butterfly Habitats and Happy Tonics are located.