The gathering is in honor of the Amazonian grandmothers Maria Alice Campos Freire, Clara Shinobu Iura and their people of Brazil. Commenting on the theme of the gathering, The Grandmothers’
Each day of the gathering will include prayers at the sacred fire and council teachings. During the course of the four-day event elders from across Brazil, including South American Native elders, will discuss issues related to water. There will be a talking circle of youth and elders discussing inspirations and concerns for the earth, and activities with the children.
Grandmother Maria Alice and her people will join with the members of the Grandmothers Council to offer prayers to soften the hearts of those making decisions for the life of the forest. The waters of Brazil are in jeopardy now, as thousands of people join together from around the world to protest the proposed Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River. This Dam would seriously disrupt the lives and livelihoods of over 20,000 indigenous peoples and contribute to a massive increase of deforestation. There are also many actions to stop the new Forest Code being proposed by the Brazilian government that threatens an increase in deforestation and a softening of regulations that protect the fate of Brazil’s rainforests.
The four day event will culminate in a candlelight vigil on Brasilia’s Plaza of Ministries at the Head of the Eagle.
We, The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.
Origins of the Grandmothers’
In the fall of 2004 thirteen indigenous Grandmothers gathered from the four directions, from Alaska, North, South, and Central America; Africa; and Asia. They came together at the Tibet House Menla Mountain Retreat center in upstate New York. Within three days they formed a Global Alliance for the good of all beings.
The Council was set in motion by a common vision, prophecies seeded decades ago in many people around the world. One of these seeds was planted by members of the Center for Sacred Studies which helps facilitate the Grandmothers’
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