International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers Hold Gathering in Montana: July 26 - 29, 2012

The theme of the gathering is 'Gratitude Brings Freedom' and focuses on healing generational trauma and honoring ancestors.
Grandmother Margaret Behan  Photo by Clark Mishler
Grandmother Margaret Behan Photo by Clark Mishler
July 9, 2012 - PRLog -- The eleventh gathering of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers hosted by Grandmother Margaret Behan will commence on July 26 in Lame Deer, Montana on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. The gathering will be set up as a traditional Cheyenne encampment where participants will be asked to practice self-reliance and respect for the land for the duration of the four day gathering that ends on July 29. Thirteen teepees, one for each grandmother, will encircle the sacred arbor where prayers and teachings will take place.

Participants will receive daily teachings on healing generational trauma, permaculture, buffalo preparation, beadwork and more from Grandmother Margaret’s people.  In the afternoons, the Grandmothers will convene at the central arbor to offer their teachings. In the evening everyone will be able to participate in a talking circle, to share their experiences with one another.

One of the highlights of the event will be the arrival, on Saturday July 28, of horses, riders and documentary film crew of the Grandmothers’ Horses: The Ride Home.  The ride began on June 1, at Grandmother Margaret’s request, when riders and crew set out from Fort Reno, Oklahoma on the 1,391 mile, 2 month journey in remembrance of the 1878 Cheyenne exodus.  Their long and often emotional journey will culminate in special blessings from the 13 Grandmothers in commemoration of the historic ride.

Since becoming a member of the Grandmothers Council, Grandmother Margaret has grounded her inspiration to help her people by establishing the Cheyenne Elders Council. The CEC’s special project for the eleventh Council Gathering will be the grand opening of the T’sistsistas’s Sacred School where healers of the tribe will be teaching the Cheyenne healing ways to tribal youth.

Registration to the gathering is still open and can be found on the Events page of the Grandmothers Council website:

About the Cheyenne Elders Council:
The Cheyenne Elders Council is dedicated to promoting self-healing through intergenerational training and our traditional ceremonies. We seek to reintroduce our own identity as Cheyenne people and break down the divisions between the Northern and Southern Cheyenne.

About the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers:
The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers represents a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, and all the children for the next seven generations to come.  The Grandmothers Council  was brought together by a common vision, set in motion by the Center for Sacred Studies (CSS), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural spiritual practices, ministry, and education, and committed to peace and unity for all peoples.

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