Anchorage Alaska to Host 9th Gathering of the Int’l Council of 13
A Youth Environment Education Program will include traditions in tending
a sacred fire.
Women and children will be blessed indoors.
Convening on May 18, 2011 at the Dena’ina
Center in Anchorage Alaska, the International Council of 13
Indigenous Grandmothers will open their 9th Council gathering. The
gathering is open to the public through May 21.
Hosting the gathering is Yup’ik elder and healer, Grandmother Rita
Pitka Blumenstein. The theme, “Healing the Spirit from the Light
Within,” will manifest through three and a half days of prayer
ceremonies, healings and cultural exchanges.
The gathering begins with a traditional Eklutna Leader’s welcome,
followed by the Yup’ik purification dance known as Tarvamaramken.
Local dignitaries include Alaska Federation of Natives President,
Julie Kitka, former State Senator, Arliss Sturgelewski, and Father
Three times daily at the sacred fire in the park, each of the 13
Grandmothers is scheduled to offer prayers from her respective
tribal tradition. The Grandmothers will offer a special blessing of
the homeless, veterans (men and women) and men at the sacred fire. A
Youth Environment Education Program will include traditions in
tending a sacred fire. Women and children will be blessed indoors.
Each morning and afternoon Open Council roundtables will be held
during which participants can publicly address the Grandmothers.
Open Council themes include the role of women and motherhood,
restoring your foundation and peace (mental, physical, spiritual
health), healing Mother Earth, and balancing life with laugher,
tears and healing.
Grandmothers’ Mission Statement:
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’ Council:
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 many activities.