In the Name of the Mother Gathering
“Women from the 4 Corners United to Stand for Water Awareness & Indigenous Revival”
Honoring World Water Day 2014 at the Sacred Site Montezuma Well in Arizona
In the year of some of the worst droughts and toxic spillage in recorded history, the appointed United Nations World Water Day symbolizes a desperately needed global call to action. Coinciding with both the Spring Equinox (March 20) and World Water Day (March 22), The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers came together from Africa, South America, and North America to lead the first international women’s gathering, In The Name Of The Mother, on March 20-23 in Yavapai County, Arizona.
The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers is a global alliance of indigenous female leaders and tribal elders representing First Nations from around the world, formed to raise awareness through ceremonial gatherings about critical environmental and humanitarian issues.
The gathering, In The Name Of The Mother, brought together hundreds of women from around the world with the focused intention of learning to remember how to live and interact as a global village in balance with the natural world. The collective teachings and messages of the Grandmothers Council calls for all peoples to understand the endemic disconnection we have created with Nature, and the importance of reviving indigenous wisdom ways to preserve life and balance for future generations to come.
In The Name Of The Mother took place at Montezuma Well; a site considered sacred by Arizona’s own Yavapai-Apache nation, and which filters over 1.4 million gallons of water every day through its limestone basin, creating a home to endemic species found nowhere else in the world. This 4-day eco-centric event is encouraging an alliance of women to step up for a much needed shift in core cultural ways, and is offering a rich experience to inspire and educate this movement forward.
“Through these moments of giving reverence to water, the women will challenge our current way of thinking about the water and environment,” says Mona Polacca (Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa), one of the Grandmother’s Council Elders. “Women will encourage a shift in values to find a different, healthier way to view our relationship with the waters and Mother Earth. We need to recognize that regardless of its utilitarian or commercial worth, water has a social, cultural, medical, religious, and spiritual value.”
Deep appreciation to the 400 women who traveled from the 4 corners to be on location at Montezuma Well in unified physical presence for the 4-day ceremony. A very special acknowledgement to co-hosts, co-creators and artists Mystic Mamma, Climbing PoeTree, MaMuse and Turtle Women Rising. And to the 1000s that joined from their homes, hearts and waters around the world THANK YOU!
~ About Indigena ~
In the Name of the Mother is the first collaborative production hosted by Indigena, a California-based organization and production team formed to facilitate gatherings with a primary focus on education of indigenous wisdom and ceremonial ways, environmental respect, and celebration of cultural convergence. Indigena hosts and produces gatherings throughout North, Central and South America, bringing together indigenous leaders, environmental activists, local communities, artists and scientists, with a unifying mission to explore humanity’s essential role in restoring balance and inclusivity for the continuity of all life.
~ About The International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers ~
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers represents a global alliance of women leaders and indigenous wisdom keepers dedicated to education and revival of a balanced relationship with the natural world. The core emphasis of their collective work and message is on the understanding that we each carry a responsibility to live sustainably so that all life can thrive and flourish for the future seven generations to come. The Grandmothers bring together their ancestral lineages, weaving their cultures into a tapestry and symbol of unity in action.
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