Friday, April 15, 2011

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Grandmothers Do Their Peace

In many Latin American First Nations, the role of the grandmother considered sacred. A keeper of wisdom and healing, these medicine women/shamans hold a special place within their communities. In 2004, an International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers came together for the first time – forming a global alliance of prayer, education, and healing for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. The formation of the council arose from the need to create solidarity among first-nation people around the world, (three of them are from: Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil). The council is concerned with the destruction of Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. The council meets every six months, hosted by one of the Thirteen Grandmothers. The hosting grandmother shares her culture, her way of life, and her way of healing. Their wisdom combined can help to re-educate how we see our world and future. The work of these grandmothers can also help us become aware of our responsibility as human beings toward our planet.