The Queen of My Self

We are the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. We have united as one. Ours is an alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come.

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers brings together respected wise women elders from Asia; North, Central and South America; Africa; and the Arctic Circle. The matriarchs range in age from their 50s to their 80s, with many dozens of grandchildren among them.

They are motivated by a shared prophecy, learned in their visions and dreams, that tells of a holy council of grandmothers that would convene at the Earth’s eleventh hour. Their goal is to heal the Earth and teach ancient indigenous rites that connect people to the land. Their visions indicated that prayer is an answer to the questions contemporary society is grappling with.

The women draw upon and share their individual experiences as healers, midwives, counselors, dancers, spiritual activists, medicine women, tribal elders, shamans, and advocates for sustaining indigenous ways of life. Together, they gather and combine their force to create an indomitable collective of grand maternal spiritual power.

The grandmothers meet about every six months in each other’s homelands. They gather to talk, pray and share their indigenous spiritual practices in order to strengthen the spiritual fabric of the globe. Through the marriage of spirituality and environmentalism, these women hope to infuse a new generation of inhabitants with the respect they feel the Earth requires to move forward into the new millennium.

The 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 believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. 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.

Let us follow their glorious example and join our spirit and actions with theirs.

Watch the grandmothers in action:


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Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She offers counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity. Consult the MIDLIFE MIDWIFE™

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