13 Grandmothers

Age and circumstances do not limit what is possible as we grow older. Consider the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. In 2004, these thirteen older women gathered in upstate New York to create a global alliance. This is their commitment:

We come together
to nurture, educate and train our children. We come
together to uphold the practice of our ceremonies and
affirm the right to use our plant medicines free of
legal restriction. We come together to protect the lands
where our peoples live and upon which our cultures depend,
to safeguard the collective heritage of traditional
medicines, and to defend the earth Herself. 

Each grandmother comes from a different culture and brings their unique women’s wisdom to the group. Read their stories. They have published a book, do media interviews, are completing a documentary film, and travel the globe hosting workshops and speaking out.

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