June 24th, 2011

Grandmothers of the World, Unite!

I recently learned of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.  I don't know anything about them.  But i thought, what a great idea.  Actually it was the idea of some Buddhist/New Age types called the Sacred Studies Center and i find it disturbing that First Peoples must still use modern and post modern channels to create panindigenous organizations.  It is perhaps not surprising that these grandmothers are most likely to come from nations that have had the greatest contact with the modern world  Six of the 13 are from the United States (since one of the others now resides in the U.S. it is fair to say that Usians dominate the council).  Ten are from the Western Hemisphere and two are Ogllala Lakota.  Though they speak with a single voice, they do so in nine languages.  But though the number of spoken languages is rapidly decreasing, their are still 6000 or more and the majority of these are tribal languages.

Each of these languages is the carrier of a unique culture which nourishes the souls of the peoples of the world and the loss of any one of them is tragic.  Speaking with one voice is great'; doing it in only nine languages is shameful.

The goals of the council are ones i share:  to preserve indigenous cultures and their sacred traditions through the next seven generations while promoting peace and understanding among all the world's traditions..  And who would be better to do this than the world's Grandmothers!