Spiritual Life -13 Indigenous Grandmothers

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers is comprised of shamans and healers from the Four Directions (Gabon, Brazil, Nepal, Tibet, Mexico, Canada and the United States).

When they first convened in 2004, they realized that they were fulfilling an ancient, shared prophecy: together, they were to shake the world awake.

Alarmed at today’s violence, war, hunger, poverty, spiritual disconnection, corruption, pollution, loss of human rights, and materialism, the Grandmothers got to work.

Every six months, the Grandmothers conduct public ceremonies at gatherings on their homelands around the world. In GRANDMOTHER POWER, the Grandmothers share their personal stories and their visions for the earth’s future.

News About 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

Updates about the grandmother groups in Grandmother Power

Multi Media:

Video: Four of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers speak eloquently about their beliefs in this video: Grandmothers Mona, Agnes, Julieta, and Flordemayo.


Video: Grandmother Maria Alice Campos Freire talks about prayer, peace and water.


Behind the Scenes: See a sampling of images that are not in the book, including husbands and grandchildren, interpreters, local people and scenery that caught Paola’s attention while she was interviewing and photographing the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

Indigenous Behind the Scenes


In the News:

Group Website: The Grandmothers’ official website includes their individual biographies, describes the group’s history, and details their vision.

Gatherings: Join the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers at a public council gathering; there are two each year and the calendar is online.  

Documentary Film: Watch the trailer for the documentary film, The Next Seven Generations by Producer-Director Carole Hart, which has won accolades in film festivals ever since it was released in 2009. You can order the DVD on the film’s official web site, and learn how to host a local screening.  

More Reading: Carol Schaefer’s book, Grandmothers Counsel the World , (Trumpeter, 2006) is a collection of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers’ individual stories and wisdom.

AARP International interviewed Grandmother Margaret Behan (October 2, 2011) who shared her wisdom about "Living Your Best Life".  

Article: The 13 Indigenous Grandmothers are engaged in some important philanthropic activities that are seldom reported. Diana Rico's article for Ode Magazine describes this generous work. 

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