Dr. Melissa Nelson recently returned from a trip to Kathmandu, accompanying the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, honoring their 12th Council gathering in Nepal, the homeland of Grandmother Aama Bombo.
Grandmothers around the world are stepping up to the fight. Whether it’s for the environment, human rights, education, health or cultural preservation, a new generation of activist elder women across the world are using their strength, wisdom, and their hearts to make a difference in our communities. Today the majority of grandmothers in the United States (approximately 40 million strong) are between the ages of 45 and 64, younger than they’ve ever been historically and far too young to retire. They are healthier, better educated and because they work, better off than grandmothers have ever been.
These demographics and life experiences make contemporary grandmothers more energetic and effective than ever before. All that adds up to a lot of grandmother power! Many grandmothers consider our troubled world and conclude, “This place is not good enough for my grandchildren.” So, they are forming activist groups all over the world. Tribal Grandmothers from a diversity of cultures are using their strength, wisdom, and hearts to make a difference in their communities.
“Over the past 7 years I have been traveling with the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers,” says Dr. Melissa Nelson. “My hope is that in sharing these women’s lives and stories and by including my own, we may come into a deeper dialogue within our local communities about how we may realize, for the sake of our children, our Mother Earth and our community, the interrelatedness of all life on this planet.”
On Friday, January 25 at 7 pm Dr. Nelson invites you to travel around the world with these beautiful Grandmothers and experience a glimpse of their communities. She will share her stories and a slideshow of pictures of her adventures over the past 7 years traveling with the Grandmothers including some of the teachings, prayers and prophesies of these Indigenous elders.
Witness their evolution as a Council of Women, how they come together in prayer, to be a voice for the voiceless – Mother Earth, the trees, the air, the water, creatures and the children at the Nelson Healing Center, located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. You can find out about other services, classes and learning opportunities here online. Please, call the clinic at 920.818.0045 to register for this event as space is limited. There is no charge to attend but donations to this cause are accepted.