“The time has come for the Grandmothers to send a strong message to all peoples to turn our attention to the primordial experience of spirituality.”  -  Grandmother Bernadette, Omyene

Donate to Support the travel of the Grandmothers to New York for their book launch and gathering in September 2019.

Campaign Goal – USD $15,000


The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers is honored to announce our upcoming Grandmothers Wisdom: Reverence for all Creation book launch and Lift the Earth gathering in New York.

Preparations are now under way to receive the Grandmothers and offer prayers for peace, education and healing for our Mother Earth and for generations to come.

It’s no coincidence that the Grandmothers book launch and upcoming gathering are happening at a time when Mother Earth is screaming for immediate action. This is a real call to action to transform the way we unite as a force to support that which is sacred. We invite you to join us, whether you are able to attend in person or by supporting and sharing this campaign as an opportunity to be a part of this spiritual activism movement.

The Grandmothers are coming together fifteen years after the inception of the council in New York, bringing forth the importance of ancestral, indigenous and traditional wisdom as a guiding principle in these times.

With your support over the past fifteen years the Grandmothers have been able to carry on their international mission of peace and prayer accompanied by their translators and family members.  Because the Grandmother’s are advancing in age they require more care and comfort in travels and accommodations.  Now requiring a higher level of care, medical assistance and international insurance coverage, additional funding is needed.

Historically, this movement has been sustained by the unity and involvement of our international community. And once again, with your help we will make this happen.

Bringing our Grandmothers together from all over the world is costly.  Expenses for each international gathering exceeds USD $100,000.

Our crowdfunding goal is to raise a minimum of USD $15,000 to meet our indispensable requirements for traveling the Grandmothers to New York.

Together, we have raised over $100,000 over the last 3 years to create this book which carries a crucial message for the times we are living in and the ancestral wisdom of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Thanks to your support, our new book has been produced, printed and published, we are now on the last leg to take this to the finish line!  Once again your help is needed to raise the remaining $23,000 to get all the Grandmothers to New York for a Global Synchronized Prayer and launch of the book to the world. 

In expression of gratitude, donations made by September 23rd, 2019 will receive:

- $50 and over will receive a video recording of Grandmother Earth Day – A Prayer of Gratitude for Creation from 2018, including Grandmothers Aama, Mona, Flordemayo, Clara, Rita Pitka and Marie Meade.

- $100 and over will receive all of the benefits above, plus an acknowledgment in the Grandmothers website and a pdf report of the Lift the Earth gathering.

- $500 and over will receive all of the benefits above, plus an edited video recording of the Lift the Earth gathering.

- $1,000 and over will receive all of the benefits above, plus a Grandmothers Wisdom: Reverence for All Creation signed book copy and a limited edition signed print of the book cover painting.

Please help us achieve our goal by Monday, September 23rd!

The INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHERS UNIFY IN NY crowdfunding campaign is sponsored by UNIFY THE WORLD (UNIFY). UNIFY is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded in 2014. UNIFY orchestrates Globally Synchronized Events that inspire community-driven action campaigns for world peace.


Grandmother Clara
Grandmother Mona 
Grandmother Agnes
Grandmother Rita Pitka 
Grandmother/Unci Rita 
Grandmother Maria Alice 
Grandmother Flordemayo


Yangchen and Gelek Gyaltong - Grandmother Tsering Dolma’s children
Loretta and Anita Afraid of Bear - Grandmother Beatrice’s daughters
Eugenia Pineda Casimiro - Grandmother Julieta’s daughter
Maya Tiwari (Mother Maya)
Marie Arnaq Meade
Dr. Henrietta Mann
Chief Phil Lane Jr.
Robert Thurman
Nena Thurman


Dear Friends and Community,

The Grandmothers are getting ready to travel to New York next month to celebrate the "Grandmothers Wisdom" book launch and then we will travel to upstate New York for a historical event at Menla, “Lift the Earth”, where we will be joined by other spiritual leaders.

Are you being called to action to support Mother Earth and world peace? Many have requested guidance on how to respond to the chaotic state of the world. Join us in traditional dialogue, ceremonies and circles, and participate in indigenous wisdom on these topics.

We hope you can join us!

In love and peace,
Grandmother Mona Polacca


“Dearest Grandmothers, each one of you are so unique in your journey, like a garden of beautiful flowers, united your impact creates a powerful healing educational influence on our dear Mother Earth. No wonder you are 13. Thank you, bless you with love and appreciation for all your prayers, knowledge wisdom and service.”

- Louise R, OR, USA

"Que la Terre vibre au rythme du cœur de toute Femme animée par la Santé, la Nature et la Famille! "
(May the Earth vibrates to the rhythm of the heart of any woman driven by Health, Nature and Family!)

-Stéphanie N, Fréjus, FR

“Honor, respect and courage for the path they have chosen. It is through women the future is created as they teach their young. Balance and harmony with respect for self and others. Blessings!”

-Judi S, AZ, USA

“Thank you Grandmothers, for your wisdom, your commitment to a sustainable world, and your prayers for peace.”

-Debby O, NY, USA


October 13, 2004
Phoenicia, NY, USA

We are thirteen indigenous grandmothers who came together for the first time from October 11 through October 17, 2004, in Phoenicia, New York. We gathered from the four directions in the land of the people of the Iroquois Confederacy.

We come here from the Amazon rainforest, the Alaskan Tundra of North America, the great forest of the American northwest, the vast plains of North America, the highlands of Central America, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the mountains of Oaxaca, the desert of the American southwest, the mountains of Tibet and Nepal and from the rainforest of Central Africa.

Affirming our relations with traditional medicine peoples and communities throughout the world, we have been brought together by a common vision to form a new global alliance.

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.

We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the contamination of our air, waters and soil, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the threat of nuclear weapons and waste, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics which threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, the exploitation of indigenous medicines, and with the destruction of indigenous ways of life.

We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking and healing are vitally needed today. 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. We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.

We join with all those who honor the Creator, and to all who work and pray for our children, for world peace, and for the healing of our Mother Earth.

For all our relations.

Aama Bombo – Tamang

Agnes Pilgrim – Takelma/Siletz

Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance - Oglala Lakota

Bernadette Rebienot - Omyene

Clara Shinobu Iura - Brazilian/Japanese

Julieta Casimiro - Mazatec

Margaret Behan – Cheyenne/Arapaho

Flordemayo - Mayan

Maria Alice Campos Freire - Brazilian

Mona Polacca – Hopi/ Havasupai/Tewa

Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance – Oglala Lakota

Rita Pitka Blumenstein – Yup’ik

Tsering Dolma Gyaltong – Tibetan

41664916_1567205256823417_r.jpegABOUT UNIFY

At UNIFY, we conduct Global Synchronized Meditations and Collective Social Impact Campaigns to contribute to the growing field of peace on earth. We unite communities to elevate consciousness on Peace Day, Yoga Day, Water Day, Earth Day, and more. 


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