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Roots of Humanity

Hosted by Grandmother Bernadette Rebienot

"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 Grandmothers Gathering in Libreville, Gabon, Central Africa from July 23rd to 26th 2015.

The Grandmothers Council and our supporters have put together a diverse range of unique and commemorative rewards for donors to the Africa crowdfunding. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see which rewards best meet your support wishes.

Revised Financial Minimum Goal – USD $40,000
(This is the official crowdfunding goal.)

A Global Invitation

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers is honored to announce our upcoming 13th Official Gathering to be hosted by Grandmother Bernadette Rebienot in her home village of Oyenano in Gabon, Central Africa.

Preparations are now under way in Grandmother Bernadette’s home village to embrace her sister grandmothers and offer prayers for peace and healing for the world. We are grateful and looking forward to visiting and honoring Grandmother Bernadette and the African continent to pray for all our relations.

The Grandmothers are in our 11th year of bringing wisdom and knowledge of native peoples and spiritual traditions from our cultures to everyone who is devoted to insight from ancestral lineages.

Producing Grandmother Bernadette’s event in her home village of Oyenano is an enormous task requiring the support of many people. 

With your help we can make it happen. We honor and treasure all of you.

Grandmother Bernadette and her people must prepare and renovate Oyenano Village in order to accommodate the Grandmothers and the activities for the public gathering that will bring an influx of 400 to 500 participants from all over the world. 

Essential on-site improvements include handicap accessibility, housing, bathrooms and lavatory plumbing, basic infrastructure improvements and renovation, telecommunications, site safety and much more.

Our intention is to use the funds to produce the Gathering and help repair and renovate Oyenano Village’s infrastructure and make it more usable for the villagers’ future ceremonies and cultural gatherings. 

We must bring our Grandmothers with our family travel companions, translators and medical staff from each of our home countries, travel that takes both time and money.

Bringing our Grandmothers together from all over the world is costly. Costs for each Council Gathering exceed USD $200,000. 

To this end, we have already raised more than USD $50,000 through donations from foundations and private donors for Grandmother Bernadette's Gathering .

Celebrating the completion of the circle of the 13th Official Grandmothers Council will be an exhilarating life transforming event for everyone – the Grandmothers, our support team and all participants who journey from the four directions of our home planet to join in the festivities and devotional prayer.

We heartfully invite all lovers of native wisdom to assist the Grandmothers in completing our 10-year mission by helping Grandmother Bernadette fulfill her dream to host the completion Council Gathering in her spiritual village of Oyenano.

We invite each and every one of you to join with us in joy and prayer in Oyenano Village!

Your support is gratefully appreciated.

Join our festivities … Join our dance … Join our prayer.

A Special Message From Grandmother Bernadette 
"In Africa, grandmothers are (considered) living libraries of each of our own history because their footprints cannot be erased. They represent the historic memory of all humanity. These women's shadow inform us and continues to teach us through diverse experiences.

One of our proverbs says: 

Grandparents are inextinguishable flames. 
They are, in fact, eternity itself."

Grandmother Bernadette
May 21st, 2015

A Special Message from Grandmother Maria Alice

Budget Allocation – How Donations Will Be Used

The Grandmother Council operates on donations from people just like you.

With your kind financial support we can travel the world working diligently for peace and justice for all people, for our land, water and air, for our natural resources, food systems and all living beings.

We honor and treasure your support and generosity. Here is a rough breakdown of how we will use funds when we meet our minimum needs of $40,000 US dollars.

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What People Are Saying About the Grandmothers Council

“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

About the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

October 13, 2004

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

Donor Rewards and Shipping

For rewards photos and detailed descriptions please visit our website's rewards page at:

All donor rewards will be shipped in early August, after the July Gathering in Africa is completed.

Shipping to countries outside the United States will incur an additional shipping charge.

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July 2, 2015

A Special Note From the Grandmothers Council:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are so grateful to share this news with you!!!

Thanks to your generous support we just reached our revised campaign goal of $40,000!!!!

Because of your prayers and support the Africa Gathering is happening!!!

We will continue accepting your generous contributions on our website’s donation page at

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

With gratitude, love and blessings,

The Grandmothers Council
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Dear Donors,

A big thank you for your help and support for the 13th Gathering of the Grandmothers to be held in a few days in Africa.

May God bless you and may every sunrise brings Health, Success and Longevity in your life, for a blessing is never lost.

The Oyenano Village thanks you for your Love and your Solidarity.

Grandmother Bernadette
July 1, 2015
Oyenano Village
Gabon, Africa
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July 1, 2015: A Special Note From the Grandmothers Council:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you very much for your last minute financial support of the Grandmothers Africa Gathering crowdfunding campaign.

At our most recent tally this morning, your contributions have totaled about $37,823, very close to helping us achieve our revised goal of $40,000.

We are barely three weeks away from the Gathering taking place in Gabon so we have decided to leave the campaign open until we have reached our $40,000 goal.

Reaching our revised goal of $40,000 with only about $2,177 remaining will greatly help us cover the Africa Gathering production costs.

With gratitude, we thank you for your heartfelt support,

The Grandmother Council
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We thank you from our hearts for your support and contributions!

We’ve created a very special reward for the last week of our campaign!

All of you are well aware of the devastation that has visited the people of Nepal and the Himalayan region, due to the earthquakes and aftershocks that have occurred there during the last two months.

To show our sisterhood and solidarity for our Nepali Grandmother, Aama, we have decided to create a very special commemorative T-shirt specific for the Africa Gathering.

$5 of every Africa Gathering T-shirt sale will be donated towards Grandmother Aama’s earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.

Our vintage-soft 100% Cotton T-shirts are available on both women's and men's styles and sizes, and in two different colors.

Please click here for more information and to view the different colors:

* Please make sure you indicate your T-shirt style (W for women’s or M for men’s), color and size (S, M, LG, XL, XXL) on your check out message field.
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GM Agnes' special appeal to the Grandmothers' newsletter subscribers and Facebook followers to make the Africa Gathering live video stream happen.
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Receive the heartfelt gratitude of the Grandmothers Council through a thank you card and official logo sticker.
GMC pin
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Wear the Grandmothers Council pin with joy and pride, displaying your support of this sacred alliance of Global Peace and Prayer.
GMC web credit
Receive the heartfelt gratitude of the Grandmothers Council by having your name listed on our special Africa Gathering donors page on the Grandmothers website.
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A beautiful set that includes the Grandmothers thank you card, the official logo sticker and four-direction bracelets (set of four) bundle.
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Get the Grandmothers Council “New Way” theme song, included in the “They Dream of Us” CD by Imani.
Commemorative T-shirt for the GMC Africa Gathering. $5 of every GMC T-SHIRT sale will be donated towards GM Aama’s earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.
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Grandmother Bernadette’s DVD, “La Guérisseuse de la Forêt" (Healer of the Forest) - in French.
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“Cihautal”is part of a acrylic collection donated by Estela De Colores. To view more of Estela’s artwork go to
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“Offering for Life” is part of a acrylic collection donated by Estela De Colores. To view more of Estela’s artwork go to
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Omega Institute audio recording (set of 4 CD’s) of "The Wisdom of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers" from August 2009.
Travel Altar
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This distinctive box has most items you may need as a traveling altar to keep in your car or to take with you on a journey. Donated by Linda Rettinger.
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South Dakota Gathering Official Poster. This commemorative limited edition poster of 250 was created for the GMC Gathering in South Dakota in 2014.
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13.5" x 18.5" Limited Edition Print by Brazilian artist Tiago Botelho. This painting was specially created by the artist for the GMC thank you card.
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Omega Institute audio recording (set of 4 signed CD’s) of "The Wisdom of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers" from August 2009.
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One of a kind traditional Huichol bead-work made in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.
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Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet book (French edition) signed by all Grandmothers present in the Africa Gathering.
Signed GM DVD
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Signed DVD copy of Grandmother Bernadette’s movie “La Guérisseuse de la Forêt" ("Healer of the Forest") - in French.
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One of a kind traditional Huichol bead-work made in the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.
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Grandmothers Counsel the World:(English edition) signed by all Grandmothers present in the Africa Gathering.
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Signed GMC South Dakota Gathering Official Poster. This poster is a LTD of 250 of which Unci Rita will sign 15 especially for the Africa Gathering campaign.
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DVD copy of the Grandmothers’ film “For the Next 7 Generations” signed by all Grandmothers present in the Africa Gathering.
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Profiles of Healing book set (ten books) about traditional healing wisdom of cultures around the world. Comes with a CD with the healers voice and stories.
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One-of-a-kind Oaxacan Rebozo (shawl) hand-embroidered with donors name, made by Grandmother Julieta.
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16x20 GMC Signed Limited Edition Photo of all 13 Grandmothers during their visit to Dharmsala, India, where they held a private audience with the Dalai Lama.
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One-of-a-kind hand painted gourd made especially for Grandmother Bernadette's Gathering by Nathan Blindman, Grandmother (Unci) Rita’s son.
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Private Skype or Phone Conversation with Grandmother Mona - 45 minutes.
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5 x 7 feet oil on canvas painting by artist Anangua J. Gil. This painting was titled "Walks Tall Women” and is from the artist's series "The Thirteen Moons".
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Phone reading with Grandmother Bernadette. Available in English (translation fees are included in reward).
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11.5" X 16.5" signed oil painting on paper by Brazilian artist Tiago Botelho. This painting was especially created by the artist for the GMC thank you card.
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Amazonian Flower Essence Kit and phone consultation with Grandmother Maria Alice. These are extremely powerful and effective medicines direct from the Amazon.
LTD Pendleton
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LTD Native Inspired designed Pendleton. Made for the Rogue River Treaty, Confederated Tribes of Siletz, Indians of Oregon 150 Anniversary. Donated by GM Agnes.
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