For the Next 7 Generations, Documentary Film
It was about six hundred years ago, they say, in what we now call the New England States, that a most horrific environment to live in existed there. It was a very dangerous and scary time because war was almost constant. Atrocities such as murder, rape, fighting and violence were everywhere. Cannibalism was not unheard of. Hunters were afraid to go out into the forest for food because there were many who did and never returned home. As a result, people starved for lack of food even though it was there, they were just afraid for their life to go get it.
It was during that time, the legend, says that a great man, named Deganawidah, (also called the Peacemaker) rose up and together with another who was an eloquent speaker named Aiionwatha, through a long dedicated campaign, convinced the many tribes along the Eastern seaboard from the St. Lawrence Seaway to what we now call Georgia to all come to peace. This is how the People of the Longhouse or Haudenosaunee as they know themselves to be, became what we call The Great Iroquois Confederacy.
The Peacemaker, Aiionwatha and the Leaders of the day in Council crafted The Great Law of Peace. This highly regarded and very effective Law is still in use among those people still to this day. It is their equivalent of our constitution. In fact this is the very model that our country's Forefathers based The United States Constitution on!
But there was one crucial omission the role of the Grandmothers! It was the wisdom of the Grandmothers Council that had the last say in all the important decisions to be made with the Iroquois People. Even decisions to go to war were reviewed. From the Grandmothers comes the timeless wisdom that is part of the Great Law that states in part: "In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."
But that was not to be the way for the American People. Those Wise Women Elders, who were Masters at nurturing all of life, were not considered nor consulted when Community or National decisions were to be made.
So time goes on, and once again, we find ourselves in some really scary times and a world in crisis.
As a result of their concern for the plight of mankind around the globe, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, shamans and medicine women from around the world have been called by visions and prophesies to gather in October 2004 and share their sacred wisdom, visions of healing and a call for change now before it's too late. All spiritual leaders amongst their cultures, they told of remarkably similar prophecies, thousands of years old, from their ancestors. All stated that we are now at a critical point in history, and that if we do not change our way of relating to each other and to Mother Earth, we will face cataclysmic consequences. The prophecies also stated that the grandmothers would come. Through their teachings, they are lighting a way to a peaceful, sustainable planet.
As they've come together, the Grandmothers' prayers and their message have become more powerful, opening up more hearts. The Grandmothers are living examples and strong transmitters of their message of peace, unity and harmony. Their spirit is contagious. Their deep love and understanding of their Mother Earth is inspiring.
In August of last year, their tale was told in the form of a movie.
This hour and a half long Documentary film entitled, "For the Next 7 Generations" is the story that the producers have released to be used as a fundraiser to support the Grandmother's Global Mission.
Please come to the Duwamish Longhouse at 4705 West Marginal Way, S.W.
Seattle, WA. 98106
on Saturday the 15th of May, 2010 at 6:30PM to see their show and generously support these Grandmothers
This is an opportunity for all of us to consider how we can gather ourselves in community in a good way to include a Council of Grandmothers right here in Seattle to draw upon our local wisdom pool for Decision Makers to use here!
More information and Trailers to the film are available on their website:
4705 West Marginal Way, S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106
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