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FOR THE NEXT 7 GENERATIONS, a documentary film tells the story of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Clinton Street Theater
Portland, OR
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FOR THE NEXT 7 GENERATIONS, a documentary film tells the story of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
For the Next 7 Generations documents the momentous journey of thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers as they travel around the globe to promote world peace and share their indigenous ways of healing. Originating from all four corners, these wise elders, shamans and medicine women first came together in 2004 at an historic gathering in upstate New York. Moved by their concern for our planet, they decided to form an alliance:The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Facing a world in crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now before its too late. Through their teachings, they are lighting a way to a peaceful, sustainable planet.

In October 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from around the world-the Amazon, Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Artic Circle, and U.S., gathered at Tibet Houses Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate New York. They did not know one another, but each of them had heard a prophecy that called them forth. The prophecy told them that they must come together at this critical time in history and speak out to the world in one united voice to share their sacred wisdom. The Grandmothers all agreed that without finding a new way of seeing and being that echoes the ancient and time-proven earth-based traditions and practices of our indigenous peoples, we will not be able to break away from our destructive habits and create the changes necessary for our survival.

From this common vision, these thirteen Grandmothers decided to form an alliance to share their indigenous ways of peacemaking and healing with the world.  As the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, they reunite twice a year at each other's homelands. In the film, For the Next 7 Generations, we accompany the Grandmothers' early travels to the Pojoaque Pueblo in New Mexico, to the Brazilian Amazon, and to the mountain-top village of Huautla de Jimenez in Mexico. In October 2006, they went to Dharamsala, India, the second home of our Tibetan Grandmother Tsering Dolma Gyaltong, for a private meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. During their time there, they also interacted with speakers and attendees at the annual Bioneers Conference in California via satellite. Spanning the planet, this spacebridge united the powerful prayers of the Grandmothers with the visionary activism of the Bioneers.

Produced and Directed by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Carole Hart, For the Next 7 Generations shows the journey around the world of 13 original and irresistible characters. As they visit each of their indigenous homelands, we see grandmothers being canoed down the Amazon, or being driven in a super-sized tourist bus up narrow mountain roads. When the Grandmothers arrive at their destination, they take us inside their villages or pueblos or reservations, so we can witness and experience the living earth-based traditions and ceremonies that animate the Grandmothers sacred wisdom.

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.

The story of how the 13 Grandmothers first came together can be traced back to one Grandmother and spiritual teacher named Jyoti. For many years, Jyoti had been making relations with indigenous peoples. She found herself holding a vision of a circle of elder women. Carrying this vision, she traveled to Africa to meet an African shaman and medicine women named Bernadette Rebienot. While there, Jyoti mentioned her vision to Bernadette and was surprised to hear that Bernadette was having the same vision. Bernadette told her that they needed to make this a reality. After returning to her home in California, Jyoti and her associate Ann Rosencranz sent out invitations to 16 Indigenous women from all around the world to join them in a Gathering.  The 13 Grandmothers who responded had all received visions or heard in ancestral prophecies that they would be called together at a critical time in history when their ancient knowledge was needed for the survival of the next generations.
The Grandmothers are:  Aama Bombo - Nepalese, Margaret Behan - Cheyenne-Arapaho, Rita Pitka Blumenstein -Yupik, Julieta Casimiro - Mazatec, Flordemayo - Mayan, Maria Alice Campos Freire - Brazil, Tsering Dolma Gyalthong - Tibetan, Beatrice Holy Dance Long-Visitor - Lakota, Rita Holy Dance Long-Visitor - Lakota, Agnes Baker Pilgrim - Takelma Siletz, Mona Polocca - Hopi/Havasupai, Clara Shinobu Iura - Brazil.


Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton Street
Portland, OR 97202
United States



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