Members of International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers visit campus

13 Indigenous Grandmothers visit
Five members of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers visited Sleeping Giant State Park to perform a sacred ceremony with community members and Quinnipiac students, faculty, and staff.
Oct. 30, 2013 - Five members of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers visited campus Oct. 29.

The council is an international alliance of indigenous female elders that focuses on issues such as the environment, internationalism and human rights. The members met for the first time in October 2004 at the Dalai Lama's Menla Retreat Center on Panther Mountain in Phoenicia, N.Y., during which time they declared themselves a council.

The five members who visited Quinnipiac are: Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance and Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, both of the Oglala Dakota Sioux Nation of South Dakota; Agnes Baker-Pilgrim of the Takelma Indians of Oregon; Rita Blumenstein of the Yup'ik Nation of Alaska; and Flordemayo, of New Mexico, who is Mayan. They discussed how the council formed and works toward creating a more peaceful world.

The five members also accepted the International Pfeffer Peace Award on behalf of the council. The award, established by Leo and Freda Pfeffer in 1989, honors those around the world working for peace and justice.

The five grandmothers' appearance at Quinnipiac was sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Institute and the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement.