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For the Next 7 Generations: 13 Indigenuous Grandmothers Weaving a World that Works
In October 2004, thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers from around the world – the Amazon, Asia, Africa, Mexico, the Artic Circle, and U.S., gathered at Tibet House’s 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 home lands. 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 Grandmother’s 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.
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