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Women Rising XI: International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers


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From top: Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Florademayo, Beatrice Long-Visitor Holy Dance. Source:

From top: Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Florademayo, Beatrice Long-Visitor Holy Dance. Source:

Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world fighting for peace, justice, the environment and civil society.

In this program, we visit with three eloquent members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The Council is a global alliance of elder women healers who represent more than 900 years of collective wisdom and traditions. The women come together to speak in one voice, with one very simple, yet urgent message: we must take care of our Mother, the Earth, for the next seven generations.

This Women’s Desk program is a special collaboration with the Women Rising Radio Project, Lynn Feinerman and Crown Sephira Productions.


Rita Pitka Blumenstein of the Yupik nation practices plant and energy medicine. She is on the staff of Anchorage’s South Central Foundation Traditional Healing Clinic; Flordemayo is a Mayan curandera, or healer, and serves on the board of the Institute of Natural and Traditional Knowledge in New Mexico; Beatrice Long-Visitor Holy Dance is an elder in the Native American Church, a sundancer and a health worker with the Lakota Oglala people.

Senior Producer: Tena Rubio
Women Rising Producer: Lynn Feinerman
Women Rising Host: Sandina Robbins
Women Rising Engineer: Stephanie Welch

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The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers – Sonora, CA

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