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Do you think the grandmothers can make a difference?
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers traveled to the Vatican in 2008 to address papal bulls. (Read the full article.)
Do you think the Pope should rescind the papal bulls?
07/17 at 12:19 PM from Ohio
Thank you very much for allowing us the opportunity to learn more about this fascinating and revered woman.
07/24 at 03:07 PM from Oak Park, IL
I think so. The Pope should rescind Papal Bulls. A long time overdue. Better late than never. A religious doctrine that causes so much human suffering of Native People and destruction of their Indigenous civilizations thru cruelty and bloodshed perpertated in the name of Church as Earthly representation of Jesus Christ. It could not be farther from my deepest faith in my loving, heavenly Father GOD and Mother EARTH. In addition Vatican is mostly political and financial entity, that needs to evolve and cease to exist all together.
Just look at bloody dismemberment of once prosperous Balkan state of Yugoslavia, whose break up was blessed by the Vatican in 1991 as well as in 1941 and in 1914, respectively. Christians killing other Christians in the name of Christ!!!
Cultural genocide and ethnocide are the crimes above all.
Keep up your mission Grandma Aggie. May you always be blessed with good health and spiritual prowess.
07/27 at 01:50 PM from oregon
If everyone would make just one conscious change to reverse the wholesale damage to the earth our lifestyles are producing; just one, we have a chance. Listening to and taking care of our elders/seniors provides our greatest resource and yet one we throw out almost casually. How long has it been since you talked to your mother/grandmother? Did you really listen?
07/30 at 10:56 PM from Olean, NY
It was late summer. I sat on my Great grandma porch, the smell of falling leaves in the air. She wanted me to learn Seneca, so I could speak our language. Today it was a saying that had no English translation, that she knew of. I was a young boy then and remember little of our sessions, but she stressed the importance of this one. “It means, everything is alive, has life” she said as she searched to find the words in English. ” Even the rock?” I said.“Even the rocks”, she replied.
Later that day, I was walking through the woods draging my feet through the leaves. I look back at my trail and realized that I had changed the universe.
Yes , Grandmothers can make a difference.
08/18 at 10:44 PM from Lakeville, MA
It is time to set things right. For what possible reason could the Pope have for not rescinding the Papal Bull? None! It was wrong when issued, and even wronger now, with all we know. The Catholic Church has a long dark history from maligning Mary Magdeline all these year, though that last Pope finally apologized for that. I believe he also apologized for the Albengensian Crusade that wiped out the Cathars. Why not further ask for forgiveness and healing and rescind this awful edict. Is it just ego that they can’t be wrong? Or they feel superior and feel that only their religion is the one and only way? The Pope should read the Hindu wisdom,
“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain,
all leading in the same direction,
so it doesn’t matter which path you take.
The only one wasting time is the one
who runs around and around the mountain,
telling everyone else that their path is wrong.”
ABOUT THE EPISODE
Grandma Aggie, spokesperson and eldest member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, speaks about the grandmothers’ hope to change the direction of the world, save Mother Earth, and ensure peace and prosperity for all following generations.
For a captioned version of this interview, go to YouTube.
More About the Grandmothers
- The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
- For the Next 7 Generations (Documentary Film)
- Read an excerpt from Grandmothers Counsel the World
- Indigenous Peoples, Issues, and Resources
ABOUT THE GUEST
Grandma Aggie is a descendant of political and spiritual tribal leaders of the Rogue River Valley of southwest Oregon and one of the founding members of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.
Honored as a “Living Treasure” and a “Living Cultural Legend,” Grandma Aggie’s no-nonsense eloquence has touched people around the world.
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PENN STATE CONNECTION
- Center for Sustainability at Penn State
- Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge
- American Indian Leadership Program, College of Education
- Rock Ethics Institute
WHERE TO WATCH
Big Ten Network
Tuesday, July 21 at 7pm
Thursday, July 23 at 4pm
Friday, July 24 at 9am
Thursday, July 30 at 9pm
ABOUT THE HOST
Veteran interviewer Patty Satalia hosts in-depth conversations with a broad range of remarkable people.