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Grandmother Mona Polacca
Grandmother Mona, a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder, has a Master of Social Work degree. She serves on several United Nations' committees on Indigenous people's issues and is a featured author, speaker and educator on Indigenous people's human rights, aging, mental health, addiction and violence. She is also the president/CEO and faculty of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit program that promotes a vision of wellness by providing transcultural training to individuals, families and healthcare professionals. "Indigenous people have come through a time of great struggle, a time of darkness. The way I look at it is like the nature of a butterfly. In the cocoon, a place of darkness, the creature breaks down into a fluid and then a change, a transformation, takes place. When it is ready and in its own time, it begins to move and develop a form that stretches and breaks away from this cocoon and emerges into this world, into life, as a beautiful creature. We grandmothers, we have emerged from that darkness, see this beauty, see each other and reach out to the world with open arms, with love, hope, compassion, faith and charity."
Sessions with Grandmother Mona Polacca (3)
Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle and Other Indigenous Prophecies
Dr. Lee Brown is the coordinator of the Indigenous doctoral program in The Department of Educational Studies and executive director of the Indigenous Institute of Aboriginal Health at the University of British Columbia where he wrote his thesis entitled: Making the Classroom a Healthy Place: The Development of Affective Competency in Aboriginal Pedagogy. He is the Co-author of the Sacred Tree, an educational curriculum based in Aboriginal values and epistemology. He has been the keynote speaker at many Aboriginal conferences including the Awassis Education Conference held each year in Saskatoon. He has been invited to share his knowledge of culture and healing in over five hundred Indigenous communities in North America. Lee is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Wolf Clan.
Dave Courchene, Nii Gaani Aki Innini (Leading Earth Man), has traveled internationally, carrying a message of hope and peace. Dave shares ancient Indigenous knowledge that he believes can act as the foundation in supporting the new life that Mother Earth is now entering, and that the elders have confirmed has arrived. He has created a special place for sharing ancient Indigenous knowledge — the Turtle Lodge -— built based on a vision he received many years ago. Indigenous people have always relied on visions and dreams to give guidance and direction in life. Dave was recently honored by Indigenous leaders and elders at the 2010 International Indigenous Leadership Gathering, and with a National Aboriginal Achievement (INDSPIRE) Award in Culture, Heritage & Spirituality, and the Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 2012, for the work associated with his message and vision, including the work he has done inspiring young people.
His recent work has involved initiating International Roundtables Supporting Ancient Indigenous Knowledge at the Turtle Lodge (May 2010) and the US Capitol in Washington, DC (September 2010), which have been co-led by US Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He delivered the opening keynote and conducted the opening ceremonies at the 2010 G8 Summit on World Religions. In 2011, Dave shared the stage twice with the Dalai Lama to bring a message of peace in Newark, New Jersey and Monterrey, Mexico. In Spring 2011, Dave initiated the Makoose Ka Win and the Vision Quest rites of passage to take young people of all cultures entering adulthood back to the land and the elders to find their uniqueness and promote peace. "Only when we align our human spirit with higher spiritual reality will we find peace. When we become awakened spiritually, we begin to see more, to feel more. We begin to trust the Spirit."
The 13 International Indigenous Grandmothers & How the Vatican Legalized the Doctrine of Discovery
Grandmother Mona Polacca will share powerful stories about how her elders predicted and prepared her for the current global challenges. Mona will then talk about how she became part of the 13 International Indigenous Grandmothers and how this council of elders, guided by Spirit, is taking action around the world. One of the main initiatives Mona will discuss is how the Grandmothers are calling on the Vatican to renounce the Papal Bulls of the 1400s which became the legal groundwork for the Doctrine of Discovery that resulted in the atrocities committed against Indigenous Peoples around the world.
Immersing Ourselves in Gratitude
Embodying a deep connection with the elements of Mother Earth, Grandmother Mona Polacca invites us to walk through life’s journeys with gratitude for every experience we meet. When we reawaken the childlike wonder that lives in each of us, we become rejuvenated with curiosity, interest and appreciation. We can feel gratitude for all of nature’s gifts as well as the unique journeys of our ancestors who have laid the groundwork before us. We can create awareness for the importance of doing things for the benefit of all.
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