Grandmothers Counsel the World

Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet, by Carol Schaefer. What would the world be like if our grandmothers were in charge? In some Native American societies, tribal leaders consulted a council of grandmothers before making any major decisions. What if we consulted our wise women elders about the problems facing our global community today? Grandmothers Counsel the World offers the insights and guidance of thirteen indigenous grandmothers from five continents, many of whom are living legends among their own peoples. The thirteen grandmothers represent tribes from the Arctic Circle; North, South, and Central America; Africa; Asia; Tibet; and Australia. In 2004 they gathered together for an unprecedented meeting in the United States where they discussed the major challenges facing the world and shared their tribes’ timeless wisdom on how best to move forward. Grandmothers Counsel the World, inspired by this watershed meeting, offers the grandmothers’ rich and varied sources of wisdom, new visions and prophecies for humanity, and time-honored teachings on cultivating well-being and living in harmony with each other and the natural world. The grandmothers also share their thoughts and advice on such timely issues as nurturing our families; cultivating physical and mental health; and confronting violence, war, and poverty. Also in attendance at this historic meeting were notable Western women elders including Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Theresa Hale—all of whom are also profiled and quoted at length in the book.