Agnes Baker-Pilgrim (1924–2019) was a Native American spiritual leader, author, and mentor from the Takelma tribe in Oregon. She was one of thirteen indigenous women who founded the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and served as council chair for over a decade. She traveled internationally advocating for animal and indigenous rights, world peace, and the importance of a relationship with Mother Earth.
Agnes Baker Pilgrim talks of her early life and family, of her Takelma heritage, of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony, of going to Southern Oregon University and graduating at age 61, about the Circle of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and about water, life and the earth.
Transcribed from an interview with one of the most important voices of the First Nation and of the world, Grandma Aggie’s stories and advice mesmerize and captivate while providing a blueprint for how inhabitants of the earth can live together in harmony and peace.
“Grandma Aggie” is here to help us honor the water. She tells the gathered crowd of two hundred that the water hears us when we thank it for cleaning us and quenching our thirst. “We are all water babies”, she says, reminding us that we are composed largely of water.