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Mona Polacca



Mona Polacca, MSW, is an America-born author, educator, and advocate for social justice and a Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa spiritual elder. She is a member of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and has served on several United Nations committees on indigenous peoples’ issues. She is also the president of the Turtle Island Project, a nonprofit program that provides transcultural training to individuals, families, and healthcare professionals.

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Grandmother Mona Polacca: Ancestral Voices in Defense of Biodiversity

Mona Polacca is a Hopi-Tewa/Havasupai elder and member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Grandmother Mona has a Masters degree in Social Work and serves in several United Nations indigenous issues committees.

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Grandmothers Counsel the World: Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet

We are thirteen indigenous grandmothers. . . .

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Pray Every Day for the Waters of the Earth~

We live in water in our mother’s womb,’ Hopi grandmother Mona Polacca explains. ‘Moments before we come into this world, the water of our mother’s womb gushes out, and we follow behind. That is why the Hopi call water our first foundation of life.’

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For the Next 7 Generations

In 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story.

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Realizing Our Roots and the Power of Interconnectedness

In my upbringing, I was taught that everyone is my relative. That we are all relatives. My parents and grandparents instilled this value since I was a child and I notice that, without question, it helps me to see the value in each person and living thing.

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13 Globe-Trotting Indigenous Grannies Carry Message of Unity and Prayer

Thirteen matriarchs from indigenous cultures are currently touring the world, promoting peace, unity, and a respect for nature. nicola Graydon meets one of them, Mona Polacca.

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Mona Polacca + Marina Abramović: Rites and Rituals

Our world is shaped by ritual. Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa Grandmother Mona Polacca meets with the “grandmother of performance art” Marina Abramović to talk about the essential role that ritual, repetition, and durational experiences play in reminding of us of our relationships to all things.

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The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes the World

An inspiring chronicle of life-changing encounters, personal transformation, and a vision of love that transcends the everyday definition, to embrace universal kindness and compassion, based on the knowledge that all beings are one family and that our capacity to love is one of the world’s most...

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Moving into Right Relations with Mona Polacca

“Women are like a mirror image of Mother Earth. We feel her pain. These heartaches that we feel are part of the compassion that women have, and we need to act on that compassion.” Mona Polacca.

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Grandmother Mona Polacca Blue Water: Hopi /Tewa and Havasupai - Traditional Knowledge

Grandmother Mona Polacca believes that her origins are as important as her name, Polacca, which means butterfly in the Hopi language. On her father's side, she a Hopi-Tewa from the Sun and the Tobacco Clans. It was her paternal grandfather who named her.

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