Petra Brussee interviews M.S.W. Mona Polacca representing the International Council of 13 indigenous grandmothers at the multi-stakeholder dialogue on water in the post-2015 agenda in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. 21 March 2012.
Anthropologist, author and speaker, Jeremy Narby, talks about his perspectives on ayahuasca and environmental activism after visiting the Temple and learning about the work of our non profit sister organization, Alianza Arkana.
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.
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.
Grandmother Mona is representative of the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace, a coalition of Indigenous leaders and organizations that was envisioned by the elders to protect the water. It has the support of 60 organizations globally at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.