Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim
It is not very often that one has a famous Grandmother living in their hometown. Sometimes people are not even aware that the Grandmother living next door or whom shops in their store is honored and recognized worldwide for their contribution to the earth and humanity. Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim is one of those famous people living right here in Grants Pass Oregon.
Grandmother Agnes is the oldest living female member of the Takelma tribe, which has resided in Southern Oregon for 22,000 years. Grandmother Agnes is an alumnus of Southern Oregon University and was elected Alumni of the year in 2003. She sits on the MRIPA (Mid- Rogue Independent Physicians Association) board in Grants Pass and has been on the Culture, Sacred Lands and Heritage Committee for over thirty years. In 2004 she became an honored member and chair of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers who travel the world teaching wisdom on healing the earth and praying for the next seven generations. This fundraiser is to support her work with the other Grandmothers. Her site www.agnesbakerpilgrim.org
Grandmother Agnes Pilgrim has been a diligent “voice for the voiceless” trees, animals and plants. In 1994 Grandmother Agnes restored the Sacred Salmon Ceremony on the Applegate and Rogue River. This year will be the 19th year and is being held on June 30 at Tilomikh [formerly known as Powerhouse Falls] S Grandmother calling to return the Salmon Cermony back to the area, has increased the amount of Salmon in the rivers.
Grandmother Agnes has a long history of being a keynote speaker and even gave a blessing at the beginning of the Moody Blues Concert at Jackson County Expo. There is a 16 foot craved statue of her in Ashland, a tree in Yellowstone National Park has been named after her, and to recognize her influence and standing, in the community even a mountain east of Ashland was named after her in her native name, “Taowaywee”. She touches all who meet her and has influsencd my life greatly.
As a dedicated voice for the voiceless Grandmother speaks for water.
“I’ve been traveling the world and I am very concerned about our water. Water is a very precious thing. It is as native people call it, our Mother Earth’s blood. Never in my life did I think I’d grow to this age and have to buy bottled water. To me it’s frightening. I always tell people, “If you would jump in the bathtub and let me throw garbage in with you, you wouldn’t like that.” So I pray that this message will go to all people, to be able to teach their children and their children’s children, not to make a garbage dump out of rivers and streams. We need to start cleaning it up. Those swimmers in the water, they have the right to live just the same as anything else.”
Grandmother is a recipient of the Imagine Award, a Peace Makers Award by Mediator Works, a community dispute resolution center in Medford Oregon and is honored as a “Living Treasure” by her tribe the Confederated Tribes of Siletz.
It is an extraordinary opportunity to experience her in person and during the up coming event at the Rogue Theater May 19 2012, she will be answering question sent in from the audience about her life and teachings during an interview with Louise Rouse. You can send in your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org website www.womenoftherivers.net Also the movie “For The Next Seven Generations” will be shown afterwards, which is a movie featuring all 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.
During this highly talked about year 2012 it is comforting to hear the wisdom and prayers from Grandmother Agnes. When she prays you feel it all through your body. If you can not make this event look her up on You Tube.
Many of our elders become un-noticed. Yet they hold wisdom to guide us in our lives. Pay attention, ask around, see who are the wisdom keepers the elders in your area. Another elder in my area is Willy WhiteFeather. He wrote two amazing survival books for children. Children love them you can see his books on thi link http://willywhitefeather.com/ He and Grandmother have been guests in the Live Planetary Coaching Certification Program held in Grants Pass Oregon. Willy Whitefeather gave everyone in the class a quarts crystal and told them that when they see a chemtrails in the sky to hold the crystal toward the tip of the chemtrail and send love into the sky. Then to imagine neutralizing the chemicals with love. Great advice. Willy Whitefeather gave me my Native name “One Who Sees”
As an update to this post:
This year 2013 I was blessed to assist Grandmother on her visit with the Dalai Lama. She and Dalai Lama have a lot in common, they both do not judge others from being different than them. In fact they honor the difference. They both are humorous, both are masters at the art of prayer, both are dedicated to helping protect humanity and the earth for the next seven generations.