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We started with sage, women’s medicine, for balance and clarity, for purification. We listened to the grandmother pray for courage and humility. The grandmothers told us about the spirituality that grounded their communities, and which was the first to be attacked by the newcomers, because a people can be broken if you take away their language and spirituality. They told us about how settlers did not want to deal with the women, so the men had to take over trading and interact with settlers, which slowly changed the community relations and brought in colonization.
But the grandmothers have gone back and picked their bundles, they have been warriors who kept the stories and ceremonies alive, to be taught now to the young so that the new generation is growing without violence, grounded in the language and ceremonies. The cycle of violence is being broken. The grandmothers went back and found their names, so that they can call them out and be acknowledged by the whole creation.
We are being called on to reclaim our powers for ourselves and yet together; to the women in the room this meant growing into who one is, trusting one’s intuition, having knowledge and the connection with ancestors. It is time to reclaim our power and go back and remember where our ancestors left us. We are being asked, what does reclaiming your power mean to you?