Taowhywee, Agnes Baker Pilgrim
Takelma Indian Elder, Confederated Tribes of Siletz
Supporting the Salmon Ceremony and the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
   
  

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Dear Friends of Grandma Aggie,

On Wednesday, November 27th, our precious ally and grandmother, Agnes Baker Pilgrim, suffered complications following heart surgery for an aortic aneurism. With family at her side, she transitioned to her next journey.

Now her brilliance shines from the "star nation" that she often spoke of.

Beyond our days of holy grief, Grandma Aggie's inspirational ways will continue to feed our thoughts and deeds. We are so fortunate to have our memories of this truly exceptional human being. We will never forget her passionate love for all beings on Earth and the wisdom she shared so generously.

View .pdf file with photos and 3 recent news articles about her life.

She left a remarkable legacy of teachings for us. I think you'll enjoy these two 2-minute video interviews, filmed by Ralph Bowman at the Takelma pit house behind the Kerbyville Museum and at a Salmon Ceremony by Ti'lomikh Falls. https://youtu.be/EG00xDzI3Zs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMrvoxYthdM&feature=youtu.be

Her family would love to hear from you. Send your messages to her daughter Nadine Martin at 1036 SW K Street, Grants Pass, Oregon, 97526.

And you are invited to 2 local honoring events (below). I'll keep you posted. Feel free to contact me.

Blessings to you,

Julie Norman, Secretary
Agnes Baker Pilgrim Fund
julie@juliekaynorman.com
541-488-9474

Two Events Honoring Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim:

<< 13th Annual Winter Solstice Storytelling >>
Dec. 21st (Sat.) 5pm-10 pm, Bellview Grange
1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland, Oregon
Hosted by Red Earth Descendants

<< Celebration of Life for Agnes Pilgrim (1924-2019) >>
January 2020 in Grants Pass, Oregon
Sat. January 11, 2020 (1 to 5pm)
Josephine County Fairgrounds Pavillion, Grants Pass, Oregon
fruit and dessert pot luck

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FYI: New Book about the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
"Grandmothers Wisdom: Reverence for All Creation"

by Marisol Villanueva
Photos and in-depth profiles of the 13 Grandmothers
$76 USD (11 by 8.5 inches, hardcover, 488 pages)
Pre Order at https://www.grandmotherswisdom.org/pre-order
Donations accepted to purchase books for our local libraries. Mail a check made out to "Julie Norman" (596 Helman, Ashland, Oregon, 97520).






"Voice for the Voiceless"

Honoring Grandma Agnes Pilgrim

with Julie Norman

a 30 minute video on RVTV
Produced by Nancy Bloom
for her series
LIFE PASSAGES - The Soul's Journey


Grandma Aggie is the descendant of tribal leaders, both political and spiritual, so she works hard to keep tradition alive and to renew it, as with the Sacred Salmon Ceremony that she has brought back to her homeland in the Rogue River Valley of southwest Oregon after 140 years.

“A Voice for the Voiceless”

Grandma Aggie is the descendant of tribal leaders, both political and spiritual, so she works hard to keep tradition alive and to renew it, as with the Sacred Salmon Ceremony that she has brought back to her homeland in the Rogue River Valley of southwest Oregon after 140 years.

Honored as a “Living Treasure” by her tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and as a “Living Cultural Legend” by the Oregon Council of the Arts, Grandma Aggie is an exceptionally clear and strong speaker whose no-nonsense eloquence has touched people of many different cultures in the US and around the world. An Ambassador for our Mother Earth, she is a voice for the voiceless, seeking to prevent spiritual blindness by helping us to remember the ways of living that we all share as people of the Earth.

There’s lots of spiritual work to be done these days, and Grandma Aggie’s doing her best to keep up. The goal of this website is to keep you informed of the latest, so that she can be in your prayers as you are in hers.

For a good written introduction to who she is, see From Grandma Aggie, an article from World Pulse Magazine.

And for a great speech, see the talk she gave at the Earth & Spirit Conference in Portland, in the Videos section.

To learn what she’s been up to in the last year, especially since the Sacred Salmon Ceremony in June, see Blessings & News, 12/05.

The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers is one new activity that seems very promising, and there are now at least 6 websites that describe it (see Links). The section, 13 Grandmothers' Council, provides a brief summary. But first, see this very inspiring excerpt from a video in process, For the Next Seven Generations: The Grandmothers Speak.

Photos – 7 Generations Family photos spanning 7 generations and 125 years, from Grandfather Olhatha, George Harney, first Chief of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz in the 1880s to Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter Natalie Solis in 2005 can be viewed in this section as a slide show or individual photos.

Photos – Spiritual Work Thirty-six years of dedication to the spirit have brought Grandma Aggie into a wide variety of lessons and opportunities to give. From pow-wows to environmental conferences, from schools to health centers, Aggie has been busy reaching out to people of all cultures and ages, including people as diverse as Martha Stewart, Bruce Babbitt (former Secretary of the Interior), Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker at special events like the Sacred Salmon Ceremony and the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers A few of these are shown in this section as a slide show or individual photos.

The Past Events section is a first start at recording some of the key events in 81 years of Grandma Aggie’s life. But It’s hard to complete. New things of great potential just keep on happening.

Please check out the Links section for lots of related stories on other websites.

And the Calendar for upcoming events.






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