Ne entlaeshan tsa Wex'liem Sile esqapth

Acknowledging and celebrating our common thread as grandmothers of our Nations

Biographies of the Grandmothers

  Dell Wihongi Dell Wihongi
  • Born 10 October 1935
  • 1990 Chairperson, Confederation of United Tribes of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • 5 children, 26 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren

Auntie Angeline Locey
  • 76 years young
  • Kupuna (Hawaiian Elder)
  • Kahuna (Master/Teacher of Lomi Lomi)
  • Living Treasure honored by the state of Hawaii
  • 4 children and 7 granchildren
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Taqseblu (Vi Hilbert)
  • Born 1918
  • Member Upper Skagit Tribe
  • Life work is to preserve the Lushootseed (Puget Salish) language and culture
  • 1989 named Washington State Treasure
  • Full bio (pdf file)

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Mary Wagner

  • Saanich Nation
  • Grandmother of 5
  • Encourages people of all ages and ethnicities to work together through her life stories
  • learned at young age to communicate with animals and loves to share her teaching of these experiences

H. E. Dagmo Kusho

  • known by friends as Dagmola
  • Born in Eastern Tibet
  • founded the Mother Tara Center/Tara Ling in Pasadena Ca.
  • established brand centers in Kona, Hawaii; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Mexico City.
  • Full bio

Scalla (Pauline Hillaire)

  • Musician
  • Storyteller
  • Cultural Historian
  • Comes from prominent Lummi family
  • shared songs
  • Full bio

Royal Alley Barnes

  • World class visual artist
  • teacher of art histories, painting and visual cultures.
  • community leader dedicated to the programs and initiatives by communities of color.
  • Full bio
 Doña Bernardina
  • Quechuan/Aymara healer and medicine woman
  • born  in the region of Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • her grandmother taught her healing as a child


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Mary McQuillen
  • 73 years old
  • Member Makah Tribe
  • active member of her tribe near Port Townsend
  • Concerned for youth and seniors and seeks cooperation and untiy for them

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Lou Herwini-Capewell
  • Affiliated to tribes within the greater
    Northland tribe of Ngapuhi, North Island, Aotearoa (NZ).
  • Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Trainer/Educator/Facilitator
  • Works with drug dependency and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Kelly Toa-Martin

  • affiliated to Ngati Maniapoto - a tribe of the
    Tainui-Waka Confederation of Tribes, North Island, Aotearoa (NZ) - and
    Ngati Mutunga - a tribe of the of the Taranaki area of the West Coast,
    North Island, Aotearoa (NZ).
  • Trainer/Educator in Social & Community Work.
  • working with crisis
    intervention, rape crisis services, and drug dependency and Fetal
    Alcohol Syndrome issues.
  • Full Bio (Word Doc)

Grassroots and other contributions to the Grandmothers' traveling fund can be sent to
PO Box 17584, Seattle, WA 98127 ~ Voice Mail: 206.312.4444