For The Next 7 Generations
Producer/Director: Carole Hart
Hartley Film Foundation
Center For Sacred Studies, and the International Council of Thirteen Grandmothers
“For The Next 7 Generations” is a documentary about thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers that came together in 2004, following a vision from spiritual leader Jyoti. The vision that she carried was that of a circle of Indigenous Grandmothers, On her journey, Jyoti found that an African shaman/medicine woman by the name of Bernadette Rebienot was having the same vision. When she returned to her home in California, Jyoti and her associate Ann Rosencrantz invited sixteen Indigenous Women from around the world to join them in a gathering. Thirteen Grandmothers responded – each of whom had received their own visions.
The women were all told in their visions that the time was now – that they need to help heal Mother Earth and her inhabitants. They were given the message that “Nothing will change unless we change.” They first met as a group in 2004 – bonding immediately an deeply.
The documentary, which was four years in the making, begins by introducing each of the thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, describing their backgrounds, and how they all felt that the power that they carried was the power of prayer – that this is what would heal Mother Earth. Part of their credo was that we must live in harmony with all. The Grandmothers are all teachers, therapists and healers. They each hold the belief that the four sacred elements – Water, Earth, Air and Fire are there to keep us alive and well.
Their meeting took place in council, in a circle. They hold the belief that women are to lead the next change – which is already happening. It is imperative that we move forward as quickly as possible. They formalized as a group of Thirteen Grandmothers to pass along wisdom to the next generation.
The documentary shows the women visiting each of the thirteen countries that they came from, showing directly their background, and how they work. It is noted in the documentary the importance of bringing children to each Grandmother’s country. Some of the things that were touched on is the importance of water, which is now a declining resource. We need to bless our water and water sources, and gie thanks for them. Another aspect of the documentary was that of working with plant medicine – and how many of our plants are becoming disappearing species.
Prophetic vision and dreams are stressed, as well as prayers and chanting. It was absolutely amazing to watch this video and see the different tribes, their countries, the brilliant colors, song and dances – the backbone of the cultures represented.
Another topic touched upon was the wounds inflicted on the indigenous people by outside influences via the Catholic Church. This has still not been fully addressed, although the Catholic Church was petitioned, and did say they would seriously look into it.
What I thought was amazing, funny, and absolutely incredible was that many of the Indigenous Grandmothers were thought by their people to be crazy when they were younger. To me, this simply showed the very high vibrational level that they were born under, and were able to sustain. Many, if not all of the Grandmothers were taught their sacred work by a family member or relation, so there is a lineage to consider. It is interesting to note that over time with their teachings have acted as a seed for a global movement towards healing Mother Earth. This is a return to ancient earth-based traditions, the traditions of all of our ancestors, no matter where they were from.
From the site, this is the Grandmothers Mission Statement:
“We, the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light the way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.”
Six hundred hours of film were taped, with much having to be cut out to fit the documentary film length. Filming was done in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meting with the Dali Lama in India (this was breathtaking footage!). The scenes are clear, the participants are well represented, and the speakers are humble women with much wisdom to share. They honor themselves, and they honor each other. Once you start watching this film, you do not want to stop. The scenery, the music, the message – it comes from the heart of the Grandmothers to our heart. This is a film that you do not want to miss!
The main page For The Next 7 Generations DVD can be seen here – http://www.forthenext7generations.com/home.php. There is general information on the thirteen Grandmothers, and on Jyoti, the spiritual leader that had the original vision, and brought them all together. There is also a link to organizing a group in your own community.
There are links here http://www.forthenext7generations.com/buyDvd.php for purchasing the DVD in the U.S. and Canada.
© October 2010 Bonnie Cehovet