Agnes Baker Pilgrim - North America
"We can join together no matter what our religious or spiritual beliefs are. We can join together and fight to save our Earth Mother and salvage our own existence."
"We grandmothers have come from far and wide to speak the knowledge we hold inside. In many languages we have been told it is time to make the right changes for our families, for the lands we love. We can be the voice for the voiceless. We are at the threshold. We are going to see change. If we can create the vision in our heart, it will spread. As bringers of light, we have no choice but to join together. As women of wisdom we cannot be divided. When the condor meets the eagle--thunderbirds come home."
Chairman of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, Grandmother Agnes is the oldest known living female member of her tribe, the Takelma Indians, originally from Southern Oregon, and the last surviving member of her family. An alumna of Southern Oregon University, with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in Native American Studies, she is a historian, storyteller and cultural instructor. She is a spokeswoman for the "voiceless" --the animals, trees, and fish. She is a cancer survivor, a world renowned spiritual leader, member of the Historic Society and keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony.
Grandmother Baker-Pilgrim is a recipient the Imagine Award, a Peace Makers Award by Mediator Works, a community dispute resolution center in Medford Oregon. She has been 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.