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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“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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