Grandmother Wisdom Keepers

Grandmother Bilawara Lee

a Larrakia woman from Darwin, has been involved in arts and education for many years. This healer, teacher and mediator is currently Manager of the Indigenous Arts Development Unit in Arts and Museums for the NT Government. She is passionate about sustainability for culture, and is building strong and strategic partnerships with Indigenous artists, as well as working closely with State, Territory and Federal governments.

Grandmother Kay Peet

is of the Inuit (Inupiat) lineage from Alaska. She will be sharing a brief history of Alaska Native culture and how Medicine is practiced there. She will also be sharing her stories, “Calling Beluga Whales” and “Talking to Ravens”. Along with her beautiful stories, she will be sharing two Inuit songs, “Berry-Picking Song” and “A Working Song”. Grandmother Kay Peet has inspired many to develop their own “Call of the Wild”. She believes that “WE ALL BELONG TO THE WILDERNESS!” and her Inuit teachings believe that it is to be used for the good of the people. Yupik, Alaska

Grandmother Olive Bullock

is the founder of Kaitohuora and Kaiwhakahaere of Te Kopere o Raehina, a school and clinic for Traditional Rangoa Maori (Medicines) teachings that include health and wellness programs. Grandmother Olive also uses Kapahaka (cultural performing arts) story telling , Maori organics and many other ‘tools’ of the ‘Maori world’ and the ‘Natural world’ to translate between ages, gender, and cultures.

Grandmother Olive is active in communities world-wide fostering cross-cultural traditional knowledge and Elder wisdom. Grandmother Olive is committed to various indigenous programs throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the USA. She has also been  involved with both mainstream and tribal substance abuse programs over the past 30 years.

Christine Marie Bullock

Olive’s daughter, works along side her as Chairperson of Te Kopere o Raehina and a representative at the Rongoa Collective meetings. Christine is a respected liaison for various Aboriginal lore & culture centers, performing arts and other Rangoa Maori organizations. We are honored to have Christine accompanying her mother to our W.O.M.B. Gathering this year.

Adelina Alva-Padilla

is the spiritual GrandMother for the Santa Ynez, Chumash Tribe. Adelina brings her strong message to teach the children, the next generation, to carry the teachings of her Chumash traditions. She has been responsible for continuing the Sacred Bear Dance Ceremony over the past decade.

Grandmother Joyce Fifi Gubevu

is a sangoma (traditional healer) from the Gauteng province of South Africa. Sangomas hold some of the world’s oldest spiritual devination and healing methods, which  have thus influenced healing systems throughout the world, from Chinese acupuncture to ayurveda, to Ifa and much that lays in between. True sangomas receive a spiritual calling so strong they absolutely must answer it.  Joyce Fifi answered her call nearly twenty-five years ago and spent nearly two years in KwaZulu Natal (the homeland of the Zulu nation) training to become a sangoma. Both her mother and grandfather were sangomas but she was the only one of her siblings to be called into this very sacred line of work. In 1983, Fifi finished her training and has been practicing ever since.

Through her practice, she helps people to heal from various imbalances in their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. She has helped people heal from diseases and disorders ranging from meningitis to marital problems. Through communication with the ancestors and being intone with nature, she is able to draw upon the Creator’s essence for the healing and improvement of the community. Because of the effective use of her genuine gifts, she is highly respected throughout her local community as well as by sangomas throughout South Africa.


Grandmother Margarita Nunez Viuda De Alvarez

comes from far away to help us remember the teachings of our ancestors. She reminds us of the importance of Mother Earth and Father Sun, which are the basis of humanity: our origin and source of subsistence. “My work is to plant seeds of knowledge so that they can grow and give fruits. I come to remind you of what is already inside you. The Woman has to take her place as the teacher of humanity and it is through her that change will come.

Abuela Margarita belongs to the Native Council of Elders of America and has participated in numerous aboriginal gatherings in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, the United States, Canada, and Europe. She takes part in the Sundance, Earthdance, Moondance, and other ceremonies, including sweatlodges and vision quests on a regular basis.  (*Abuela = Spanish for Grandmother)


Grandmother Jan Sherman

Kiina Odamin Mukwa Kwe, Mukwa ndodem,

Jan Sherman, is the Keeper of the Aboriginal Community Medicine Bundle in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.Jan carries Anishnabe Teachings that she offers in ceremonies and circles within her community and when requested, on other areas of Mother Earth.

Grandmother Anatha Keeler

Bird Tribe and of the Water Clan. Respected as a healer and seer, Grandmother Anatha travels the ancestral trails to sacred lands worldwide re-opening and connecting the star trails for our seventh generation.  Hearing the call of the Ancestors, she retired as a career banker to follow in the footsteps of her ancestors who   conducted rites-of-passages through divination and energetic healing.

Grandmother Maile Napoleon

is 67, she is grandma to 14 grandchildren and 6 great grands. She is a minister of a non-denonminational sect ordained in 1991 by Kahuna Serge K. King in Huna (healing of mind, body, and spirit using love). My Tutu was her teacher. She also does weddings and home and land blessings. She loves being Hawai´ian and living on the island of Hawai´i. Aloha Nui Loa.

Grandmother Laura Espinoza

My name is Laura Espinoza Cuadras. I am 54 years old and I was born in Mexicali, B.C. Mexico. I am dedicated to Alternative Theraphy, like holistic theraphy. I instruct classes of Yoga and medatition. Also I have now traveled 12 years with Grandmother Margarita. And it has been 10 years I have supported the vision of Pa'jaro Amarillo, Adam D'Armon Yellow Bird from the tradition of Lakota with the Earth Dance. Presently I am leading the work of the dances with the women.Also leading sweat lodge (temascales) and women circles. I am in direct contact with the leaders of the communties of the Kumiai, Pai Pai and Cochimies like Grandmother Teodara Cuero. I have dedicated my life to serve where ever I am called.

Grandmother Leola One Feather

is Ogalala Lakota from Wounded Knee, South Dakota. She was raised by her mother, grandmother and great grandmother with Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Ways. Leola’s knowledge is extensive and she is involved with documenting pre-historic sites and Sacred Sites throughout Lakota land. She has documented Lakota Star Knowledge and Star Stories and has been instrumental in resurrecting old ceremonies, including “Women” ceremonies, on the Pine Ridge reservation. Leola was involved in the “Wounded Knee” struggle in 1973 and helped prominent Medicine Men, Frank Fools Crow and Zac Bear Shield. Leola has taught the Lakota language and culture throughout the Pine Ridge schools and is blessed with 8 children and 16 grandchildren. 

Elizabeth Araujo

Tonita Amuah
Largo Glover

Elsie Kahn

Kusum Samaranayaka

Gloria Arellanes

Vicki Downey

Grandmother Kaleo Paik

Born and raised on the island of Hawaii, I learned the cultural practices of my ancestors through the elders living in the area.  The area of my reasponsibility is the releasing of the physical from this world to the spirit.  I was also trained in the area of burials and am a burial rites practitioner.  My journey has exposed me to many disciplines such as healing, clearing and protection.  I am an advocate of self determination for Hawaiians and the preservation and protection of our sacred sites and traditions.  I support and work with organizations to accomplish this end.

Marie Meade

Rose Davis


Roberta Cordero

Morning Star Foundation