White Dog Art

sacred buffalo

In Art Watercolor Gallery, Two Spirits, Wild Things on November 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm
watercolor 8x10 c11/2013

watercolor 8×10 c11/2013

‘When one sits in the hoop of the People, one must be responsible because all of creation is related and the hurt of one is the hurt of all and the honor of one is the honor of all.’

‘White Buffalo Calf Woman’


I was asked to create this painting for a collective of women coming together to support/embody the energy of white buffalo calf woman. I am very excited about what is happening here. ‘This is a calling of women of peace from all walks of life to join hands and come together as a collective to support a humble movement of the Original People of the world.’



“When the council of original seed issued by the Mother called upon the four elements ~ air, water, earth and fire ~ to Unity ~ life came to be on planet Earth. Now today, the Mother is calling humanity ~ to Unity.” ~ Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa, Kankuamo, the four peoples of Gonawindwa, Columbia

We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, affirm our relationship to Mother Earth and our responsibility to future generations to raise our voices to speak for the protection of the lands and water.

We, 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 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.

We hereby join and are in full support of the humble movement of the Original People of the world. This movement initiated by the Kogi Elders of La Sierra

Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, is bringing together in ceremony all the indigenous elders from ancient lineages with unification ceremonies uniting South America to North America and then bridging to Africa and beyond.

We recognize that these gatherings of the elders to have dialogue is

a basic fulfillment of agreements that have been passed down for generations and wisdom that is now ready to be shared. For, it is through the gatherings the hidden wisdom that Original People have protected for millennia is now being brought forth for the benefit of all life.

Furthermore, we support the aim of the gatherings to empower the Indigenous spiritual people to engage in an unprecedented collective action towards the realization of the Original Instructions which is to bring a spirit of inspiration, collaboration, compassion and hope into existing networks and planned international events focused on preservation of life on Mother Earth.

Finally, the Grandmothers support the call to come together in the spirit of cooperation for the greater good of humanity to pool our resources and create the vessel for these sacred gatherings to occur. This is a journey we are all a part of and will continue to unfold for many years to come.

For This We Pray,

International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

Contact: Grandmother Mona Polacca, Secretariat mpolacca@gmail.com Phone: 602.810.5823 grandmotherscouncil.org

Donations are greatly needed.


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  1. What gorgeous movement you have captured, here, Gretchen!

  2. So wonderful. Just beautiful.

  3. A profound work, for the best possible cause. I love the movement, running with the wind, the ethereal women, like the winds themselves, and the look of determination, especially on the foremost woman’s face. The color details on the pipe are a nice touch, too. Beautiful, Gretchen!

  4. Stunning, Gretchen, and I appreciate the info on and perspective of the Grandmothers. Thank you for including.

  5. This is exquisitely crafted, masterful in expression. Touches my heart, my motherness
    inside, and all that is familiar, and in alignment with the Grandmothers.
    love it!

  6. Reblogged this on INTO THE BARDO, A BLOGAZINE and commented:
    Here we have Gretchen del Rio’s delightful watercolor painting of Sacred Buffalo. Gretchen created it for a women’s collective – the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers – an organized movement of to affirm the human connection to this beautiful Earth of ours and an alliance to protect our resources.

  7. This is so wonderful. The story of White Buffalo Woman has a universal appeal and message. I have the perfect spot for your watercolor, Gretchen. :0)

  8. […] Stories shape our perception and understanding of the world. I’ve been thinking a good deal about White Buffalo Calf Woman and her message of Peace, and the unity of the Sacred Hoop, a teaching that arrived in difficult times. Ultimately, she proposed, when we harm any being we harm all. That said, we have to eat and be clothed against winter’s bite. Thus, she presents us with the paradox of the inevitability of doing harm.  The problem is partially solved when the Animal People offer themselves to our hunters. We are allowed to end their lives so that we may live, as long as we do so in a grateful, sacred manner. She invites us to remember that all beings have souls and spirits, and desire a long, rich life just as we do. (This post was inspired by a painting and post from Gretchen Del Rio.) […]

  9. Thank you so much for your insightful comment. The white buffalo teaching will live forever.

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