Planting Seeds for Seven Generations September 29th - 30th

The Indigenous Service Learning Program at Northwest Indian College is proud to offer a Gathering called “Planting Seeds for Seven Generations.” The gathering is scheduled to take place September 29th- 30th, 2011.  The gathering will Feature:  Grandmother Flordemayo & Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein from the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and Quese IMC - Internationally renowned Indigenous Hip Hop Artist in Concert on Thursday September 29th.

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.

The International Council of 13 Grandmother is deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life.  They believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future.  For more information please visit:

Flordemayo was born the youngest of 15 children in the highlands of Central America, Flordemayo was found at an early age, like others in her family, to have the gift of Sight. By age four she was being trained in the art of curanderismo which had been handed down from mother to daughter for many generations. Flordemayo’s mother was a midwife and healer and taught her daughters in the use of herbs, women’s medicine and how women are to honor and care for the Earth.

Flordemayo now lives in New Mexico. But you won’t find her at home much. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences. Since 1999 she has been part of the Wisdom of the Grandmother’s Foundation. She is the recipient of the Martin de La Cruz Award for Alternative Healing, a prestigious honor given by the International Congress of Traditional Medicine. Flordemayo is also a founding director of the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge. This organization has many active projects, including the establishment of an organic seed bank and educational outreach in support of traditional agriculture.

Yup'ik mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, aunt, sister,friend, tribal elder. Born on a fishing boat and raised in Tununak, Alaska, Rita attended a Montessori school in Seattle for four years. She raised two children and worked at many hospitals delivering babies as a doctor’s aide in Bethel and Nome. She has traveled and taught basket weaving, song, dance and cultural issue classes world-wide, earning money for Native American Colleges.

Rita has participated in many healing conferences where her teachings of the “Talking Circle” were recorded and published. Rita is currently employed with South Central Foundation as a tribal doctor using plant and energy medicine.



Quese Imc, born Marcus Frejo Little Eagle, is an award-winning Hip Hop Emcee, independent music producer, and cultural activist. Quese is a member of the Pawnee and Seminole Nations. With this heritage and culture Quese has since a very young age mixed his love for Hip Hop with his love for his people creating a sound called “Native Hip Hop.” Quese’s artistic style mixes the modern substance of freestyling, Hip Hop, and Funk with strictly traditional Native American forms and traditional values. His lyrical style is a unique, cultured-eclectic, soulful, and moving way of expressing his idea of Hip Hop music.  The foundational message of Quese IMC is one of love for Native people, traditional lifeways, cultural identity, pride, the importance of historical memory, and empowerment. Quese’s message is also one of tolerance. Through his lyrical and musical stylings, a mix of Hip Hop and traditional and contemporary Native music, Quese invites audiences to not
only celebrate cultural pride but to accept others, accept themselves, to value each other, and to celebrate diversity.

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Thursday September 29, 2011
• Keynote Speakers from the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: Grandmother Flordemayo & Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein
• Fall Harvest Lunch
• Workshops & Talking Circles based on “Honoring our Relations: Service, Connection, Change”
• Salmon and Traditional Plants Dinner
• Concert at 7:30 PM- Internationally renowned Indigenous Hip Hop Artist: Quese IMC

Friday September 30, 2011
• Keynote Speakers from the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers: Grandmother Flordemayo & Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein
• Cultural Place Based Activity
• Group Sharing/ Reflection Circle
• Closing Ceremony

Registration:  $100 for both days
                        $50 for 1 day pass (enter discount code 1)
                        Free for Students & Elders (enter discount code 2)

To register online:

For more information please contact:
Meghan McCormick
(360) 676-2772 ext. 4384