Francine Payer Anishanabe Kwe
She is of the Turtle clan, a grandmother, great-grandmother and respected Elder of the community. She is a keeper of traditional wisdom, a medicine woman, Pipe carrier and water and environmental activist. Francine works within the school system helping teachers and administrative staff with the aboriginal curriculum and teaching. Her focus includes Water teachings, traditional songs and teachings of the drum, the six grandmothers and seven grandfathers’ teachings, storytelling, medicine wheel, the first great circle of life, all of our relations, rites of passage and the 13 Moons, medicines, and the role of Elders. She is the founder and president of The Foundation for the Great Earth Peace, President of Univers Cité Libre and co-founder of the International Council of Grandmothers of the Moondance. She participates in the Mother Earth Water Walks, and walked 889 km in 2017. Grandmother Francine is a great advocate for the Water and the Forest and also participates in the peace mission paddling on the St. Lawrence River, raising awareness by doing Water ceremonies in communities where they stop along the way.
Abuela Agustina Misak
A leader of the Misak people in Silvia Cauca, who through dreams, visions, traditional wisdoms and experience of the years has received the knowledge of midwifery, weaving and medicinal plants. From time immemorial her people of the Andean territory have used very advanced technologies of healing; effective, natural and harmonious with people and the earth. This land is seen as a mother who cultivates life in her womb. Knowing in depth the use of plants in balance, they have preserved the song of plants, the dance of plants and the ceremony with which the elemental and extraordinary power of these beings of nature is enhanced. She shares her wisdom in women's medicine. She shares her wisdom in women's medicine as a healer and teaches the honoring of the earth, the waters, the plants and self.
Maria Rocha Coahuilteca
Maria is secretary and executive director of the Indigenous Cultures Institute, which is dedicated to the research and preservation of culture, arts, traditions, ceremonies and language of the Indigenous peoples that populated what is now Southern Texas and Northern Mexico, collectively known as Coahuiltecans.
Raquel Padilla Ramos, PhD. Hispanic
Raquel is highly regarded scholar and a Research Professor at the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Sonora. She is the author of several books on the history of the Yaquis, and coauthor of several books on the indigenous towns of Sonora. Currently, she coordinates the projects "Las missiones de Sonora" and "Civil, military and religious indigenous organization in Northwest Mexico". Her extensive historical knowledge and research skills, which bring light to important facts in both the legal and social arenas, make her a formidable advocate for Indigenous rights.