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Bringing the Sacred Back To Women - Historical Horse Ride - Overview

The Red Shawl Grandmothers are community members of Gila River and Salt River communities, and Phoenix Metro areas. The Red Shawl Grandmothers are comprised of women who collectively have been praying and working for Native people for more than 108 years. We are women who have actively worked in urban and reservation communities for more than 30 years. Providing professional guidance, education, healing and support services addressing the effects of alcoholism, drug addiction, gang and domestic violence, historical trauma, and overall health and wellness. We have performed this work in both compensated and uncompensated roles. We continue to move the healing of our women forward as essential to the well being of our people and in particular our future generations and the health and well-being of our families.

In the last year, many events transpired beginning with several young women, who had been trafficked and young women who had been sexually assaulted in their own communities coming forward with their stories. A vision then came forward to Bring the Sacred Back to Women through the laying down of prayers through horse rides.

Fortuitously, while in the sweat lodge, sharing the vision of the horse ride, a Red Shawl Grandmother was invited to be a participant at the 2013 World Conference of Indigenous Women held in Lima Peru. The women’s stories, the vision to Bring the Sacred Back to Women and the horse ride was shared, and International interest to participate was expressed. It was brought forward for individuals to bring back healing to their individual communities and ask the community to help pray for the issues that are being brought forward and for the healing to take place.

Red Shawl Grandmothers Horse RideThis ride seeks to bring attention: 

  • to the thousands of our women and young people who are being taken from our Native communities both urban and reservations, on both our southern and northern borders and who remain missing today.
  • to the thousands who have experienced incest, sexual assault, trafficking, domestic violence, and historical trauma.

This historic journey of healing is a process that is unfolding daily as our prayers reveal where we are to go, what we are to do, how we are to accomplish this healing.

The journey of the horse ride is in important aspect of the individual healing through the historical and well established equine empowerment training. We know horses allow us to unite unconditionally with first ourselves then with another living being. We can then begin the healing process without fear of rejection, for Horses have no expectations, prejudices or motives, allowing for true expression of feelings and interactions with another being, and developing an empowered self-concept.

The horse ride - the journey of laying down of the prayer itself - then is one aspect of a larger perspective of collective community healing including: restoration of lost ceremonies; the appropriate roles and healthy relationships of families, and men and women; talking circles; sweat lodges; community gatherings; and community ceremonies of healing.

We seek to physically manifest that prayer and to take steps forward and setting that prayer into process beyond our individual selves empowering the individual to be a survivor who is active in making change in their life, their family and their community.

After our riders return, as a symbol of their journey, we envision family members of the riders and community members welcoming the riders back as a part of the ceremonial healing by closing prayer and sharing of food. Our desired outcome is to bring forth visible healing, demonstrating the strength and vitality of our indigenous communities the wealth of our collective wisdom.

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Women, War & Peace premiered on your local PBS station Tuesday nights from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, 2011.

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

On of the 5 in the series is the powerful story of Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they literally faced down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. In one memorable scene, the women barricaded the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and refused to move until a deal was done. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor’s exile and the rise of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Inspiring and uplifting, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling example of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.

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