13 Indigenous Grandmothers: Healing the Spirit from the Light Within

Video: The gathering began with the lighting of a Sacred Fire on Delaney Park Strip.

“Healing the Spirit from the Light Within” was the theme this year’s International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers conference. Yup’ik grandmother and traditional healer, Rita Blumenstein of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium was honored by grandmothers from around the world at the 9th annual gathering held in Anchorage on May 18 – 21.

This week’s Addressing Alaskans features presentations given by local native leaders, Rita Blumenstein, Rosemary Ahtuangaruak and Larry Merculieff at the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers gathering.

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BROADCAST ON KSKA: Thursday June 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., repeats Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

RECORDED: Wednesday, May 18 – Friday, May 20 2011


  • Rita Pitka Blumenstein, Yup’ik grandmother, traditional healer, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Inupiaq activist
  • Larry Merculieff, local native leader

EVENT: 9th Gathering International Council 13 Indigenous Grandmothers held at Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage

HOST: International Council 13 Indigenous Grandmothers


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