Mona Polacca is a Havasupai-Hopi-Tewa Elder who lives in Arizona and is an envoy of peace throughout the world, bringing a basic call to consciousness about the fundamental elements of life: water, fire, earth, and air. As a spiritual leader of her people and participant in interfaith alliances, she is a member of the World Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, and is recognized for her international work in the areas of human rights and water rights. She is President/CEO of the Turtle Island Project, a nonprofit organization, founded in 1986, that blends Indigenous wisdom with Western science for healing and health. Since age nineteen, Grandmother Mona has worked in her Native community in the field of social work, especially addiction recovery. She has her master’s degree in Social Work. She has been leading “Women’s Healing Journeys,” a weekend gathering and sweat lodge, for thirty years.
The International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers is a global alliance to bring prayer, education and healing for Mother Earth, all of her inhabitants, and for the next seven generations. Since their beginning in 2004, they have traveled around the world to gather in ceremony and conduct healing rituals for women, water, reconciliation, Indigenous communities, and other concerns. Coming from the four corners and many continents of the world, each of them is a leader in her own tribe and community. They have received many awards for their humanitarian efforts, such as the International Pfeffer Peace Award, Humanity4Water Compassion Award, and the Partnership for Global Justice Award. Learn more about them at their website.