Grandmother Nancy Andry
Grandmother Nancy is of Algonquin and French heritage and has followed the Red Road since childhood. Seeking out elders willing to teach, her first two mentors were Lakota, one an author, one a medicine man. An Ojibwa medicine woman, then a Mi’kmaq grandmother later adopted her. Community elders gave her permission to pour lodges since 1991. She served as a facilitator for a Native Women’s Circle in federal prison for 17 years.
A Sundancer and a Sacred Pipe carrier, she is acknowledged as an elder and a grandmother in her communities in Canada, where she was given instruction to bring out and share certain teachings. Grandmother Nancy is a well-known storyteller, sharing legends from many different Nations in schools, health facilities and the pow wow circuit. She was a staff member of the Joined Nations of Connecticut, a youth organization for those of Native heritage. She has given talks in Calgary, Canada, St. Croix USV, and at various centers in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She also owned and operated an equestrian business until retirement, and now incorporates Horse Medicine in some of her lectures about Native culture.
Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk
Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk is the Deer Clan Chief of the Ramapough-Lenape, a Water Protector who is working tirelessly to stop the Pilgrim pipeline from being built in New Jersey and New York through Ramapough land and sacred sites. Her granddaughter, Tia, also appears in the video.
Grandmother Margaret Behan
Grandmother Margaret Behan is Arapahoe-Cheyenne, fourth generation of the Sand Creek Massacre. As a child, Margaret attended the Catholic Mission and Government Boarding Schools. Margaret is a Cheyenne traditional dance. She has served as a dance leader in Oklahoma and in powwows across the U.S. A sculptress for 30 years, she creates clay figures that have won her many honors, including shows at Eastern New Mexico University, University of Wisconsin, Santa Fe Indian Market and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial.
Margaret is an accomplished and published author, poet, playwright and substance abuse Counselor. She has presented workshops and retreats for women, adult children of alcoholics and co-dependents. Margaret is currently taking an active role as a leader of her tribe as a teacher of Cheyenne Culture and the President of the Cheyenne Elders Council.