A small hole in the bottom of Riverkeeper holds a cloth for collecting drops of sacred water and acknowledging it as a living being. A beautiful way to carry the water essence from any sacred site or ceremony. Leave the cloth in place. As the water wicks into her body, she holds the living vibration and magnetism of each place and experience.
Each piece carries Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim's blessing.
GRANDMOTHER AGGIE'S BLESSING
"Dearly Beloved, Creator of All, Creator of the Great Mystery, Breathe your healing breath onto these carriers of good medicine so they touch those who hold them and manifest peace in their hearts for themselves and the world. Beloved, with your help we pray for Our Earth Mother’s blood. The precious water all over the world needs us to thank it for all life. We know water can hear, so every human being can give prayers of thanks and talk to the water. Grandfather, include this with the Riverkeeper totems so they embody this prayer. It is done." Aho!~Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim, (September 11, 1924 – November 27, 2019)
We had the great privilege of Grandma Aggie's presence at Bell Pine Art Farm where she bestowed blessings and prayers on our studio and in particular gave the above blessing for our Riverkeeper sculpture to carry. Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim is part of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Partial proceeds from the sale of this sculpture are donated on behalf of Grandmother Aggie and water.
A ceremony to welcome, bless and thank the returning salmon each year was held by the Takelma tribe, as well as many other Indian tribes in the northwest United States and Canada. However, for 140 years, due to the loss of traditional ways, the ceremony was not performed publicly by the Takelma tribe. To revive the ceremony, Grandma Aggie and her late husband Grant Pilgrim (Yurok tribe), visited with area tribes that continued to perform this ceremony. Following numerous visits to ceremonial and spiritual gatherings of northwest tribes, they brought back their version of the ceremony to Southern Oregon. Due to Grandma Aggie's contribution in returning the Salmon Ceremony to Jackson County, she is known to some locals as the 'Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony.'
A great deal of interest ensued by National Geographic and the World Wildlife Fund due to the unprecedented increase in salmon seen in the river since the ceremony has been performed.
Prior to Covid-19, the ceremony has been held annually on the banks of the Applegate River in Southwest Oregon.
Grandmother Aggie with Riverkeeper sculpture (photo not included with sculpture.)
The water can hear you, bring your voice! Pour your heart into the river. Say "Thank you, I love you, I promise to care for you..." With purest intention, may all water be BLESSED, restoring it to life-sustaining balance. You are the river!"
water goddess River keeper
I love all your sculptures this especially
The best gift
My dear friend was so touched and in love with this sweet gift. She was so excited to see this was connected to Grandma Aggie and it was perfect for her and for our times. I held this before I wrapped it and could really appreciate the quality of it. What a sweet piece! Thank you.
Amazing. Thank you
River Keeper is so perfect and inspiring. Carefully packaged and sent. I would order every style for gifts for everyone. Made with so much care and pure spirit.