Dalai Lama honors Unsung Heroes, including Crow Peggy Wellknown Buffalo
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
By Brenda Norrell
|Honored today Grace Mashaba for soup kitchen in South Africa|
The Dalai Lama spoke on compassion, during the tribute to the efforts of 51 individuals from around the world who are working to alleviate the suffering of others without expectation of reward. The honorees included those rescuing trafficked children, providing soup kitchens, and clinics and doctors where the need is great. The 51 honorees came from Nepal, South Africa, Palestine and throughout the world.
Among the Indigenous honored was Carlos Tapedera, Raramuri (Tarahumara) for his work in maternal health in northern Mexico.
|Raramuri (Tarahumara) Mexico|
"It is our job to do the best we can where we live," Grandmother Agnes said. "Be the voice for the green, our Mother Earth, and her blood, our water."
Grandmother Agnes, 90, spoke of the exile of the Dalai Lama and of her own ancestors. While remembering the harshness of these journeys and struggles, she returned to the importance of protecting Mother Earth.
"There is life in that water and we are the Caretakers," she said urging others to let this message ripple out. She also spoke of what has happened to the Tibetan people, describing them as "very dedicated to their prayers, songs and to each other."
Actor Peter Coyote, master of ceremonies, welcomed the 51 honorees on the stage and each was honored.
Peter Coyote said, "It makes us believe in goodness once again."
During the applause, Peter Coyote said, "Each clap is a commitment to action."
Unsung Hero of Compassion Peggy Wellknown Buffalo
Agnes Emma Baker Pilgrim is a Native American spiritual elder from Grants Pass, Oregon. She is the oldest member of her tribe, theTakelma. She is also the Granddaughter of the first elected Chief of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz - Jack Harney. Pilgrim was ElectedChairperson of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers at its founding in 2004. "She has been honored as a "Living Treasure" by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and as a "Living Cultural Legend" by the Oregon Council of the Arts." -- Wikipedia