13 Clan Mothers of the 13 Moons

October 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
John Simms Community Centre
8 Westminster South
Montreal West
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

The knowledge of the cycle of truth comes from women who were Wisdom Keepers from all the different races and peoples of the world. In the Americas, these spiritual truths were kept alive in lodges and Native medicine societies in order to make sure that the legacy would be preserved.
In Indigenous medicine teachings there are 13 clan mothers associated with each of the 13 moons of the year. Each moon holds a wisdom or teaching that the clan mothers share within the Indigenous community. These wisdoms are entitled: learn, honour, accept, see, hear, speak, love, serve, live, work, walk, gratitude and become the truth. With the blessings of the Abenaki elders (with whom she has been training), she was given permission to interpret these wisdoms into a series of 13 tableaux.
Through the use of PowerPoint, each tableau and the associated wisdom teaching of Indigenous culture will be presented. These pictures help to facilitate the comprehension of these wisdoms. Being aware of them will help us through our daily lives and individual Earth Walk. This talk will begin with a native ceremony, the opening of sacred space and a traditional drum song.

SYLVIA BERTOLINI was born in Montreal’s Little Italy. Her formal training in the fine arts includes studies at the Montreal school of Arts and Design and at the Academia de Belle Arti in Venice, Italy where she completed her master’s degree.
Sylvia was very active in the cultural scene in the Eastern Townships having been on the MRC Memphremagog Cultural Committee, founding the Circuit des arts that is ongoing today. She was a member for the Quebec ministry of Cultural Affairs Intégration des arts à l’architecture, vice president for le Conseil de la culture de l’Estrie and member of the board of the galerie Arts Sutton.
She has exhibited in numerous locations such as Italy, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Montreal and Toronto, all over the Eastern Townships, as well as in Vermont and Connecticut.