Sharing the Wisdom of the Grandmothers

Sharing the Wisdom of the Grandmothers

Sarah Hawley is a singer/songwriter and a healer, who also freely gave of her talents to the Women's Voices Project. Sarah has worked as a Shaman and a therapist for 20 years. She finds time to also perform with local improve theater groups and has written numerous songs that can be found on Itunes. Sarah donated the songs "Believe" and "God's Will" to our project and has provided support and guidance to us along the journey.


David Schermerhorn wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed independent film "Broken Vessels"  which won the Audience Award for “Best Film” at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, was nominated for a British Independent Film Award and was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival. The film was hailed by Variety as one of the “Top Ten Independent Films” of the year.  David has directed a number of award-winning short films including, "Angryman", He was an Executive Producer of the documentary series, “Chapel Of Love” for ABC Family and “Driving Force” for A&E Networks.  David freely gave his expertise and talents to help The Women's Voices Project.

Lisa Barbee  is a singer/songwriter from Ojai, California whose inspiration for writing comes from her life experiences.   Lisa says her ability to write has been a gift from God and she hopes to use it to lift others up in some way.  She  lives life simply, hoping to make a positive difference to her  fellow travelers. Lisa's contributions to the project include our theme song "Listen to Their Voices" and "The Good Red Road."
Victoria Linssen is an award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker whose mission is to tell conscious visual stories that uplift and inspire people to take better care of our world. She is a cum laude graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA and has Bachelor of Science degrees in Visual Journalism and Business Finance. The emphasis in her visual career has been in the nonprofit sector developing stories that bring awareness to worthwhile projects.


Tatyana Martynova, (left)who was also interviewed for the project, lives in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic (Yakutia). She is a psychologist who is one of the women responsible for starting the first women's centers in the Republic in Cherski, one of the northernmost villages in the world. Tonya currently works with women and handicapped children in Yakutsk. A portion of the proceeds from this project will go to help fund a center for women and children in that city.

Nadia Noeva (right) is an English teacher and professional translator in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic. One of her life dreams has been to capture the beauty and majesty of her traditional Sakha culture and become a filmmaker. She served as the translator for the project and as the primary filmmaker.

Cheryl Eldemar works for an environmental group protecting the world's oceans. She currently lives in Juneau, Alaska. Cheryl has dedicated her life to helping to preserve her Tlingit culture and to preserving mother earth. Cheryl is also an accomplished artist.

ABOUT  THE PROJECT


The Women's Voices Project initially grew out of a desire to find out more about the indigenous prophesy that states there won't be peace on earth until the voices of women are heard. Since the book "Women's Voices: The Wisdom of the Grandmothers" was published in 2010, the project has grown in scope and content. We completed  a documentary film  "The Wisdom of the Grandmothers " that includes women from the farthest North in Siberia to the farthest South in Patagonia, Argentina.  Alaska Public Television is currently airing  the documentary to local public broadcasting stations throughout the country . And we are raising funds to both develop a "what's next" curriculum and outreach program and to help complete the expanded interviews and make them available on this site and on our blog www.womensvoicesproject.tumblr.com.


ABOUT  OUR HOPE FOR YOU


It is our hope that those who read the book and the wisdom shared within it, and those who see our completed documentary, will be inspired and touched. It is our prayer that all who read the book or see the film will be emboldened to follow their own path, enlightened in their despair, enriched in their sense of who they are and embraced by the love and the beauty that surrounds us. Our prayer is also that the voices of all women will be heard throughout the world, and that as we listen, we will heal not only ourselves and future generations of women, but our mother earth as well.


ABOUT  THE AUTHOR


Susan Stark Christianson is an award-winning former journalist currently living in Juneau, Alaska and Birch Bay, Washington. She is the owner of Christianson Communications, an advertising and public relations firm, and Walton Group Publications, a new publishing business focused on promoting work by women. She is a former Deputy Director of Communications for the State of Alaska Office of the Governor. She recently developed a successful advertising campaign to bring awareness to the issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska.  Her volunteer work has included organizing the Spiritual Unity of Tribes - Gathering of Eagles held in South Dakota, serving on the Board of Directors of International Cross-Cultural Alcohol Program (Inter-CCAP), as well as numerous local service organizations.  Working on the book "Women's Voices: The Wisdom of the Grandmothers" and on the documentary "The Wisdom of the Grandmothers" was the fulfillment of a one of Susan's life dreams. It was also life-changing, providing her with the opportunity to meet and be inspired by the incredible mothers and grandmothers she met along the journey.


ABOUT  THE TRAVELERS