Agnes Baker Pilgrim

Chairman of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers ( (

“We can join together no matter what our religious or spiritual beliefs are. We can join together and fight to save our Earth Mother and salvage our own existence.”

Grandmother Agnes is the oldest known living female member of her tribe, the Takelma Indians, Confederated Tribes of Siletz,. An alumna of Southern Oregon University, with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in Native American Studies, she is a historian, storyteller, and cultural instructor. She is a spokeswoman for the "voiceless"--the animals, trees, and fish. She is a cancer survivor, a world renowned spiritual leader, member of the Historic Society and keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. She has been honored as a "Living Treasure" by her tribe the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and as a "Living Cultural Legend" by the Oregon Council of the Arts.

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