Just found this invitation in my mailbox. Morgaine, have you heard of this group before? Sounds very, very interesting. I can't believe they found this many speakers who feel their indigenous societies are (or were) woman-centered!
Of course there's that old theory that goes like this: since 99.99% of anthropologists were male (up until recently), they "found" what they were looking for, i.e., male domination. Early missionaries and explorers, too, were male, and would refuse to speak to a leader if she was a she (so the theory goes), demanding instead to speak to a man. In some groups, this would have elevated the status of men (to be considered superior by these "superior" people with all the technological goodies.... My, my!).
----- Original Message -----
From: Vicki Noble
Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 3:42 PM
Dear Motherpeace Friend:
Please don't miss this opportunity to participate in an historic discussion and sharing about ancient and contemporary societies that function from a woman-centered, egalitarian point of view--providing a peaceful and harmonious vision of what is possible. Hear indigenous voices explaining in their own words what it is like to live in a bonafide matriarchal world.
The conference (thanks to its generous donor and co-sponsor, Gen Vaughan) is free to participants who register to attend.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Blessings, Vicki Noble
The Second World Congress on Matriarchal Studies
SOCIETIES OF PEACE
Matriarchal societies past and present.
Matriarchal spirituality. Matriarchal policy.
Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2005
Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Presented by the Center for the Study of the Gift Economy, USA and
the International Academie HAGIA, Germany.
Contrary to the common prejudice which sees matriarchies as “women's rule”
these societies have real gender-egalitarian, consensus-based and peaceful
traditions. Their cultural genius can give the guidelines for a better future.
Please come to this groundbreaking congress which will bring together
speakers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America with a special
invitation to indigenous women and men from matriarchal societies worldwide.
Speakers:Yvette Abrahams, Khoekhoe, Khoisan Zaire, South Africa
Jeanette Armstrong, Syilx,Okanagan, Canada
Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Germany
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Italy/USA
Hélène Claudot-Hawad, France
Doña Enriqueta Contreras, Oaxaca, Mexico
Susan Gail Carter, USA
Wilhelmina J. Donkoh, Akan, Ghana, West Africa
Max Dashu, USA
Kurt Derungs, Switzerland
Malika Grasshoff, Kabyle, Berber, North Africa/France/Germany
Heide Göttner-Abendroth, Germany
Lamu Gatusa (Shi Gaofeng), Mosuo, China
Fatimata welet Halatine, Imajaghen (Tuareg), Sahara, N. Africa
Kaarina Kailo, Finland
Cécile Keller, Switzerland
Annette Kuhn, Germany
Uschi Madeisky, Germany
Barbara Mann, Bear Clan of the Ohio Seneca, Iroquois, USA
Ibu Ita Malik, Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia
Joan Marler, USA
Bernadette Muthien, Khoekhoe, Khoisan, Zaire, South Africa
Patricia Mukhim, Khasi, Northwest India
Christa Mulack, Germany
Vicki Noble, USA
Antje Olowaili, Germany
Gad A. Osafo, Akan, Ghana, West Africa
Peggy Reeves Sanday, USA
Marguerite Rigolioso, USA
Lydia Ruyle, USA
Rosa Martha Toledo, Juchiteca, Mexico
Mililani Trask, Hawaii
Tamanese, Maori, Samoa
Genevieve Vaughan, USA
Claudia von Werlhof, Austria
Please register now at
Co sponsored by California Institute for Integral Studies Women's Spirituality Program, Indigenous Women's Network, Institute for Archaeomythology, Reformed Church of the Goddess International, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Thnx to ncrotty for the foto