Mary Lyons, Ojibwe Elder, Niish-Nibi-Ikwe “Second Water Woman”, Elder of Mitigwakk-Daywaygus-Giwstashskad “Water Drum Circle”, Sr. Member of the “Top Hat Medicine Dress/Long Skirt Society”, Spiritual Advisor, Storyteller, Wisdom Teacher. One of the four Indigenous Grandmothers that oversee the Women of Wellbriety, Int’l. and active United Nations Observer on Women/Indigenous Issues.
Great-Grandmother Mary carries an intense professional portfolio, her contribution to the wellness of women and families stands at the forefront of her commitments in the areas of “talking circles, ceremonies, Vision interpretations, one on one Spiritual Guidance.” Amidst her wellness journeys, she finds time to do presentations on cultural issues of displaced Native children that have been placed into foster care and adoption.
“Creation has provided us with a spirit wrapped in this blanket we call a body, so, we walk in this world with speaking of two, the “We” factor. Our love for the circle of life is taught to our children as we live our ancestors teachings daily. We are all leaders and when we come to the end of our earthly pathways of life, we turn around and see what we have taught our children…we will either smile or we will weep…our pathways, our imprints, our history will live through the ones we leave behind.”