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“Here Are Your Waters…”

Robert Frost


1000 Hummingbirds Women’s Council ~ WHO WE ARE
We are a Native/non-Native collaborative council of women, convened in truth by one little hummingbird.

Regional contamination of a People’s drinking water and no reasonable or effective Civic response;  seemingly no recourse.  Into such gross inequity, zips one little hummingbird.

The medicine of hummingbird is JOY. The essence of hummingbird is levity.  The flight of a hummingbird seems to defy even physical laws. Hummingbird flits in, cuts through the immediacy of despair.  What more powerful combination to address the Water sovereignty Question of Our Time?

Ohlone elders thus moved; that a formal structure be activated and enacted in Ohlone/Costanoan territory for the express purpose of applying collective wisdom to issues of environmental, social and economic equity.

The historic decision was made with acute awareness for the vulnerability of women, most particularly mothers, confronted with hazardous conditions that can only be resolved through broad collaborations and civic action.

We all share the horror of a child having nothing to drink but water that we have somehow polluted. Here is the water our children bathe in.  Here is the water we drink. Here is Water, that IS our life-blood. This is where we begin, even as we know it is the web of life itself that is at stake.

 1000 Hummingbird ‘All Women All Nations’  for the Waters of the Earth

“If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known.”
–Matthew Arnold, British poet and philosopher (1822-1888)

The 1000 Hummingbird Council was formed in Ohlone territory; the San Francisco Bay Area in the Central Coast region of California.

The mandate of the Council is explicit: CLEAN WATER and well-being for all; no exceptions; {“All Our Relations”}

1000 Hummingbirds was activated for a 4-year cycle; for the Waters of the Earth, for rebirth and renewal; “All Women, All Nations”, from a common spirit-base, together distill inspired solutions. The vision of course was reaching out beyond this 4-year cycle. This seeding of hummingbird medicine Women for the Waters is for Life.   Profound well-being for all Peoples; All Our Relations. This is the core purpose and intent of Hummingbird Water Woman inter-weaving.

Native women always took care of source and supply networks. The Hummingbird Water Woman cross-creed Council convened and drew from the wisdom of such traditional networks.   Hummingbird Water Women are addressing the preservation and/or restoration of these supply source networks, as well as drawing those who are willing to learn to build, expand and preserve these connections locally and across regions and Nations.  The vision for all 1000 Hummingbird activities is effective collaboration and action that can be replicated and maintained successfully. Hummingbird Water Women bring solutions Home.


The 1000 Hummingbird Way:  “All Women, All Nations”; indeed.  This was our call to action through Vision and we stepped up for a 4-year Ceremony cycle, completed in May 2012. Now people of every race, gender, and creed lend their good spirit to this Purpose, Intention, and Outcome:  everybody counts, everybody matters. Water is Life.

The 3% of available freshwater on the Earth is a non-negotiable right for every living thing on our precious Planet.

Even as you read this message, Hummingbird has reached you.  Do not be surprised to find yourself further drawn by the Hummingbird and it’s symbolic nature.  As you bring the Hummingbird imagery ‘Home’ to your own sacred spaces and places, focus your heart-mind for optimum outcomes.

We are truly galvanized by the Heart which, by its very nature, knows how we can evolve ourselves and our world in such a way that our choices inherently celebrate and cherish “all children of all species for all time.”

It is our joy to share that from the time the Council first convened, we have been alerted to ever new accounts of phenomenal hummingbird encounters.


“I long, as does every human being,
to be at home wherever I find myself.”
Maya Angelou


The first 1000 hummingbird gathering took place in Spring 2009 in Coyote Hills.

 Grandmothers from First Nations made the journey from their Homelands.

And, by word of mouth the women came; inspired by hummingbird, representing every decade of womanhood, representing near and far distant shores. Just as the elders had envisioned, and in keeping with the spirit of hummingbird, a vibrant scene unfurled. Women came with stories, songs, food & medicine.  Women came with profound gifts of healing to share.

Bright August Joy by Francene Hart

The uplifting nature of women gathered for an over-arching, life-enhancing common purpose, and drawing on the ancient ways that honor all Beings; the magnitude of this intention was felt and carried home, together with the knowledge that the Vision was now held by the many, and held close to the heart. The Weaving of a new Basket had begun.

 “Through building creative partnerships among empowered, deeply unique individuals and groups, deep democracy enables real community wisdom to emerge. Peace, justice and fruitful, sustainable lives are natural concomitants of this process…” Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence

The 1000 Hummingbird Council is charged with spanning nations and continents to facilitate open channels; international communication and effective response mechanisms, particularly when women; mothers with young children, Send A Voice. Too often, such a voice has gone unheard, when the situation required swift resolution for a pressing environmental/ economic travesty.

 It’s about the water, it’s about that which supports and sustains life. It’s about the women; the mothers…

It’s about our babies and children and all that we hold dear.

1000 Hummingbird Council
A council of indigenous and other nation women, who convened in response to the 1000 Hummingbird Vision, received in the wake of a profound concern for indigenous families subject to regional contamination of their drinking water.

1000 Hummingbird Vision called for Women to step up for Water; for that which sustains All Life…; for All Peoples.

Ohlone/Costanoan elders came together and concurred that an ancient protocol be enacted; the women would be invited to gather for 4 consecutive years, hosted here in Ohlone/Costanoan territory for the express purpose of applying collective wisdom to issues of environmental, social and economic equity.

This historic decision was made with stark knowledge of the vulnerability of women, most particularly mothers, confronted with hazardous conditions that can only be resolved through broad collaborations and civic action.



When Hummingbird suddenly hovers right in our space like never before, we are inspired to something heretofore unimagined.

“Hover little Hummingbird
Your medicine is Huge in these
dire and beautiful times…”

“I am not an alarmist but I knew something significant was going on. I couldn’t be on my porch for more than a minute without the hummer hovering overhead; the tiniest of all birds…the only creature that can stop dead while traveling at full speed…hover or fly forward, backward, up, or down, its wings flapping at 50 times per second in the configuration of an eight, the sign for infinity.”  A.L.

Hummingbird characteristics are every bit as impressive as high speed internet! A seed was planted that effectively convened the 1000 Hummingbird Council. Comparing notes after the coalition was formed with astonishing acuity, the common factors between a surprising number of the women who had been drawn together were these:

  •  Movers and shakers in their own circles, especially in relation to social or environmental inequities
  • Phenomenal & sustained encounters with Hummingbirds

While repeated and widespread environmental degradation is certain cause for alarm, the tiny bird who inspired the formation of the council is not. The nature of this wingéd thing is that it is felt, by all accounts, as a gift of Joy whenever it flits in; a prolonged encounter with a Hummingbird will reverberate long after this tiny creature has zipped away on its 50-flaps-a-second wings.

“How do we love all the children of all species for all time?” Asked eco-architect William McDonough; The response, in the Hummingbird context, came literally as a download:

“1000 Hummingbird All Women All Nations Rebirthing Ceremony for the Healing of the Earth.” 

May you be inspired to lift your heart, lift your voice and lift your energy.  Step forward and with absolute purpose, find a way to heal and protect Earth using the skills already born within you.  “Through every action there is a reaction.” Let your actions move others to reflect upon their own.  The time is now!  Do not delay.



“Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! That a spring was breaking Out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, Water of a new life That I have never drunk?” ~Antonio Machado~ 

SPEAKING OF WATER: “It is part of our common heritage. It’s a public trust. It belongs to other species and it belongs to future generations as much as it belongs to us.” Maude Barlow

Ohlone-inspired Hummingbird Water Woman (& Hummingbird New Dawn Woman) © 2008, from original vision sketch by Ohlone Woman, Catherine Herrera, and rendered spirit-into-form by the 1000 Hummingbird Council, with the generous help & expertise of Jason Hendricks of Shadowline Graphics. All Rights Reserved.

May 2012 marked the 4th and final year of 1000 Hummingbirds International Women’s inaugural Gathering hosted in Ohlone territory – Thank you for your support!!  It was soooo incredible!  Pictures and comments can be found on FaceBook Group Page (request permission to join).