Margaret Behan

Margaret Behan

Member of the 13 Grandmothers Council

 

“If we want to see changes, first of all we need to be in peace inside ourselves, and then we need to be patient with the ones that have not yet arrived in that place of peace.”
—Margaret Behan, member of the 13 Grandmothers Council

Margaret Behan is one of the 13 grandmothers of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, a global alliance that teaches ancestral ways of prayer, education, and healing. Arapahoe-Cheyenne #003300, she is a leader of her tribe and a teacher of Cheyenne culture. Behan is fourth generation of the Sand Creek Massacre and attended the Catholic Mission and Government Boarding Schools as a child. A Cheyenne traditional dancer, she has served as a dance leader in Oklahoma and across the United States. Behan also has been a sculptress for 30 years and her clay figurines have won her many honors. She is an accomplished and published author, poet, and playwright, too. Behan formed and currently serves as president of the Cheyenne Elders Council, whose mission is to “heal our own oppression.”

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