I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself:
I am Grandmother Medicine Song, also known as Jeremie Lynne Leckron. I am a Spiritual Teacher, Storyteller and Ceremonial Leader. My heritage is both Anglo Saxon and Hopi American Indian. I was blessed to grow up in two worlds: the world of my white Mormon ancestry and that of my maternal Hopi Indian ancestry.
It is an honor for me to share my ideas and memories with you. I want you to know that I am uncomfortable talking about myself as I prefer “you get to know me by the way that I walk, and, I will get to know you by the way that you walk.” For me, it is the teachings that are of primary importance. I see myself as a conduit only, who has had the privilege to live and learn in two distinct worldviews.
I was born in Glendale, California in 1943, and as I write this I am currently 76 years old. I spent my childhood years in Salt Lake City, Utah as well as on 3rd Mesa in Arizona. My undergraduate education was at the University of Utah where I received a Masters Degree in Anthropology. Later, I attended the University of California Berkley where I received a Doctorate in Psychology and Post Doctorate work in Religion from the California Institute for Integral Studies. I consider myself a lifetime student of the work of Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner. I have also learned so much from marriage and raising my children.
The Ways and Wisdom…
Of all my formal education what I believe to be unique is the opportunity I was given to learn the ways and wisdom of the Hopi people from my maternal Grandmother. It is a very long story which I will expand upon at a later time. She was adopted into the family of a Mormon Missionary when she was around age 7 or 8. Her name in Hopi as I understand it was Komokpu Korani (Violet Small Owl, which could also translate to mean Pigmy owl,). Her lineage is from 3rd Mesa, Old Oraibi, Arizona and the clan name is either Lolama or Honau. Recently, I went back to Hopi in search of any remaining family members but was unsuccessful in finding living relatives.
Although my early learning of the ways of the people was primarily Hopi, I continued to learn from several American Indian Spiritual Leaders and Teachers. These include: Navaho, Zuni, and Oglala Sioux. I also studied with Sun Bear and Rolling Thunder. That being said the greatest truth singer in my life was Chief Dan Evehema of Hotevilla, Third Mesa, Hopi. I site these teachings and teachers in my audio podcast on, Hopi Wisdom Teachings.
I currently reside in Kentucky where I have lived for the past 20 years. I retired from the practice of Psychology when I was 50 and since then have dedicated my life to building a bridge between the “Anglo” and the “Indigenous” ways of thinking. I have created over fifty wisdom circle teachings, seventy stand-alone teachings and twenty-five workshops. Women and men of all ages have been sitting in Wisdom Circles learning through the oral tradition and learning how to ‘Walk the Beauty Way’. This has led to a growing local community in Kentucky of over 200 people. These Wisdom Circles are a tapestry woven from all the many facets of my life, combining my education as a Psychologist with that of the American Indian Spiritual Teachings I have learned.
The meaning of the title, “Grandmother”.
In the tradition of the People, I was given the name of Grandmother Medicine Song (So’o Ngahu Taawi ) at a council held in Zuni, Pueblo in the summer of 2017. I was given that name as well as permission to share my knowledge of the medicine teachings I hold in the oral tradition to a global community online. I take very seriously the title of “grandmother”. So’o (grandmother) is both a term of endearment as well as a sign of respect bestowed upon a woman.
Why Hopi Wisdom Teachings?
Beginning in 2019 and at the age of 75, I decided NOW was the time to make the necessary bridge to a larger global community by co-creating with the help of a few of my students the website, Hopi Wisdom Teachings. Through this website, my wish is to preserve for current and future generations an oral archive of the teachings and the method of understanding the “Wisdom” I have developed and taught over twenty-six years.
From this endeavor, I hope people of Non-Native American ancestry may find a deeper understanding of what this profound Wisdom IS and how it can aid in the healing and “wholing” of their personal lives as well as all life on Mother Earth. Through this process, I hope to transform your “Anglo” mind so you may find and begin to listen to your authentic voice (i.e. your original medicine).
As our perspective changes and we regain our “original” medicine we will be able to walk together in balance and harmony so that all life may coexist and flourish on Mother Earth. And so, I invite you to join with me as we “Walk The Beauty Way”.
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