The Women of the 14th Moon Ceremony has been attended and influenced by powerful women, many of whom have crossed over. This page honors some of those women who were involved in the organization of the ceremony or who have otherwise had an important effect on the development of the Women of the 14th Moon.
June La Grand (Sukyub’tet)
June La Grand (Sukyub’tet) was one of the original three women who conceived the Women of the 14th Moon ceremony in California. She was of Cherokee descent, and a student of Martin High Bear and John and Tara Goodvoice. The first ceremony was held in 1987, and June was the spiritual intercessor for five years. In 1990 she passed the fundamentals of the 14th Moon ceremony to her Circle of Flowers, which included Pam Jones and Debby Gregg. June died in June of 1992.
Marilyn Morningstar Morse
Marilyn Morningstar Morse attended the early 14th Moon ceremonies in Portland and was an intercessor for the ceremony when it was held at Oxbow Park the year it poured down rain in the early 2000’s. She was the Grandmother for the Stone River Community in Eugene, and helped many women in their journeys to become elders. For many years she was an editor of a fashion magazine for larger women. She was also the first editor of, and helped Linda Neale to shape her book “The Power of Ceremony”. She attended many sundances at Pilot Rock, and while there she always cooked pork chops for Rod. Many 14th Moon women made journeys to Eugene to talk to Marilyn. Her home was always open, and she loved to share stories. She had two children. She passed away in July, 2014.
Marilyn Bonney was the intercessor for the third 14th Moon ceremony held in the Portland area. She was also a sundancer and the lead woman dancer at the Pilot Rock sundance. It was she who presented an eagle feather to a group of women to create and build the Women’s Spirit Drum that we use at the 14th Moon and other women’s ceremonies. She taught tai chi for many years to seniors and others in the Chico, California area, and had a sweat lodge where many women first learned about ceremony. Marilyn was a strong and courageous woman who was dedicated to following her own guidance and was not afraid to stand up to those who told her to do things differently. She had two children and was one of Linda Neale’s best friends. She was also friends with Debby Gregg, Olivia Oso, and many other women who were central in creating the 14th Moon ceremony. She died on May 15, 2012.
Debby Gregg was a student of June La Grand’s, a sundancer, and an amazing singer and composer. She was a member of June’s sacred Circle of Flowers, and was involved in the 14th Moon ceremony from its beginnings in 1987. She wrote the “Women of the 14th Moon” song. She was a quiet, humble woman, who loved the land and her ceremonies. A few years before she died she was finally able to purchase a home in the Bay area which was located on a small acreage with trees and a stream. In 1998 she protested when her neighbor illegally cut his trees down to the edge of the stream, and was shot and killed by this neighbor. The neighbor was eventually convicted and sent to prison. Debby was a “keeper of the land that she walked upon,” -- a verse from her 14th Moon song.
Eagle Stone Woman (Cher Bear)
Cher Bear was a fierce, dynamic woman who contributed much to the Women of the 14th Moon ceremony and the Native community in the Portland area. She mentored many women, including Julie Rochelle-Stevens, Linda Neale, Judy Schaeffer, and others, teaching them the importance of standing in the center of their own hoops and following their own guidance. She was a sundancer, a sister to Rod McAfee, and was the lead woman dancer at the Sungleska sundance for many years. Cher Bear passed into the spirit world in 2003.
Maija was born in Latvia, and was masterful in the art of natural healing. She was an expert listener and friend to many, becoming Grandmother Maija to all the women who attended the Portland 14th Moon ceremony. She firmly believe in the spirits of the Grandmothers who, she knew, watched over us -- encouraging us to meet our destinies. She never stopped reaching for life, always paying attention to her own insights and healing. She was a model both for being an elder and a vulnerable human being. She passed away in 2014.
Linda was a free spirit, a scamp, and a prankster, and loved to laugh at herself. She loved animals of all kinds, especially squirrels, and loved to go "deer hugging". She came to cherish and value friendships with women later in life, and became a long-time participant in 14th Moon ceremonies where she developed deep and lasting connections. The weekend before she died in 2015 she led the maiden ceremony at the 14th Moon in Madras, Oregon.