dedication and organization

opening words


the program

literature of the lecturers






press releases

1st World Congress on Matriarchal Studies
Luxembourg 2003
Selected Papers


Center for the Study of the Gift Economy

International Academy Hagia

Thursday 29th September   Texas State University, San Marcos
  Opening Ritual
9:00 - 9:30a.m. Words of Welcome
  Heide Goettner-Abendroth
       International Academy  HAGIA, Germany
  Genevieve Vaughan
       Center for the Study of the Gift Economy, USA
  Sandra Mayo,
       Multicultural and Gender Studies, Texas State University-San Marcos

Part I.  Theory and Politics of Matriarchal Societies

9:30 - 10:30a.m.      Panel 1
  Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany
  Matriarchal Societies – Definition and Theory
  Claudia von Werlhof, Austria
  The Utopia of a Motherless World – Patriarchy as "War-System"
  Genevieve Vaughan, USA/Italy
  Matriarchy vs. the Market
10:30 - 11 a. m. Discussion with the audience
11 - 11:30 a. m. Break
  Part II.  Present Matriarchal Societies - America
11:30 a. m. - 1:30 p. m.      Panel 2: North America and Oceania
  Barbara Mann, Bear Clan of the Ohio Seneca, Iroquois, USA
  "They Are the Soul of the Councils": The Iroquoian Model of Woman-Power
[Keynote Speaker]
  Jeanette Armstrong, Syilx, Okanagan, Canada
  The (Okanagan), Syilx Principles of Coexistence
  Mililani B. Trask, Hawaii
  About the Polynesian People
  Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese, Samoan, New Zealand
  Restoring Liberative Elements of our Cultural Gender Arrangements
1:30 - 2 p. m. Discussion with the audience
2 - 3:30 p. m. Lunch Break
3:30 - 6 p. m.      Panel 3:  Central and South America
  Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Germany
  Matriarchal Principles for Today Economies and Societies:
  What We Can Learn from Juchitán / Mexico

Rosa Martha Toledo, Juchiteca, Mexico

  The Life Cycle of  the Juchiteca
  Dona Enriqueta Contreras, midwife/healer, Oaxaca, Mexico
  The Sierra Juarez Zapotecs of Oaxaca as a Cultural Matriarchy
  Antje Olowaili, Germany
  "Goldmother Created her Children on Earth"– The Kuna Culture
  Mariela de la Ossa, Kuna, Panama
  About the Kuna people
6 - 6:30 p. m. Discussion with the audience
8:30 - 9:30 p. m. Evening  program
  Uschi Madeisky and Gudrun Frank-Wissmann, Germany
  "Societies in Balance": Film documentation of the
  First World Congress on Matriarchal Studies, Luxembourg 2003

Friday 30th September  Texas State University, San Marcos

  Opening ritual
  Part III.  Present Matriarchal Societies - Africa
9 - 10:30 a. m.      Panel 4:  North Africa
  Hélène Claudot-Hawad, France
"Woman the Central Pillar of Society"
  The Representation of Gender among the Tuareg (Imajaghen)/Sahara
  Fatimata welet Halatine, Tuareg (Imajaghen), Central Sahara
  Renouncing privileges: a Tuareg Woman in Modern Times
  Malika Grasshoff, Kabyle, Berber, Algeria/France/Germany
  The Central  Position of Women among the Berber People
of Northern Africa, exemplified by Kabyle Women
10:30 - 11 a. m. Discussion with the audience
11 - 11:30 a. m. Break
11:30 a. m. - 2 p. m.      Panel 5: West and South Africa
  Wilhelmina J. Donkoh, Akan, Ghana, West Africa
  Female Leadership among the Ashante
  Gad A. Osafo, healer, Akan, Ghana, West Africa
  Akan Healing Heritage – an Overview
  Cécile Keller, woman doctor/healer, Switzerland
  Matriarchal Medicine
  Dr. Yvette Abrahams, Khoekhoe, Namibia, South Africa
  Living in Our Natural World:
Indigenous Women, Power and Knowledge
  Bernedette Muthien, Khoisan, South Africa
  Beyond Patriarchy: The Khoisan and Partnership
2 - 2:30 p. m. Discussion with the audience
2:30 - 4 p. m. Lunch Break
  Part IV.  Present Matriarchal Societies - Asia
4 - 6  p. m.      Panel 6:  India, Sumatra, China
  Patricia Mukhim, Khasi, Northeast India
  Matriliny among the Khasi and Garos of Meghalaya:
  Challenges and Opportunities
  Savithri de Tourreil, Nayar, Kerala, Southwest India/Canada
  Nayars: matrilineal or matriarchal or a bit of both?
  How do they fit into a South Indian Matrix
  Peggy Reeves Sanday, USA
  Divine Queenship: Considerations from the Minangkabau of West Sumatra
  of West Sumatra
  Ibu Ita Malik, Minangkabau, Sumatra, Indonesia
  The Role of Minangkabau Women
6 - 6:30 p. m. Break
6:30 - 7:30 p. m. Lamu Gatusa, Mosuo, China
  A Sacred Place of Matriarchy: Lugu Lake – Harmonious Past and Challenging Present
  Danshilacuo, Mosuo, China
  Mosuo Woman – Environment, Pullulation, and Views on Own Culture
7:30 - 8 p. m. Discussion with the audience
Saturday  1st October     Texas State University, San Marcos
  Opening ritual
  Part V. Past - Historical Matriarchal Societies
9 - 11:30 p.m.      Panel 7:  Research in the USA
  Joan Marler, USA
  Old  Europe through  a  Matriarchal  Lens
  Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Italy/USA
  Black Madonnas, Cathars, and Witches – Peaceful Societies and Violence
  Vicki Noble, USA
  Those Without Husbands: How the Amazons Got Their Name
  Marguerite Rigoglioso, USA
  In Search of the Libyan Amazons: Preliminary Research in Tunisia
  Susan Gail Carter, USA
  The Matristic Roots of Japan
  and the Emergence of the Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-o-mi-kami
11:30 - 12 P. m. Discussion with the audience
12 - 2 p. m. Lunch Break
2 - 4 p. m.      Panel 8:  Research in Europe
  Annette Kuhn, Germany
  Transitions of Matriarchal Power in the Symbolic and Social Sphere in History
  Kurt Derungs, Switzerland
  Landscape of the Ancestress. Principles of the Matriarchal
  Philosophy of Nature and the Mythology of Landscape
  Kaarina Kailo, Finland
  The "Helka Fest" - Traces of a Finno-Ugric Matriarchy and Worldview?
  Christa Mulack, Germany
  Matriarchal Structures in the Hebrew Bible
4 - 4:30 p. m. Discussion with the audience
4:30 - 5 p. m. Break
5 - 5:40 p. m. Origin of  Patriarchy
  Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Germany
  Origin of Patriarchy -
  Criticism of Theories and a Suggestion for the Solution
5:40 - 6 p. m. Discussion with the audience
8 - 9 p. m. Evening program
  Max Dashu, USA
  Slides Show: Mother-Right and Gender Justice
  Lydia Ruyle, USA
  Icons: Sacred Images of the Divine Feminine Around the Globe
Sunday  2nd October      San Marcos, Texas
  At the Parks and Recreation Dept. Activities Center
501 East Hopkins
San Marcos TX 78766
  Opening ritual
  Part VI. Matriarchal Politics
9 - 11  a. m.
Big Panel: All of the lecturers are invited who would like to make
a short statement on this topic.
Discussion with the audience
11 - 11:30 a. m. Break
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Developing  a DECLARATION
San Marcos River
3 - 6 p. m.
Public matriarchal ritual of
"The Circle of a Peaceful World"
All of the speakers and participants are invited.
Exhibitions during all days of the Congress:
  Exhibition:   "The Foundation for a Compassionate Society"
  Austin, Texas, USA
  Photo Exhibition: "The New Matriarchal Mystery Festivals",
  Academy HAGIA,  Germany
  Exhibition: Texas State University Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies
  Exhibition: "The Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess-International ", USA
  Photo Exhibition: "The Life Cycle of  the Juchiteca, Mexico"
  Goddess Banners from Lydia Ruyle,  USA