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We'd like to call your attention to a special feature of the Symposium website. We have interactive ways for you to add to our "Tributes and Gratitudes to Marija." Whether you knew Dr. Gimbutas personally, and want to share special memories, or you just want to express your gratitude for her groundbreaking research and her influence on your work, you may add your words and videos to an archive of appreciations for her scholarship. 
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"Marija Gimbutas opened a door that opened to the past and to the future simultaneously. I have great gratitude for her work that gave me an image, a history, a pearl of wisdom, and finally a connection with my forgotten heritage.

I was deeply touched when the Venus of Willendorf (that I saw in my early twenties during my studies of ancient architecture presented as a grotesque image of a woman) Became an image of the ancient great mother. It was a moment of awakening to realize that we women were not what the patriarchy sold us. That there was a time of sacredness of the feminine, that what I knew within myself and wasn’t able to put into words Marija did it.

Because her work, my life is full of mystery, unbounded creativity, and connected with the deep wisdom of the unconscious, that revealed over and over the sacredness of all life. The cycle of regeneration and the eternal renewal of the feminine principle.

Marija Gimbutas in many ways is our mother because she was the guiding force chosen to reveal the deepest proof that women have been waiting for too long. I am privilege to have been able to discover her work and be guided by it. She has inspired a whole generation of women to reclaim and to express from our deepest wellspring the images, the substance, and the amazing power of the feminine." 

-Noris Binet-

"Thank you so much to ASWM for organizing this wonderful online conference. I am not an archeologist but come to my interest in Gimbutas via my hobbyist's interest in European prehistoric goddess figurines."

-Nancy Young- 

"I have written four novels about the Goddess-worshiping people of Old Europe based the research of Marija Gimbutas: The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at The Gate, The Fires of Spring, and The Village of Bones. I first met Marija in person in the fall of 1991 when I visited her to ask her some questions about Old European culture.

I had been nervous about this meeting. Here was a scholar at the height of her career, and I was about to sit across from her and say I wanted to take her life’s work and use it as the basis of a series of novels. It seemed like hubris on my part, and I was afraid she might be offended.

Perhaps she sensed this, because she did everything she could to put me at east. Like many Eastern Europeans, Marija had profound respect for writers. She greeted me warmly, offered me a piece of the apple pie she had baked in celebration of my arrival, and then sat down with me and began to answer a long list of questions I had composed in advance. Soon our conversation caught fire, and we began to trade ideas. We speculated on whether or not the Old Europeans had a concept of fatherhood, discussed the changing symbolism of amber in the fifth millennium BCE, spoke of crops, domestic animals, religious rituals, and trade routes. At one point I asked her what she imagined the poetry of Old Europe to have been like, and she said: “I’m a scholar. I don’t imagine. That’s your job.”

With that sentence, she handed me a clear mandate to translate her archaeological research into fiction, and in the coming months, her enthusiasm never faltered. We spoke by phone a number of times, and when The Year The Horses Came was published, she wrote my editor a letter which said that I had “brilliantly and accurately . . . evoked the transition from matristic to patristic society.” If the novel had never been published, her letter would have made it worth writing, not just because it was flattering (which, of course, it was), but because it confirmed what I had felt when Marija and I spoke: that we were kindred spirits.

The most important gift Marija gave me that afternoon was a vision of European cultures living in equilibrium. Her research confirmed what I had long suspected: that there had been a time when women were honored, war was rare or unknown, and the Earth was worshiped as a living being.

We felt silent and smiled at each other. “Will it take you long to write the first novel in this series?” she asked as she rose to see me to my car. I said the novel would probably take me at least two years to complete. “Work quickly,” she urged."

-Mary Mackey-

"The work of Marija Gimbutas extends far beyond archeology. It is associated with a way of life; a worldview. She left us a valuable legacy, which we are called to continue. She is always a source of wisdom."

-Anastasia Karavasileiou- 

"I first learned about Marija Gimbutas as a student in the Women's Spirituality program at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (2010-2012). I was so excited to learn about her, because two of my grandparents were Lithuanian refugees. When I first saw the movie, "Signs Out of Time", I cried so hard I gulped for air: my people!

She was a major inspiration for my thesis: "Seeking Signs of the Spiritual Roles of Women in the Ancient Symbolism of Lithuanian Folksongs." As I wrote in my thesis, "The work of Marija Gimbutas, who collected and studied Lithuanian folk songs in her adolescence, Baltic mythology, and the Lithuanian tradition, served as sources of information about Lithuanian women and the uses of singing in their spiritual roles."

 "While still at the school, I attended a shamanic drumming circle. In a vision, Marija came to me and gave me a clay spiral; I made a necklace to remind me. This symbol speaks to me of Earth's sentience, and of Her request that we create with our hands."

-Lissa Callirhoe-

"I never met Dr. Gimbutas, but her books inspired me to change my worldview of pre-history. Her research and insight revealed a way of life that gave me hope for the future. If we could live in relative peace and equality for many thousands of years, there is a pathway to do it again. Thank you Marija, with all my heart, for the Wisdom you shared to so many."

-Nick Manolukas-

"Dearest Marija,

Your work has been, and will continue to be, life-changing for so many women. Your strength - in following your passion, trusting in your vision, and allowing ALL of who you were, all you knew, to shape your work and your Voice in the world - will be forever engraved on our hearts. Thank you for what you have given us, in your lived example as a woman of power, and in restoring to us a human history and philosophy of life that we can be proud of, and nurture in our lives today.

A Poem for Marija

She heard the voices,
Yes, calling through the ages
the bones unearthed

no longer weighed down
by aeons of soil.
Truth surfacing at last
from deep within the earth
from deep within us.
Truth rising to meet us
at the Millenium
time of change and reckoning.

We dream awake
a long-forgotten way.
In the darkness
the tomb of rebirth
is womb
where we hear with her

the voices of ancestors

In our bodies
memory awakes

gives birth to an old way
born newly in this
hour of turning.
What we birth is ourselves
our power
the joys and sorrows
of interbeing

with earth
and all of creation.

The Mother calls

remember, be with me
in this our garden

remember, dance your life
remember, breathe in spirit
remember, all one family
remember, all is change.

And yes, this world is

a changing place.

We flow like the seasons
through our lives

The moon is the tide
of our longing
now come to fullness.

The horn of plenty overflows
filled with life unfolding

rich harvest
springing from furrows

in the earth
from generational scars we bear
for all people.

What rises up from our dark soil

is power in remembering.
From our eyes fall

veils that took our sight.
From our ears fall
hands that stopped our hearing.

From our hearts fall

shields that guarded our souls.
We are walking anew
in the Garden

at home on Earth.

And now we know
there was a time before time,
when people spoke with animals
when the sun and moon
were lights of the soul
a time before war
when people of the Earth
sang creation's song
of Life, Death, and Renewal.

She heard the voices

Yes, calling through the ages

the bones unearthed
no longer weighed down.
The Truth she found
is a monument to her spirit
her spirit a song
of passion for Truth.

by Apara Borrowes-Toabe
In "From theRealm of the Ancestors:

An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas"

pp. 549-550

-Apara Borrowes-