Language of the Goddess

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This presentation was part of the From the Realm of the Ancestors: Language of the Goddess conference sponsored by the Women’s Spirituality Program at CIIS (June 12-14, 1998 at Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason in San Francisco) in honor of the pioneering archeologist Marija Gimbutas. The conference focused on the necessity of refocusing our collective memory, and to the cultivation of vision, creativity, insight, and the celebration of life. The conference was moderated by Joan Marler and featured presentations by scholars and artists who acknowledge the significance of Dr. Gimbutas’ research and theories. Gimbutas’ discovery of Goddess-centered, matristic societies that preceded the development of patriarchy in Europe has initiated a new perception of European prehistory that challenges traditional assumptions about the origins of western civilization.


Rose Wognum Frances, M.F.A. is the former director of the Women’s Spirituality Programs at New College of California and the California Institute of Integral Studies, both in San Francisco. She is a nationally recognized artist working in mixed media, including painting, metalwork, textiles, and woodwork. Her artwork has been shown since 1970 in numerous museums and galleries, including the American Craft Museum, New York, N.Y., the Corcoran Gallery and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. From 1975-1985 she was faculty in the Fine Arts Department of Florida International University. Her research and teaching integrates the creative process, the language of myth and symbol, art history, and shamanism.