April 20th - Water Walk - Spirit Mountain, Duluth (FDL)
Centered within Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Ceremonial teachings and conduct, Josephine Mandamin, joined by other Anishinaabe Elders, Leaders, Youth, and Water Walkers, will begin the 2017 "For the Earth and Waters" Water Walk: From West to East at Spirit Mountain in Duluth MN. The day will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony, followed by other protocols culminating with the lifting of Nibi (the Water) and the start of the Water Walk.
It is Day 1 of an epic journey where Nibi will carry the Water Walkers as they carry Her through the pathway of the Ancestors along the shores of the Great Lakes with the final stopping place occurring at Matane, Quebec. The Water from Lake Superior will be ceremonially joined with the Water from the St. Lawrence.
In solidarity and support with the Water Walkers is the Picking Up the Bundles Canoe Journey; these young Anishinaabe men along with their team will be canoeing the waterways in Ceremony for the Water as well.
This Anishinaabeg ceremonial movement of the Water Walk and the Canoe Journey is in honour of Nibi’s gift of life for all of Creation. We move to remember how, without the Water, nothing would survive, including us. We move to remind others of the need to protect Her for future generations. We move because Water is Life.
All are welcome to attend. Protocols and other information will be uploaded to our Facebook pages and websites (see below).
Join us on Day 1, or on other days, or in your own community around your own lakes and rivers, and say:
Nga-zhichige Nibi Onji “I will do it for the water!”
(NOTE: This is just the event posting for Day 1 of this much longer journey)
If you have any questions regarding the Water Walk, please see our website:www.motherearthwaterwalk.com, message us at our FB page "For the Earth and Water Walk 2017" or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding the Canoe Journey please see our website:www.pickingupthebundles.com, message us at our FB page "Picking Up the Bundles Canoe Journey" or email us at email@example.com.
We gratefully acknowledge nêhiyaw artist Tannis Nielsen who created the image used for the cover photo and gave it to us to use as we wish.