Immediate Release 2015


Water is Life Walk ~ Quinebaug River

July 16, 2015 – July 31, 2015

FROM: The Headwaters in Mashapaug Pond, Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, CT

TO: The Convergence of Quinebaug River and Shetucket River in

The theme for the Water is Life Walks ~ Quinebaug River is the same theme of all the

walks, since 2011: “Ni guh Izhi chigay Nibi onji.” (“I will do it for the water.”) Josephine

Mandamin decided to walk, and others joined her and others are inspired by her to walk

for the SacredWater. Carole Blodgett is one of those that has been inspired and is been

Carole says, “Walking the Water is a healing prayer, every step is a prayer not just for

healing the water but for healing the broken connection between human beings and the

water that is the SOURCE OF ALL LIFE. We have forgotten the sacred nature of the water

as we have begun to see it as a RESOURCE to be bought and sold. The waters of the Last

Green Valley sustain the life of the human beings ~ the trees that hold the water within

the soil and provide the air we breathe ~ the foods that feed us, the animals that bring

beauty and balance to the forests, fields and farms ~ the animals that make our milk and

feed us all ~ and our children spend their first 9 months immersed in it.”

This is an Indigenous lead Interfaith walk, for we all must come together now to heal the

SacredWater ~ we are seeing Water Wars throughout the US and the world ~ oil spills,

fracking, radiation contamination, GMO’s and Chemical contamination are decimating the

SacredWater. If we do not know what is happening in and near our watershed we can not

protect the Source ~ nothing and No One lives without water.

We will gather the clear, clean waters of the headwaters, Mashapaug Pond, and we will

walk carrying the water every step of the way. Singing and praying for Nibi the

SacredWater of All Life. Our ancestors cut these waters in their dugout and birch bark

canoes from source to the sea with many portage trails alone the way! As we travel down

the river we will address the 16 dams along the river. Each dam obstructs the natural flow

of the water, the fish and wildlife needed to sustain a healthy river. Each dam creates a

catch-basin for pollutants and organic waste from the mills and communities upstream so

the pollution builds up as we go down the river.

You do not have to belong to a Tribal Nation for this to affect you ~ we where all born of

the water ~ all our children where born of the water and all our grandchildren will be born

of the water ~ if we do nothing WHAT KIND OF WATER will they spend those first 9

What can I do to help? SHOW UP ~ any time ~ any day ~ any where along the river.

Women come and Carry the Water, help with cooking, watch after the children.

1 ~ Open your home or yard to feed lunch or dinner to the walkers.

2 ~ Set up a watering station alone the road when we get to your town (NO

BOTTLED WATER PLEASE) all walkers will carry refillable water bottles.

3 ~ Donate firewood for the Sacred Fire.

4 ~ Plan an evening event and gather neighbors ~ you find the place and we will

come and share why we are walking.

5 ~ Prepaid gas cards for the follow car ~ carrying snacks and water, medical

6 ~ Contact us and we can let you know what we need that you can offer.

7 ~ If you can Click the DONATE button

your funds will pay for camp sites, food, firewood and gas for the support car that will

follow the walkers and carry elders who want to join but can not walk.

Contact: Carole Blodgett

60 Butts Rd Apt 24

Woodstock, CT 06281


Cell ~ 860-336-6819 (Water is Life in the subject line)


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Welcome to my web site! I am here to contribute and give another voice to the “The First Peoples” who have and continue to give to our world. It is our honor, privilege and a great blessing to highlight and serve all our ancestors. We (my family) continue to work at educating, promoting and highlighting our ancestral pasts and make a contribution to Indigenous Peoples and the Human Family around Mother Earth! To us it is our responsibility to educate and show the Indigenous Perspective that until recent years has not been allowed. The world needs to move forward in an Indigenous mind set our opinion to continue! We have been honored and blessed to be part of a wonderful people whose whole way of living is harmonious with Our Earth and all life. Each Day We walk in reverence on Mother Earth and live an ecologically sound lifestyle in reverence to Mother Earth. We live by the ancestral ways, respecting each other, loving each other and our Mother. Our families celebrate all the old ceremonies in honor of the Ancestors. We recycle, walk, and cherish her. We are the next generation of ancestors Racist comments of any nature will not be tolerated.
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