PRESS RELEASE- IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

Water is Life Walk ~ Penobscot River

July 4, 2016 – August 1, 2016

FROM: The Headwaters of the West Branch and East Branch

TO: Penobscot Bay ~ Sandy Point Beach Park

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

walks, since 2011: “I will do it for the water”.

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin decided to walk for the water, and others joined her

and others are inspired by her; Carole Blodgett is one of those that is inspired by her to

Walk for the Water. Inspired by the work and words of other Grandmothers like Mona

Palaka and Angus Pilgrim to come back to the water she went on a Quest and stepped

out to follow the vision and direction from that Quest.

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

Penobscot River sustain the life of the human beings. The trees and plants hold the

water within the soil and provide the air we breathe, the foods that feeds us, the

animals that bring beauty and balance to the forests, fields and farms, the animals that

make the milk and eggs to feed us all ~ The SacredWater is the unifying force of all

things within the Web of Life.

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 and we will walk carrying them

water every step of the way. Singing and praying for Nepi the SacredWater of All Life.

Our ancestors cut these waters in their 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

dams along the river. Each dam obstructs the natural flow of the water and movement

of the fish and wildlife that are 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

nine months in??

What can I do to help?

~ Join the planning and preparation team ~ your knowledge of the river and your

town is valuable to me as I live in Connecticut ~ we need planning

committees for 1) opening and closing events 2) housing or camping 3) food

donations 4) local speaking events along the river 5) Media (radio, TV and

news) 6) police notifications 7) fund raising and donations from local

businesses (food or needed items or cash)

~ SHOW UP ~ any time ~ any day ~ any where along the river.

~ Women come and Carry the Water, prepare food for the walkers, watch after

the children and elders in base camp. Hold sacred space in base camp along

with the fire tenders bringing a balance of masculine and feminine energies

around the Sacred Fire.

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

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

~ Donate firewood for the Sacred Fire.

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

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

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

~ If you can Click the DONATE button your funds will pay for camp sites, food,

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

come and share about the water and why we are walking.

first aide supplies, and elders who want to join but can not walk

firewood and gas for the support car and whatever else may be needed

https://waterislifewalk.wordpress.com/donate/

Contact: Carole Blodgett

60 Butts Rd Apt 24

Woodstock, CT 06281

Home ~ 860-315-7034

Cell ~ 860-336-6819 (no reception at home ~ only for on the road)

NurtureTheChildren@hotmail.com (Water is Life in the subject line)

PRESS RELEASE

Water is Life Walk ~ Penobscot River

July 4, 2016 – August 1, 2016

FROM: The Headwaters of the West Branch and East Branch

TO: Penobscot Bay ~ Sandy Point Beach Park

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

walks, since 2011: “I will do it for the water”.

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin decided to walk for the water, and others joined her

and others are inspired by her; Carole Blodgett is one of those that is inspired by her to

Walk for the Water. Inspired by the work and words of other Grandmothers like Mona

Palaka and Angus Pilgrim to come back to the water she went on a Quest and stepped

out to follow the vision and direction from that Quest.

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

Penobscot River sustain the life of the human beings. The trees and plants hold the

water within the soil and provide the air we breathe, the foods that feeds us, the

animals that bring beauty and balance to the forests, fields and farms, the animals that

make the milk and eggs to feed us all ~ The SacredWater is the unifying force of all

things within the Web of Life.

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 and we will walk carrying them

water every step of the way. Singing and praying for Nepi the SacredWater of All Life.

Our ancestors cut these waters in their 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

dams along the river. Each dam obstructs the natural flow of the water and movement

of the fish and wildlife that are 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

nine months in??

What can I do to help?

~ Join the planning and preparation team ~ your knowledge of the river and your

town is valuable to me as I live in Connecticut ~ we need planning

committees for 1) opening and closing events 2) housing or camping 3) food

donations 4) local speaking events along the river 5) Media (radio, TV and

news) 6) police notifications 7) fund raising and donations from local

businesses (food or needed items or cash)

~ SHOW UP ~ any time ~ any day ~ any where along the river.

~ Women come and Carry the Water, prepare food for the walkers, watch after

the children and elders in base camp. Hold sacred space in base camp along

with the fire tenders bringing a balance of masculine and feminine energies

around the Sacred Fire.

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

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

~ Donate firewood for the Sacred Fire.

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

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

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

~ If you can Click the DONATE button your funds will pay for camp sites, food,

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

come and share about the water and why we are walking.

first aide supplies, and elders who want to join but can not walk

firewood and gas for the support car and whatever else may be needed

https://waterislifewalk.wordpress.com/donate/

Contact: Carole Blodgett

60 Butts Rd Apt 24

Woodstock, CT 06281

Home ~ 860-315-7034

Cell ~ 860-336-6819 (no reception at home ~ only for on the road)

NurtureTheChildren@hotmail.com (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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