The theme for the Water is Life Water Walk is the same theme of all the walks, since 2003: “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 water. Carole Blodgett is one of those that are inspired and being called to walk the water. Carole says “Many may not see a mountain as a water source but the reality is that the glacier feeds many of the rivers. This Glacier is receding like all glaciers throughout the world. Why, perhaps it is earth mothers way of healing the oceans. We have polluted the with radiation, oil spills, sewage, all kinds of toxic chemicals, and even have a floating island of plastic. Why walk the water…”I do it for the water” water has been my teacher, my healer, my comforter and is the very source ofy life. We are 75-85% Join us in the prayer!
Thanks to Tunkasila and the Grandmothers who are walking the water.
WATER IS LIFE WALK ~ PENOBSCOT RIVER is a healing walk for the SacredWater
within the Penobscott River Watershed and ALL LIFE that the SacredWater sustains.
Each step is a prayer. As we carry the SacredWater with love, respect, and gratitude;
our footsteps transfer those energies into the land where it is picked up by every drop of
water in the soil and that is then passed on to the water within the roots of all plants and
trees and the bodies of every burrower. As the drops gather into streams, creeks,
brooks and rivers the finned, winged and the 4 legged come to the SacredWater and
they too pick up those energies. Praying for the SacredWater is praying for every thing
and everyone ~ for nothing lives without water.
We walk because the ancestors walked ~ by walking we follow in their footsteps and
can pick up the treasures” that where left along the trail!! The Seventh Fire Prophecy
tells us to pick up the treasures left by the ancestors and bring them back. One of the
“treasures” that was left for us to pick up is the connection of Human Beings to the
SacreWater that birthed us all. When we find or rebirth this connection we begin to
move from seeing Water as a resource into the deeper understanding that SacredWater
is the SOURCE of Life. That process helps return the sacred nature of water back into
the word and our understanding of that sacredness. In Native languages the words for
water include within the word the Sacred Nature of the Water. When I speak in English I
like to say SacredWater as one word because in English the sacred nature of water has
been removed from the word. In
In Panaswampsek (Penobscot) Nə̀pi is the sacred water of all life.
Water Is Life Walk is also a CELEBRATION OF LIFE. As we walk we take notice of all
the plants and animals that come across our path and look inside to see their
connection to each other and the SacredWater. It is a way of reconnecting ourselves to
All That Is within the Web of Life. Bringing us back to the understanding that none of the
plants and animals that feed us would be here if it where not for the water, none of the
trees and plants that make our air would be here and without them we would not be
here! All of this helps us remember or renew our personal connection to the
SacredWater that birthed us all and continues to sustain us everyday.
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.
All Nations ~ All Faiths ~ One Prayer for the SacredWater is the connecting Source Of
Life ~ the Great Unifier.
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
BOTTLED WATER PLEASE) all walkers will carry refillable water bottles.
~ Donate firewood for the Sacred Fire.
~ Plan an evening event and gather neighbors ~ you find the place and we will
come and share about the water and why we are walking.
~ Prepaid gas cards for the follow car ~ carrying snacks and water, medicines and first
aide supplies, and elders who want to join but can not walk
~ 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, firewood
and gas for the support car and whatever else may be needed
Contact: Carole Blodgett
Cell ~ 860-336- 6819 (no reception at home ~ only for on the road)
NurtureTheChildren@hotmail.com (Water is Life in the subject line)