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CENSORED NEWS: Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe) The “Water Walker” #IdleNoMore

With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes. She is known as a “water walker.” According to the Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44% of the circumference of the earth. - Read More
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Tom Goldtooth of the Dakota people in Minnesota and a spokesperson f the Indigenous Environmental Network opened the meeting by reminding the gathering that the indigenous movement “has never been idle” in its work, a reference to the Idle No More movement. He in turn called upon Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), an Ojibway woman also known as Grandmother Water Walker who is noted for her work to protect the Great Lakes and other waterways, to offer a prayer.

First speaking in her native language and then in English Mandamin said, “The creator gave us the duty to take care of our mother the earth the way we would take care of our own mother or grandmother.. She called women the “water carriers” and told the climate activists, “We are women are the water carriers, the life carriers. The little droplet of water is what unites us all.” She told the group, “We have come here to speak to the powers-that-be, to the corporations about the climate issues and to ask,What are you going to do about it.’ And I ask you too, ‘What are you going to do?’” Read More

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Josephine Mandamin has walked more than 17,000 kilometres to raise consciousness of Great Lakes pollution 

Q: What was the biggest challenge?

A: Our walkers were always having blisters but our feet got used to callouses after a while.

Q: Which Great Lake do you like best?

A:I think Lake Superior was the one we really respected a lot in terms of it’s majestic length and coolness of the water. It was very nice. You couldn’t swim in it because it was so cold. Lake Huron is my home water and I really have a lot of personal attachment to the water there. I’m from Manitoulin Island and Georgian Bay was pristine waters when I was there.

Q: What was your worst experience?

A: Lake Erie was a place where we were called down. On the American side, people were driving by saying ‘Crazy indians’ when we walked through Detroit, it was really scary. When we got back (over the Ambassador Bridge) to Windsor my son said ‘it’s good to be back home.’

Q: You’ve mentioned the pollution. Did anything give you reason for hope?

A:Lake Michigan is a beautiful lake and it flows into Lake Superior and there’s hope that we can still keep our waters pristine if we keep the motor boats and the gas out and get back to canoes. Where there are motorized boats, you can see the oil and gas in the water.

Grandmother attended, and did the Water Ceremony in NYC Sept., 21st 

Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk

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"Make Strong" against the plan to raise Shasta Dam!

Indigenous Hawai’ian singer-songwriter Hawane Rios shares her song “Make Strong”, in support of the Winnemem Wintu, in our opposition to the plan by Big Agriculture, 300 miles away, to raise Shasta Dam, and drown 40 of our sacred sites.

Please contact your Senators and Congressional Representative and tell them to "Oppose the Plan to Raise Shasta Dam!"

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Big Mountain AZ. Navajo- Dene

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Yma Sumac, a descendant of Atahualpa, the last Incan emperor, 1950s

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My Great-Grandmother Frances Sallie Manuel. She was a singer, storyteller, basket weaver and authority on native plants. She preserved the traditions of her Tohono O’odham elders and educated the community about them. Her story is told in the book “Desert Indian Woman”.

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i love how she just tells him off

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crystal-celeste:

When I was a student, all that was told to me was how much my cultura didn’t matter. How important European art and standards are, and how totally dominant their aesthetic should be. All I wanted to do was tell my story. And I looked nothing like what is considered relevant or beautiful or important by society’s ideals. But I JUST.KEPT.GOING. Here are some of my pieces. I’m here to uplift and change who is in the spotlight. Powerful womyn of color. My indigenous sisters.

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