Mother Earth Water Walk 2008


“Water is precious and sacred...it is one of the basic elements needed for all life to exist.”

History was made on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 on the Hannahville Indian reservation when Josephine Mandamin (Ojibwe) completed a walk around Michigan’s Great Lakes. Below are photos of the final steps of this amazing journey.

Several Anishinaabe’kwe (Ojibwe women) from different clans came together to raise awareness that our clean and clear water is being polluted by chemicals, vehicle emissions, motor boats, sewage disposal, agricultural pollution, leaking landfill sites, and residential usage is taking a toll on our water quality.

The purpose of the walk as stated on their website:

“We are doing this walk on our own beliefs within our own aboriginal culture and values of the importance of our waters is very precious and sacred to our being, as it is one of the basic elements needed for all life to exist.

In doing so, we know that such an endeavors requires a certain amount of funds to help carry the walk over for a two month period, but this alone will not prevent us from carry out what our grandfathers have predicted. Our waters will be scarce and will be deficient in the essential means for our survival….our water.

Water Walk

Water Walk

Water Walk

Water Walk

Water Walk

Water Walk

For more information on the Mother Earth Water Walk visit: http://motherearthwaterwalk.com/.