Women's International Day of Spiritual Enlightenment for the Water!
Joseph Davis is a Traditional Elder of Cherokee and Choctaw Ancestry. He follows the old Traditional ways of his ancestors. As a Traditional Ceremonial Leader, he has been a Sundance Chief, as Head Fireman and Head Cedar Man, for twelve years as well as a Sundancer.
He has the Honor to be a Sacred Pipe carrier and is the Keeper of the Sacred Stone Peoples Lodge (Sweat Lodge). Also, a Second-Degree member of the Midewin Medicine Society. He will share Traditonal teachings on the Medicine Wheel, it’s Seven Sacred directions, and how this ancient symbol of life and its many aspects apply to the sacredness of Water.
Erin Kirby is a priest in the Episcopal Church in Minocqua, WI., grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina and always felt so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. Cool temperatures in the summer, moderate snow (enough for skiing!) in the winter and lots of wild spaces along the Appalachian Trail to wander in the beauty of creation. Over my lifetime I watched as, overdevelopment muddied the waters I loved, people who cared only for themselves cut down the mountain tops and filled in the valleys have a “cabin” (real monstrous homes and gated communities) in the mountains. Trash began to fill the streams and wild places making them a wasted shadow of their former beauty. My father taught us to respect the waters, meadows, and woods, teaching us that sullying them would destroy more than beauty alone. Even when I was little, before people talked about climate change, he worried about it. I’ve watched so much of what he predicted come true and vowed when I was only a teen to educate and protect however I could. My faith also calls me to respect all the Creator has entrusted to us. Only by working together can we find ways to heal what remains.
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WHO: OPEN TO WOMEN & MEN ALL OVER THE WORLD. Just for women and men, as to live and work in balance we both must learn and participate.
WHY: Native American Grandmothers and Aunties will be opening their hearts, thoughts and spirits to your needs and offering you methods that can help you gain strength and wisdom for the struggles of life. We need, as women to come together for the sake of Mother Earth. We need each other for strength and fortitude to combat the lack of support for clean water. We are “THE LIFE GIVERS” our responsibilities go deep and we are looked upon to maintain life in all forms. We provide life for the future and we make sure life continues, just as Mother Earth does.
NIBI(WATER) IS LIFE! The Mother Earth Waterwalkers have brought us a great and important meassage. They walked miles and miles to deliver this message to us. We can add to it by making a unified statement to the world that we are going to make this better by strengthening the clean water laws, for the future of mankind. Our children! Our Grandchildren! Great Grandchildren! and beyond! THEY, the LIFE OF THE FUTURE, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT CLEAN WATER.
WHAT DO WE DO: We do all that we can! Women and Water Coming Together is brought forth by Abiinooji Aki, a non-profit organization located on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Abiinooji Aki, Inc. has a long history of providing cultural teachings to the communities and groups we work with.