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Water is Life Walk ~ Merrimack River

  • Source to Sea ~ Merrimack River New Hampshire (map)

WATER IS LIFE WALK ~ MERRIMACK RIVER ~July 23 through August 21 ~ is a healing walk for the Sacred Water within the Merrimack River Watershed and ALL THE LIFE that the Sacred Water sustains. Each step is a prayer. As we carry the Sacred Water 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 Sacred Water is praying for everything 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 were 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 SacredWater 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.

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 Sacred Water. It is a way of reconnecting ourselves to All That Is within the Web of Life (the Universe). 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 along 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 from the mills and communities upstream as well as organic waste from storm runoff ~ pollution builds up as we go down the river.

All Nations ~ All Faiths ~ One Prayer for the Sacred Water 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 were all born of the water ~ all our children were 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 .

PLANNING COMMETTIES
~Opening and Closing events
~Housing or Camping
~Food donations
~Organize a local speaking events along the river where you live
~Media (radio, TV and news) 
~Police notification letters
~Fundraising and donations from local businesses (food or
needed items / cash or gas cards)

~ 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
~ Men ~ come and tend the Fire or Carry it
~ Open your home or yard to feed lunch or dinner to the walkers.
~ Open your home or yard to provide sleeping space ~ a place to
set up our tents or provide a sleeping space on your floor
~ Set up a watering station along the walk route 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 tobacco, cedar, sage, Sweet-grass, and other sacred items needed for ceremonies, campsites, food, firewood, and gas for the support car and whatever else may be needed
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Contact: Carole Blodgett ~ By phone Home/Cell ~ 603-325- 3444 ~ By email NurtureTheChildren@hotmail.com (Please put Water is Life Walk in the subject line)