Josephine Mandamin: Sacred Water Walkers

From Watershed Ways

The Water Walkers is an initiative founded sixteen years ago by Josephine Mandamin and an Indigenous group of Anishinaabe women and men. The first Annual Women’s Water Walk took place in 2003 and exposed chemical dumping, residential overreliance, and landfill waste around the Great Lakes and waterways. The Water Walkers have traced by foot the waters’ edge of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario, and Erie—tens of thousands of kilometers in total. “As women, we are carriers of the water,” Mandamin said in an interview before she passed away early this year. “We carry life for the people.”1

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September 17, 2019


Curated by

Clare Butcher