From Kaare Melby, Finnskogen Farm and Natural Customers Affiliation
Have you ever ever heard of a Nibi Stroll?
Nibi means water within the Ojibwe language, and a Nibi Stroll is a kind of ceremony or meditation during which water is carried by hand in a copper vessel, alongside or across the physique of water that was used to fill the vessel. Sharon Day is the chief of the Nibi Walk Project, and is presently on a Nibi Walk circumnavigating Lake Superior.
The Nibi Walk website states:
“Water Walks are centered and applied in religion: religion within the water spirits, religion within the earth, religion in humankind and religion within the energy of affection. No sum of money is extra highly effective than these forces. Once we spend time respecting and thanking the water for maintaining us alive, it turns into unimaginable to abuse it.”
As Day and others made their manner round Lake Superior in early August, 2023, they handed close to the Natural Customers Affiliation headquarters in Finland, MN. So a couple of of us, led by OCA co-founder Rose Welch, ready a nourishing, regenerative natural meal for the water walkers. It was an exquisite manner for us to precise gratitude for the work they’re doing.
I first met Sharon Day a number of years in the past at an indigenous meals and drugs convention. She was main a seminar about water during which she led me to determine the water that’s a part of my on a regular basis life. She had me draw an image of that water, then make guarantees to that water about particular methods I’d shield it. That was probably the most impactful experiences of my life, and I proceed to uphold these guarantees to this present day. I encourage you to undergo this course of your self, and Sharon even made this video that can assist you comply with the identical course of I did.
Day and I each share the expertise of rising up with out operating water. This expertise teaches a respect for the onerous work water requires; one thing that’s hidden by fashionable operating water.
Earlier than operating water, all of our ancestors understood the sacred relationship all of us share with water. All around the world conventional individuals have thought of water to be sacred, together with within the British Isles, Greece, Scandinavia, Japan, and India. After a couple of generations of ignoring that relationship, we’re discovering that we’re lacking one thing vital.
Now that we’re restoring our relationship with water, we’re discovering that being in relationship with water and performing these water ceremonies—like taking a Nibi Stroll, or just taking a second to precise gratitude to the water that brings us life—additionally brings therapeutic to us. As a result of we’re all associated, and the extra we are able to heal our relationship to the surroundings that we’re part of, the extra that relationship heals us.
Read More about the Lake Superior Nibi Walk
Make A Promise to Protect The Body of Water Near You
Learn More About the Nibi Walks Project
Read: EVERY STEP IS A PRAYER: An Ojibwe leader honors water by leading a walk around Lake Superior.