Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming (GGG)

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Saying yes to GGG and to the water was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have grown so much- the words ring flat for the depth of the meaning. I have experienced everything from wonder at circle experience, beauty in the way women express themselves in relationship with one another and the Water and the joy that being in ceremony together creates. The depth of our shared experience and how we have played with Spirit has been profound.

So what is this all about? According to many Indigenous cultures, women are the keepers of the water. Water is our most precious resource. It is our responsibility, as women, to appreciate the water and to ensure the health of the water for the next seven generations in to the future. There is an Indigenous saying that states, “When the Grandmother’s Speak, the Earth will heal” and another that states, "We are the ones we've been waiting for..." This is what brought the first group of women together in 2010 to plan the Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming (Lake Superior).

The Grandmothers gather at Mooningwanekaaning-minis (Ojibwe language for Flicker Island or Madeline Island, WI in English). Located opposite Bayfield, WI, she is one of the 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior unique in her historic, spiritual and political importance to the people from this area. They gather to appreciate Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area, holding 10% of the world’s freshwater. They place their positive relationship with the water as the reason for coming together and the focus of attention. The deepening of their relationship with water is inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water research and by the Grandmother's basis of understanding. 

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The Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming (Lake Superior) received an environmental stewardship award from the Sigurd Olson Institute and the Binational Forum in August of 2013! 

Lorraine Norrgard and I accepted the award on behalf of the gathering at Big Top Chautauqua. It was a lovely ceremony! Thank you Binational Forum and Sigurd Olson Institute! Thank you Grandmothers, Lake Superior and water stewards everywhere!

Click here to learn more about the Grandmothers Gathering.

photos by Nathan Huerkamp