Planning For
An InterTribal Water Gathering:
Gather with Native Peoples, Honor the Blessing of Water,
Restore the Sacred Flow

It began with Sr. Larraine Lauter and WWB Board Member Anne Sahingoz talking about fry-bread.

“She asked if I could make Navajo fry-bread,” Anne said. “I’m Chiricahua Apache, and we have our own recipe – we all have our own versions. And we all say ours is the best.

“That got us talking about other commonalities. We all like inter-tribals and powwows, getting together to share conversation, ideas, and food. And for all indigenous communities, water is a sacred source and needs to be protected. It can be contaminated very easily, and in some tribal areas it’s not always an available resource. So we were discussing how water is truly a Blessing, not only for tribals, but for all who lack clean water.”

The conversation led to planning an InterTribal Water Gather, to be held this coming Fall, from October 6-9 at Veterans Memorial Park in Jeffersontown, Kentucky (a suburb of Louisville).

It will begin with an Indigenous Arts Collaborative on October 6, with exhibits of arts and crafts. The first day will end with a screening of the movie Windtalkers, and a special guest appearance by Roger Willie, a Navajo who starred in the film. It tells the story of Navajo Marines who created a code based on their language.

“He will talk about the importance of the Navajo code-talkers during World War II,” Anne said. “He’ll also speak about bringing clean water to people in need, as well as his own work in the Navajo Nation.”

October 7 will be a Children’s Day, and the InterTribal itself will take place on October 8 and 9. In addition to a water exhibit, there will be storytelling, flute playing, and much more. Individuals from many other tribes are already planning to attend.

“We’re beginning early enough in the season that we hope to have the interest of many others,” Anne said. “It really is an opportunity for indigenous people to come together, to be in a sacred setting together.

“And inter-tribal means anyone from any tribe – not only indigenous tribes. Everyone is part of a tribe. Everyone can come, everyone can participate. It’s a chance to learn about water, Water With Blessings, and the importance of water in our indigenous cultures.

“We’re looking forward to the event coming to fruition, uniting people in one cause – clean water.”
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Help Make More Clean Water Flow in 2022
Thank you for supporting Water With Blessings with your volunteer efforts, advocacy and philanthropy for another record year of giving. We begin the New Year with hope as we focus on improving the health and well-being of God’s Thirsty Children with clean water. Recently, more of our supporters are enjoying tax benefits by supporting our global mission with distributions from their IRA accounts or by naming Water With Blessings as the beneficiary and you can, too. 
 
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