OHSWEKEN – For National Water Day on Wednesday, March 22, advocates for the preservation of water and aquifers alike gathered within the board room of the G.R.E.A.T Building at the request of Dr. Dawn Hill and her children Makasa and Cody Looking Horse to hear ideas and traditional teachings.
Onondaga author Dr. Theresa McCarthy discussed ‘A Brief Historical Overview of The Haudenosaunee Experience of Water-based Colonial Injustice’, Dr. Patricia Chow Fraser presented a plan for future water security, Dr. Nancy Doubleday offered information on how to preserve rights to water, and McPherson Scholar and Akwesasne clanmother Louise McDonald presented Haudenosaunee water teachings.
Each presenter carried eye-opening knowledge in their respective fields, but it was McDonald’s information and powerful voice that offered a high impact—especially for those that do not understand how intertwined water is with the Haudenosaunee and other indigenous cultures.
“We can recognize how unique this planet is and recognize that the essential building blocks for life are in our water. So, I don’t understand how other people can’t see that,” said McDonald.
She explained the descent of Sky Woman in the Haudenosaunee Creation Story draws the connection to the fact that she came to an earth covered in water.
“The teachings around water is vested in the woman,” she said. “’Cause life doesn’t happen unless we carry it.”
She explained that the proposed idea for the youth to monitor…
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