Native women and youth on 400-mile Potomac River Water Walk

Native youth are taking part in the Potomac River Water Walk. Photo by Camille J. Gage

Native women and youth are on the final leg of the 400-mile Potomac River Water Walk.

The walk began on October 7 with the collection of water at the source of the Potomac River in West Virginia, The Washington Post reported. Participants passed through Virginia and reached the White House and the U.S. Capitol on Saturday as they neared the completion of their 400-mile journey.

“All the while, we’re speaking to that water. We’re telling the water how much we care about her,” Sharon Day, who serves as the executive director of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and has led a series of Nibi Walks, told The Post. According to Ojibwe tradition, only women are allowed to carry the water on the walks.

Participants are currently in Maryland and are expected to reach their final destination -- the Chesapeake Bay -- on Wednesday. There they will pour the water collected in West Virginia into the bay, which has been hit hard by pollution.

Read More on the Story:
‘Do it for the water': Native Americans carry Potomac water on prayerful, 400-mile journey (The Washington Post 10/16)

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