Nibi Walks

Nibi Walks

Red Lake River, Cannon River, and Pokegama Lake

The Minnesota Humanities Center is partnering with the Nibi Walk program of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force and Sharon Day to host three water walks in “We Are Water MN” host site locations.

Build your relationship with water in Minnesota through Nibi Walks. Participants walk the route of the river or lake and learn from this Anishinaabe spiritual and cultural practice. Each Nibi Walk has two parts: an orientation a few weeks before the walk itself and the active walks.

During the orientation, participants will learn about the significance of the body of water to indigenous people, the ecological impacts of and to the water body, and more about the Nibi Walk protocols. The orientations are an opportunity to meet others who will be on the walks and learn from people who are cultural, environmental, and/or historical experts.

Nibi Walk days are focused on spending time with the water and with the other walkers. During the walk, participants will be walking the route, praying and singing for the water, and observing the conditions of the water and land around it. Social times like lunch are for connecting with each other. There will be one reflection activity that is part of each walk where participants can make meaning together about their experience and learn from others’ water narratives.

2019 Nibi Walk Sites

Red Lake River Nibi Walk
Orientation: May 2, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Nibi Walk: July 27-July 30, 2019

Cannon River Nibi Walk
Orientation: June 30, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Nibi Walk: July 12-July 14, 2019

Pokegama Lake Nibi Walk
Orientation: Aug. 9, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Nibi Walk: Sept 13-Sept 14, 2019

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Jennifer Tonko

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