On Earth Day, April 22, a group of indigenous women and their allies will begin a walk in Pittsburgh, PA, at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, the birthplace of the Ohio River, the most polluted river in our nation. They women will carry a ceremonial copper vessel, filled with water from that point, all along the entire 981-mile length of the Ohio to Cairo, IL, where the Ohio empties into the Mississippi.
Their walk is called the Ohio River Walk 2014 (or the Nibi Walk), and every step is a prayer for the water. Nibi means water in the Anishinaabe language. The women tell us, “In our teachings it was promised that the water will always flow down to us as long as we remember to sing and make the offerings to the water. We believe these songs and offerings are crucial now, when the health of our freshwater is at great risk, and we invite people from all walks of life to join us in our sacred mission.”
West Virginia Rivers Coalition is please to provide support for the Nibi Walk along the West Virginia leg of the journey. You too can provide support to the women by offering lodging and evening meals.
You can also support the Nibi Walk by liking the event of Facebook, making a donation or joining the women for a portion of the walk.
If you are interested in participating email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the WVRC office at 304-637-7201.
Below are the dates and locations where the walkers will need housing and meals. You can follow the walk on Facebook. If you can’t help, but know someone who can, please forward this information to them.
April 26: Hannibal / New Martinsville (seeking help from folks in Wetzel and Tyler counties, possibly Doddridge)
April 27: Newport, OH / St. Mary’s WV (Pleasants County, possibly Doddridge)
April 28, 29, 30: Parkersburg (Wood County)
May 1: Addison, Oh / Point Pleasant, WV (Mason and Jackson counties)
May 2, 3, 4: Huntington (Cabell County and Lawrence County in Ohio)
May 5-9 between Huntington, WV and Cincinnati, OH.
May 10, 11, and 12: Louisville, KY area