The energy and engagement of last year’s Earth Day theme on water was so well received that it was determined to take it another step. There is really no place on our globe that can ignore this significant issue. Please join us as we dive into the deeper waters of our relationship to water. All life on our small planet is based on water.
A Gathering of Waters
Friday evening, April 4 – Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014
All life on our small planet is based on water. Modern Americans have long been able to simply take water for granted, but the era of complacency may be ending. Now, in the midst of dry times, the water conversation is becoming louder, more persistent and cacophonous.
The Water Symposium will bring practical and ethical perspectives to the water conversation. The weekend will also involve important ritual and ceremony to engage our mind, body, and spirit with this issue.
*Other Guest/Panel Speakers include:
DR. DAVID GROENFELDT – anthropologist and activist who currently serves as Director of the Water-Culture Institute in Santa Fe, NM and through his career has worked on water and natural resource policies in developing countries.
Talk – Ethical Dimensions of Water Decision-Making
BASIA IRLAND - globally respected author, poet, sculptor, and activist who creates international water projects examining how communities of people, plants, and animals rely on this vital element.
Ritualist and Panel Participant
DR. SUE JACKSON – principle research fellow with the Australian Rivers Institute
Talk – Indigenous Water Values in Australia
DR. JOSE’ RIVERA – research scholar at the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico – author or Acequia Culture: Water, Land, and Community in the Southwest.
Talk – Historical Water Sharing Practices in New Mexico
MAX YEH – primary researcher for the Percha-Animas Watershed Association. He lives in Southern New Mexico and is a water user and water rights activist within the Lower Rio Grande Basin.
Talk – Limitations of Modern Legal Systems in the Allocation of Water
This year will also include a “Youth Track” so families can learn and open up together towards new awareness and new attitudes with our relationship to water. Youth will participate in numerous fun and experiential activities throughout the weekend.
ELENA ARELLANO – farmer, environmentalist and librarian at P’oe Tsawa Community Library at Ohkay-Owinge Pueblo - Youth Track Elder/Coordinator
SUNDAY BONUS for Full Weekend Participants ($50 value)
The Wisdom of the Waterwheel – An Afternoon with ELDER FLORDEMAYO
Ghost Ranch is honored to welcome one of the members of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers who is doing significant work on the issue of water on our globe. Ghost Ranch is honored to welcome one of the members of the Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers who is doing significant work on the issue of water on our globe. Please view the video below for more information:
2:00-5:00pm – Lecture, Conversation, Reception, and Closing Ceremony