Native People were the first environmentalists. It is time to hear their story and learn about their efforts to safeguard the waters of the Great Lakes, rivers, and waterways across the United States and Canada. Since their first walk around Lake Superior in 2003, the Ojibway have circumnavigated on foot, the Great Lakes, rivers, and waterways—walking over 19,600 miles. The water walkers’ message is timely and illustrates the ongoing concern of Indigenous people to draw attention to the condition of water.
In the past, Native people have been shut out of the conversation regarding water equity and inclusion. They are now coming forward with strong leadership to promote environmental sustainability and social justice. It is time for the history of the Mother Earth Water Walkers’ to be told, along with excerpts from the Water Walkers Trilogy. A Hopi proverb says, “One finger cannot lift a pebble.”