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WATER: Ancestor of LifeFull Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater SpringsSunday, February 9, 2020Gather at the park entrance, 7pmPark at pay meters on the access road via credit card/quarters There is no life on earth without water—plant or animal including human. We don’t quite know the chemical spark of life, but we do know where water comes from. Most, if not all water on the planet came from countless small comets thumping against the atmosphere (which continues at about ten thousand comets or pieces of comets per day, enough to add a twenty-five-foot depth of water across the entire globe every half a million years). That it comes from space suggests why it is so peculiar and fascinating here on earth. It is a substance from far beyond our reach. (From Craig Childs THE SECRET KNOWLEDGE OF WATER, p.89) Water, a gas, liquid and solid, is unlike anything else on earth, plus water has positive and negative electrical properties. Coldwater Springs is also unique as the last natural spring in Hennepin County issuing directly out of limestone bedrock, the Birthplace of Minnesota where red, white and black people gathered to form a new society, and now an acknowledged Dakota sacred site. Friends of Coldwater seek to honor this 10,000-year-old ancestor of life. Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater monthly since 2000. We return to Coldwater each full moon to remember and to honor the spirits that feed the Spring. Please bring a rattle. Sunset 5:32 pm (41 minutes later than the previous full moon)Moonrise 6:08 pm (1 hour, 17 minutes later than last month’s full moon)Exact minute of full moon 1:33 am
DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Springs is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha, turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right, & drive all the way down on the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters. Gather at the park entrance. All welcome. Dress for the weather, especially sturdy footwear. We celebrate the full moon in all-weather however the length of the walk depends on conditions. If it’s really cold or wet it’s a quick 10-minutes to the spring outflow gurgling from under the limestone bedrock Spring House built in the 1880s to supply potable water to Fort Snelling.This gathering is free and open to the public.
Dan Keiser, The Oak Man by Brigitta Greene
The Mendota Dakota tribal community honored arborist Dan Keiser [pictured] at their annual pow wow in September of 2019. Keiser goes by “Oak Man,” a nickname he acquired during the years-long standoff over the construction of Highway 55 in the late 90s. The protest pitted environmental activists and native communities against MnDOT. A central symbol of the fight were four bur oak trees, well over 100 years old, that native communities believed to be sacred, and highway officials said needed to be cleared. The highway ultimately won out, and – 20 years ago this December – the trees came down. But behind the scenes, Keiser took cuttings from the oaks and brought them to an expert who was able to graft them onto new saplings. Keiser then transplanted the grafted trees on the historic grounds of St. Peter’s church in Mendota, and still cares for them today.
Message from Dan:
If you have about 10 minutes, check out this piece that KFAI radio aired
just last night! The whole show is an hour long, skip over most of it
(like 50 minutes), but tune into the interview from point 12:00 to 21:40.
Membership Meeting June 24 at 6:30 – 8:30. At the DuPuis House in Mendota. Potluck.
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