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Indigenous Peoples Day Full Moon Walk / Coldwater Springs, Sunday

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Full Moon Walk at Coldwater Springs – Sunday, October 9, 2022

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Full Moon Walk at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Gather at the park entrance, 7 pm

Park on the Hwy 55 access road

On the eve of Indigenous Peoples’ Day we’ll walk the path to the ancient outflow of Mni Owe Sni (water-spring-cold) and listen to the music of the water trickling out of limestone bedrock. Night sounds will come up with the setting sun. Coldwater is profoundly peaceful.

Coldwater offers the kind of peace we would wish around the world—clean water which all life forms on Earth require, birds chirping, a breeze rattling the vegetation, circles marking deer beds. For 22-years we’ve been coming to Coldwater on the evenings of every full moon and upon leaving we find ourselves somehow lighter, like exhaling a full breath.

Friends of Coldwater are grateful that the spring still flows although down from 144,000 gallons per day before the Highway 55 reroute in the 1990s to about 66,000 gpd. Water is what climate change is all about: floods, droughts, warming oceans and devastating storms.

Coldwater is an acknowledged Dakota sacred site. Friends of Coldwater seek to honor our 11,000-year-old landscape ancestor. We return and return to remember the spirits that feed this Dakota sacred site.

Full moon walks have been celebrated at Coldwater Springs each month since 2000. Traditional group howl when the moon peeks out.

Sunset 6:38 pm (55-minutes earlier than last full moon)

Moonrise 6:49 pm (1-hour, 17-minutes earlier than last month)

Moment of the full moon: 3:54 pm

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 the frontage road where you can park at the pay meters.

Gather at the cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.

Free. All welcome.

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