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Long Nights Full Moon Walk with SuSu and others.

Long Nights Full Moon Walk

at Sacred Coldwater Springs

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Gather at the park entrance, 7 pm

Park on the Hwy 55 access road

The National Parks Foundation is featuring its Indigenous land holdings in photographs and captions in a recent blog. From Yosemite in California to Coldwater Springs in Minneapolis the National Park bureaucracy has appropriated sacred lands and opened them as secular public parks.

National Parks that Celebrate Native American Heritage | National Park Foundation

In a move away from white men running the National Park Service, a Umatilla Tribal member, Charles (Chuck) F. Sams III, has been confirmed as the new NPS director.

Friends of Coldwater is grateful that the spring still flows although down from 130,000 gallons per day in 1999 to about 70,000 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 10,000-year-old landscape ancestor. We return and return to remember theĀ spirits that feed this Dakota sacred site.

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

Sunset 4:33 pmĀ (8 minutes earlier than last full moon)

Moonrise 4:05 pm (50 minutes earlier than last month)

Moment of the full moon: 10:37 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 54thĀ 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 cul-de-sac, which is the Coldwater Park entrance.

Free. All welcome.