Celebrating Water Culture

From ceremony to subsistence to recreation, water is part of our tradition. Celebrating our water culture can help bring our community together and create a space where we may all reflect on the importance of our connection to water. A celebration of water also creates a positive avenue through which to educate and engage others in conversations about water. 

Three communities have partnered with the National Tribal Water Center to celebrate local water cultures through art. As part of this project called Water is Life, communities come together with an artist to discuss their cultural ties to water and come up with a vision representing this connection. In the past the project has incorporated an entire week of water events such as Water BINGO, a water themed film festival and art activities for young people. The week culminates in feast or potluck and “reveal” of a large scale mural created from the community’s vision. ​