“Here Are Your Waters…”
HUMMINGBIRD WATER WOMAN
1000 Hummingbirds Women’s Council ~ WHO WE ARE
We are a Native/non-Native collaborative council of women, rehabilitation convened in truth by one little hummingbird.
Regional contamination of a People’s drinking water and no reasonable or effective Civic response; seemingly no recourse. Into such gross inequity, discount zips one little hummingbird.
The medicine of hummingbird is JOY. The essence of hummingbird is levity. The flight of a hummingbird seems to defy even physical laws. Hummingbird flits in, cuts through the immediacy of despair. What more powerful combination to address the Water sovereignty Question of Our Time? Indeed.
Ohlone elders thus moved; that a formal structure be activated and enacted here on Ohlone/Costanoan territory for the express purpose of applying collective wisdom to issues of environmental, social and economic equity.
The historic decision was made with acute awareness for the vulnerability of women, most particularly mothers, confronted with hazardous conditions that can only be resolved through broad collaborations and civic action.
We all share the horror of a child having nothing to drink but water that we have somehow polluted. Here is the water our children bathe in. Here is the water we drink. Here is Water, that IS our life-blood. This is where we begin, even as we know it is the web of life itself that is at stake.
1000 Hummingbird ‘All Women All Nations’ for the Waters of the Earth
“If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known.” –Matthew Arnold, British poet and philosopher (1822-1888)
“Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! That a spring was breaking Out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct, Oh water, are you coming to me, Water of a new life That I have never drunk?” Antonio Machado *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
SPEAKING OF WATER: “It is part of our common heritage. It’s a public trust. It belongs to other species and it belongs to future generations as much as it belongs to us.” Maude Barlow
HUMMINGBIRD WATER WOMAN IMAGE DECLARATION OF ORIGIN
Ohlone-inspired Hummingbird WaterWoman (& Hummingbird New Dawn Woman) © 2008, from original vision sketch by Ohlone Woman, Catherine Herrera, and rendered spirit-into-form by the 1000 Hummingbird Council, with the generous help & expertise of Jason Hendricks of Shadowline Graphics. All Rights Reserved.
May 2012 marked the 4th year of 1000 Hummingbirds International Women’s Gathering hosted in Ohlone territory – Thank you for your support!! It was soooo incredible! Pictures and comments can be found on FaceBook Group Page (request permission to join).