Step by Step Along the Mississippi River

“What they greatly thought, they nobly dared.” – Homer, the Odyssey

prayertstepsRight now a small band of women from the Ojibwe native nation is walking in prayer from the source of the Mississippi river at Lake Itasca in the North, to the point where the great river spills into the sea at the Gulf of Mexico.

They sang the Water Song as they began on March 1, and they are by now well into Iowa and walking on.

If you would like to follow the Mississippi River Walkers, you can friend them on their Facebook page, a page which is growing as the walkers make their way to the south, stopping at key points along the way to offer ceremonial blessings.

As I read about the powerful spiritual deed of these sisters, I was reminded of the 8-month long epic walk from sea to sea in 1996-96 guided by the late Algonquin teacher, Grandfather William Commanda – the Sunbow Walk many know as the Odyssey of the 8th Fire.