August New Moon Water Ceremony in Northwest Wisconsin

double rainbow over Minong
Double rainbow over Minong - Storm image. After every storm there is a rainbow even if we can't see it.

August 29 – Northwest Wisconsin Water Sisters held a Water Ceremony in Minong, WI. This is a monthly gathering where we join our spirits with other Water Sisters around the world and pray for sacredness, honor, purity and abundance of water for all living species and for future generations. We sing the Nibi Wabo water chant, speak water reflections, water prayers and dance with drum, birch bark clapping sticks and gourd rattles around a sacred circle. In warm season we hold ceremony in a sand dunes and go barefoot as we dance. Beautiful soft sand molding our steps and touching us back with gladness.

Afterwards we have a community meal of organic and local foods prepared individually by Water Sisters. This time is an opportunity to share ourselves, our joys and concerns. Everyone leaves feeling stronger than when they arrived.  It is as if a healing blanket is embracing us.

If you would like to join us by intention or directly let us know. When we give our Intentions to the water in Ceremony ,we will call your names off if you are joining us from afar. This month we remembered Worth Cooley-Prost, Alexandria, VA; Ginger Wilcox, Springbrook, WI and Water Sisters everywhere.  We remembered Akasa WolfSong, Ann Dunn, Jackie’s Remlinger’s mother and all mothers around the world.

Next New Moon Water Ceremony is September 27 at 6 p.m.

Source: Mary Ellen Ryall, Council Guide, Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites.


New Moon Water Ceremony in Northwest Wisconsin

Saturday, July 30- There were thunderstorms surrounding the valley in late afternoon. Water sisters arrived at the Hospitality House in Minong. We began by dressing up in skirts. Sandy Stein mentioned that when women wear a shawl and skirt it represents mountains and being close to Mother Earth. A skirt worn in ceremony is respectful and helps women remember that we are feminine energy and connected to Mother Earth. We put our sacred items together to carry them out to the sand dunes. I had on my glass water pendent that Worth Cooley-Prost had made for me. Sandy wore her medicine bag. It is good for women to have their very own medicine bag. We have several small beaded butterfly medicine bags made by an elder Marilyn Vig, Rice Lake, WI. I will exhibit and offer them for sale in September at our online store at

Rainbow after storm
Rainbow after storm

While still at the house we witnessed a rainbow. This was a beautiful sign.

Then it started to lightly rain again as we walked to the sand dunes. Sandy Stein said, “Rain is good.” I responded, “After all we are praying for the water.” We felt blessed as we entered Sacred Space and the rain began to lighten up and then stop.

Sandy, Deborah and Godavari met the sweet fern for the first time that is now growing over the dune and into the site. I love this fern, years ago I put my intentions on the fern and wished that the fern would climb the dunes from the other side. Each of them smelled the plant and were joyous when they smelled the sweet fragrance having never smelled anything like it before.  I reminded water sisters that we needed to be silent as we entered Sacred Space.

Sweet fern.
Sweet fern.

We put our individual sacred items on the blanket alter in the sand. Before we began the Nibi Wabo (Water Song) each of us added our pure water to the water bowl to marry the waters. We tried to smudge but couldn’t get a match to light the sacred sage; it was too damp. We each took a pinch of tobacco in our left hand. In turn each spoke their intentions of remembrance before beginning ceremony and added a pinch of tobacco to the basswood Two Headed Bear Dream Bowl handmade by Frank Galli. The bowl was made especially for Water Ceremony offerings.  Then I gave a short talk on the observations of water to the sisters.

Message: Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer is one of the Ambassadors of the White Buffalo Family in Oregon. She is with them now and doing ceremony as we stand in circle. Worth Cooley-Prost is traveling from Arlington, VA to the Carolinas. Worth is standing with us in ceremony at the same hour where ever she is. I remembered Shelley Ruth Wyndham, Cape Town, South Africa, who asked that she be remembered each time we stand in Water Ceremony. She is with us in ceremony.   Mother Earth is going through a Great Cleansing and weather is and will become more violent.  We are to stand firmly grounded to the earth and hold any fear in our feet which is solidly planted in communication  with Mother Earth. We are not to let fear rise up through our bodies. We are not to be afraid when great and turbulent changes occur around us. We are to know that Mother Earth is protecting us. We are the Water Walkers, water sisters and water teachers.As women we are called to protect water. We are not alone. We are here to grow in healing energy work as we band together all over the world. Each of us in our own environment is here to teach others not to be afraid and to help people cross over the rainbow road after a storm. We are here at this moment to personally adapt to Climate Change and its consequences. We need to learn what our agricultural plant growing zone is and may be in the predicted future. We need to plant appropriately while we look towards the future. Current plant zoning is changing. In Northwest Wisconsin instead of planting the same species of downed trees ( Birch, Red Pine and Jack Pine) of the last storm in Minong on July 1, we need to look at a zone or two further south and plant accordingly. We need to personally adapt and teach others to adapt. There is no sense in old programming of being alarmed when our immediate world is changing and negatively lamenting the changes. If we survive I believe this is sufficient enough to be grateful. The solution: Think positive because we are still here doing our work. Adapt! This is the message.

Then we sang to the four direction, using our birch bark clapping sticks.  The clouds were getting black and thunder clouds came closer. After concluding the Water Song we ended ceremony sooner, packed up our ceremonial objects and headed back to the Hospitality House. Before we left the sand dunes, Sandy put down the sacred items she brought to the ceremony. These were a shell and rock. I left a tear drop shell in a special place also which was significant because we were blessed by rain during ceremony.

Parched sand dunes from drought.
Parched sand dunes from drought.

One of the observations I have noticed since I started working on water issues and Water Ceremony, with the Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites, is that I am forever thirsty. Northwest Wisconsin experienced a seven-year drought .  I am conscious of having a dry mouth and wanting to drink water.

NOTE: Parts of this state’s North Woods and the adjacent Upper Peninsula of Michigan are the only areas in the continental USA experiencing “extreme” drought. It’s the region’s most severe drought since the 1930s and its longest dry period since the 1950s, says Roy Eckberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Green Bay, Wis. Learn more at

Artesian well with spout and cup
Artesian well with spout and cup

I am grateful for all the rain in 2011 even though we have had to deal with strange, unpredictable and more frequent violent storms. Even the clouds have changed to forms I have never seen before. Now I keep a weather radio on.

I am secure in knowing  that there is pure water at the artesian well in the woods where sweet water flows to the surface from deep within Mother Earth. What a happy woodlands it is that surrounds the artesian well. Even though the trip is long and I need to drive 60 miles round trip from Minong to Shell Lake and back, I am happiest when I am drinking this precious pure water.

After the Water Ceremony Godavari wrote, “Thanks so much, so very much, for having us at your place, especially right after the trauma of the storms, when it must have been hard for you to get ready.  I like that it rained on our ceremony.  In Siddha Yoga rain is auspicious (highly beneficial, a good omen) because it is a blessing upon the  earth and its people.  As you said, it is life itself.  After our ceremony, I began drinking water with much gratitude, knowing we are blessed to have clean water on this part of the earth.  And inside, I feel a purification beginning, which the water ceremony seemed to launch.  Purifying me of anger and resentment, making space for greater love.  So in a personal way too, I am grateful to you for leading us in honoring water, in honoring Mother Earth.

Note: Godavari  means goddess of a holy river, and there is a River Godavari, as they call it there, near the Siddha Yoga ashram in India.

Worth Cooley-Prost says, “My part of Water Ceremony was brief and on the move, but held my Heart and I hope added something Good to the whole. My old (85 now!) friend Dot, who co-founded the Light Group in Kinston NC in the early 1970s, brought me a little container of water from there. (It used to be artesian well water, now it’s a mix of that and water from the Neuse River… anyway, Water from close-to-me Ancestors’ home since 1841 or so.) And our car smelled so wonderful with sage lit!

Tonya Whitedeer Cargill is a Clan Mother of the Bear Clan of Medicine Creek Metis in Laytonville, CA.  She holds women’s circles and Grandmother Net of Light Ceremonies.  She is one of the Ambassadors’ for the Sacred White Buffalo Family in Northern Oregon.  She is currently working on a novel that is coming to her through Spirit.  Tonya works with endangered species Medicines of the Green Nation and maintains a Medicine Walk open to the public to educate all those that come to her land named through Spirit as Medicine Creek. Visit the Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites at

Mary Ellen Ryall is a Council Guide of the Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites and Executive Director of Happy Tonics, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization and public charity. Ryall is the author of My Name is Butterfly published in 2011 by Salt of the Earth Press. The book will be available on Amazon shortly.

The fully illustrated children’s book gives testimony of why native plants are important for pollinators. The charming book teaches about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and its only host plant milkweed. Over the last eight years Ryall has planted milkweed at the sand dunes. Monarch butterflies flitted about the day of the Water Ceremony. This is another good sign that the monarch butterfly abounds in Minong in and near the sand dunes.



Excerpts – July Newsletter 2010
by Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer 

 A Message from the Grandmothers:

butterfly logo newsletter
butterfly logo newsletter

In these times of great chaos we need to use our lives as a walking prayer…..singing and dancing our prayers….give thanks to the blessings that we have and bring peace into our hearts through bringing balance within…..we need to stop looking outside of ourselves for leadership ….for each of our paths are unique… The Creator gave us all a great purpose… it is up to us to find that purpose…. it is within….

The Grandmothers have came forward….they are marching now into the hearts of those that are aware of the need to bring balance onto Our Earth….for our Mother now needs help for the ones that are running out of control….for control….As we strengthen the powers within, the Yin energy…we will meet the strength of the Yang with has put a tilt into the world. AHO!

 Within Our Sisterhood:

As a Sisterhood we wish to offer support in all facets of loving compassion. We are wishing to reach out to stand by our sister Sharon McErlane as she is taking care of her very ailing mother. We are with you Sharon, Love and Light, The Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites.

Let us give our condolences to our Dear Sister Mary Ellen, Butterfly Woman. Her husband past gently away last week and smiles down upon his most beloved. Let us comfort her in her time of need and show her that we love and care for her through prayers of compassion.

By now I guess everyone has heard that Tonya Whitedeer was on Circle Connections Blog Radio. Here is the link to the audio tape if you have missed the original timed program.

 Words from Whitefawn Star

 As we collectively join our minds together as ONE for the Highest Good of the Whole; we choose, envision and live in a New Earth where Peace, harmony and love prevail…….as we continue to meditate and hold the Vision in all thoughts and all things, our universe automatically aligns with the Highest and Greatest Good for all, manifesting Heaven on Earth…” Whitefawn Star

 Sunday, July 11 at Sunset Open your Hearts

 Remember to stand outside with palms and hands up to the heavens to receive the Star Nation People on July 11,th 2010 at Sunset…..welcome them with open hearts for they are coming to help our Earth Mother.

Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer’s prayer shared here for everyone.


Great and Eternal Mystery of Life, Creator of All Things,
We give thanks for the beauty. You put in every single one of Your Creations
We are grateful that You made every stone, plant, creature
and human being a perfect and whole part of the circle of life.

We are thankful that You have allowed us to see the strength and beauty in everything.
Our humble request is that all of the Children of the Earth
Learn to see the same perfection in themselves.
May all of Your children know that Creation is an extension of Your Perfect Love.

Many Blessings to all of the Sisterhood of the Planetary Water Rites….

Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer, Susan Amari Gold, and Steven Andersen


Greetings Water Sisters and Brothers,

Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer compiled NEWS from the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers that we want to share with you.  There also are messages from our Water Brothers.  The following is excerpted.


                            NEWSLETTER June 2010

Greetings Dearest Water Sisters and Brothers:                                                                        

I open this newsletter with a quote from Tony Morrison (one of my most favorite writers)

“She is a friend of mine…The pieces that I am, she gathers them and gives them back to me

In all the right order!”

This statement is what many are telling me in their own words. I sit everyday with happy, loving tears flowing, from my eyes by way of my heart when I read the messages from my Sisters. Do you know how wonderful each and every on of you are? Do you know that you are all so very blessed with the gifts that create miracles? We are the pieces falling from the Great Medicine Bowl….we are the keepers of the eternal flame…giving balance through our Truths and Trusts. AHO…Grandmother Whitedeer

 Message from Archangel Michael:

You all know what to do: become conscious and grateful for the water resources that are so readily available and affirm that you will take steps to conserve in every possible way. Use your power resources sparingly and make a concerted effort to use 15%, 20% or even 25% less than in the past. Return to the simple pleasures of nature and develop unique ways to use or spend your “cosmic resources.” Know that each and every spark of loving life force energy you use in a positive way or radiate forth from within will be duly noted and recorded, and then returned to you at least one thousand-fold.

 Message from The Grandmothers:

The Grandmothers have no secrets; they forever wait your beckoning. Grandmothers know that two-leggeds get distracted by their own flashing of needs, physical and mental mostly.

They speak to us of the inner silence – to know this silence as part of our time with them.

They teach us to pay attention to the Light, Love and the Path of Peace.

When we go within this Earth, to lay our bodies down upon her, to even bury our toes and nose within the substance of her, to smell her, there and then you KNOW you are part of everything.

When we turn to face the Sky Father we go through the Fire Spirit, finding the bosom of our Mother Divine and the Grandmothers that guard the Great Medicine Bowl.

The Grandmothers Bow to the Beauty of Spirit Within You…AHO

        Begin planning your Summer Solstice Ceremonies Early…..these are powerful times to be gathering our Circles to Honor the Seasons and our                                                                                  Mother Earth

Another Brother that Supports our Sisterhood is Benny (Blue Thunder) Labeau….after we spoke he forwarded his prophecies to share with us….these are truly gifts through Spirit. 

Teton Rainbows – Prophecies Foretold the Time Ahead We Are in Now (2012)

By Bennie”BlueThunder”LeBeau & Many Messengers for Peace. As we all approach the year 2012 the Native American Prophecies point towards a Galactic Alignment within the Planets, Sun, Moon, Stars and Milky Way. So much that needs to be considered and understood what is held in the hands of the Red Nations of the America’s.  Earth Wisdom Foundation is helping to sponsor three very important groups visiting the Wind River Indian Reservation, here in Wyoming.

                                The Mayan Priest Miguel Angel will speak about the steps his community is taking to prepare for the momentous period ahead. He has been sent to us, for us to consider doing something similar on the Wind River Indian Reservation and other homelands across the world. He has been sent by his Elders to bring forth  this message to his fellow brothers and sisters of the Eagle Nations of North America.  The Mayan’s message from the Condor to the Eagle Nations is about the prophecies in the time we are about to enter into now:  Before the end of 2012 and onwards into the future for the Next 5,000 years ahead.

Almost all of humanity is stuck inside a paradigm, a view of life-fostered by organizations and corporations who wish to control humanity for their own purposes.  Due to this attitude Mother Nature’s Soils, Winds, Waters, and the Fires have been imprinted with Post Traumatic Stresses for 25, 000 years.  Within the historical facts lies the negativity that is promoting the Earth Changes of the environment within earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, droughts, tsunamis and hurricanes.

During the December solstice of 2012 the world mentions the prophecies of all cultures that a great change upon Mother Earth will take place.  As Native American’s this is understood that this is due to not following natures laws, know as the original instructions of the Universal Laws of Peace. Most of humanity thinks we are born, we live and we die and wonder about the purpose we are here upon Mother Earth. Along the way we have connected in some form with a religion or belief system of some sort: but in truth these belief systems sense they’re being something more, something greater.  In reality in that truth in those belief systems it does not express the truth of who and what we are and where we are headed.   The wisdom and knowledge of the Eagle and the Condor Nations of North and South America has the information societies long for: Now in this time period where the truth would become heard once again. 

Many knowing the time is short that we are in and that wisdom can be shared now in where we are heading; Information about how to enter into this special time as we move towards 2012 ahead. Now at this particular time it is prophesized that the Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy would bring great wisdom where we are all headed towards as all the Indigenous Nations of the world would awaken and remember each other:  The Black, White, Yellow and Red Nations alike as one.   

Humanity in this moment is like a runaway train that’s about to run into a brick wall head on and that wall is approaching us fast as we move in the rest of 2010, 2011 towards the Winter Solstice in December 2012. Most of Humanity in this moment, almost without exception, has no clue about what awaits us all; and indeed many who think they have some spiritual interest or understanding make fun of the belief of what awaits us all.

Let us be assured we all know there is great change upon our doorstep due to the environments’ shifting due to the disasters’ that are taking place everyday. As the Hopi and Mayan Prophecies state that unless we prepare, many will not survive that experience we have been moving towards for some years now. 

These words are not to cause humanity to believe in fear or to develop fear about this message that the world is coming to an end.  This is not the purpose; the world is not coming to an end and the purpose is to bring about awareness in the consciousness that there are some things for us all to consider for peace, for hope.  That a new world is preparing to develop upon the surface of Mother Earth:  Everyday now as we move through the last months and days ahead as we move into 2010, 2011 and into 2012 that there are messages for us to consider in what is coming.

There is no desire to create fear upon Mother Earth as the dogmas of man made interpretations’ of how life is to be ran and understood are doing to humanity at this moment. Because, in truth, they are the ones that have set the agenda upon Mother Earth that does not work with Natures Laws.  The knowledge lost along the way lies within the Native Traditions and Cultures knowledge and wisdom’s of how the environments work and shift.   The Red Nations traditions’ have worked for hundreds of thousands of years as stewards of Mother Earth.  It has been very hard to delete any evidence of the wondrous civilization’s peoples that still exists upon Mother Earth.

Many cultures have worked very hard to foster a view that the scientific method, so called, the questioning left brained process is the way forward in life.  And all of this is aimed to isolate you from the truth, for the truth of what awaits us is coming.  As we move into the future we have less than three years to get on board:  To consider to heal our environments with the Eagle and Condor Nations Traditional Ceremonies, along with other Earth Wisdom Cultures to soften the blow of Nature Shifts, the disasters we have seen in the years past.  It has been mentioned in dreams and visions we have not seen anything yet.  For what is coming will be so interesting many will not believe it is happening, until it happens before there very eyes.

The warning bell is ringing even louder than ever now.  So I just want to bring forth a few considered, strong words, to help begin the awakening processes to the Wind River Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. Many of us have been working for the people to become conscious of what is happening and to truly understand what is required for us in the New Earth Agreements ahead.  And to learn to become educated on what we can do to assist our families, friends and relatives to be able to get into the New World coming as we move towards 2012 and beyond.

One Must – Acknowledge our Creator. The particles that make up your soul is on loan from your Creator and Mother Earth. They belong to the Creator and Mother Earth and all that is being asked is that you consider acknowledging that relationship: In order for peace to prevail upon Mother Earth, we must take care of her and each other.

A second step is to clear all of our negative past with one another: the universal causal law by which good or bad actions determine the future model of an individual’s existence in their actions today.  Which has affected and cursed our families in our societies today.  These actions represent the moral measurement of the process of changing our belief systems to become a better human being.  Theories of salvation speculate that future life situations will be conditioned by ones actions performed during one’s present life—which itself has been conditioned by the accumulated effects of actions performed in our lives from our past, in the present and take the negative or positive life styles into the future.

With in time our circles will be taught by this wisdom and activated to bring this forth so all of humanity that chooses to participate in the awakening process can become conscious of what is taking places around us.  And it is very important to know or consider that we have access to this great knowledge and wisdom of the times ahead.

And a third step to consider is to rejuvenate and to purify the physical body. This might sound quite unexpected from where you look at life in this moment. This time is known as the purification time and having a pure clean environment within our bodies is up for clearing to rejuvenate the spiritual mental and physical body. Every being upon our planet that wishes to participate in the Ascension process to get into the Fifth World ahead must consider this message of purity ones self as we move ahead towards 2012 and beyond.  As 2012 is dissolved we move into a new world of existence where purity of our spirit, mind and body; must match that pure energy that is building now and will arrive ever so strong on the December Solstice of 2012. We have been told in our oral stories as Native American’s and other cultures what would happen in the times we are in now.  They have been reminded for us to consider now, for many generation in the oral stories that those who do not consider preparing will not survive those energies now and as we move towards the end of 2012.  Again, this is not a threat. It’s simply to bring about some understanding, because every being can undertake that preparation when the awareness is there for the consciousness can awaken to the truth.

And so there is a cycle that is coming and ending at the end of 2012 and a new one beginning as we move past 2013.  The ending of that cycle really needs to be considered and the beginning of a new cycle as we move past 2012 acknowledged in what this writing is all about. This message is to help bring forth some understanding for all of our families to think about within our families, friends and relatives of all nations.  I really pray and hope that this message will help you begin to consider what’s coming and to prepare for the times ahead in 2010, 2011 and for the final shift in 2012 as we move into a new time ahead in 2013 onward in the next 5,000 years.

Thank you for your time and consideration on this information for this very important time we are in now. This is message for peace and health to prevail as we move into the future ahead in the Name of Peace, Sent from my Heart of the Rose to your Hearts, in the name of peace for love and harmony as the Return of the Dove makes its flight, known as peace, which is the flight of the Dove bring true freedom coming as we enter 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and beyond.

Thank you for considering these messages for peace, love and harmony to return to our Mother Earth for All Nations. Oohweehoo….

Bennie “BlueThunder” LeBeau, Eastern Shoshone Nation, Wind River Indian Reservation, Riverton, Wyoming

March 31st, 2010 Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie, WY

We must not forget our webmaster Steven Andersen who has been with us from the very beginning.

Steven is so dedicated to our cause…..He is a Bear Clan Brother, neighbor to Medicine Creek on his land named Quail Haven! I do not know what I would do without him….Maybe you could send him a thank you every now and again. He is listed on the site as Web Master.

I close this newsletter with a message of Prayer for all that have come to these pages…….This is my give-away to you!….Honey in the Heart, Grandmother Whitedeer

                                    Oh Great Mystery!

                             Your gifts of birth enrich us

                      Your embracing comfort surrounds us

                       Your Infinite Spirit dwells within us

                         Your Rainbow of Peace protects us

                             Your Cycles of Truth guide us

                               Your Eternal Life uplifts us


Aho, Grandmother Twylah Nitsch…from her workbook titled So That The Teachings May Live

Chief Golden Light Eagle of the Galactic Federation of Light speaks

This YouTube video is being shared with us via Tonya Whitedeer so that people around the world will open their eyes and pray for all our relatives who need our help, especially with what is happening to the air and water. Please watch and join us tomorrow June 6 – World Prayer Day.  Let us remember that it is Mother Earth who supports our lives and she needs our help.

Let us cast a net of light to encircle the oil spill and make it unthreatening for all our relatives who are in harm’s way.


Message from Tonya Whitedeer Water Ceremony June 5

sand star
sand star

  In Response to the Oil Spilling into the Gulf of Mexico ~

[Work on the Spirit Level DOES Help]
Drum, Rattle, Didj, Dance, Song, Flute, Ocean Healing Ceremony 
on Saturday, June 5th, 6PM
Golden Gardens 
8499 Seaview Place Northwest, Seattle, WA
{{look for drummers in the section of the beach near the park entrance}}
Come to Golden Gardens RAIN OR SHINE with your noise makers and ecstatic bodies to send loving energy to the oceans and all our sisters and brothers that live there.

We will form a circle at 6PM and drum at length until we feel done. We could be there into the night. The more people that come, the larger the circle and power of healing there will be. YOU ARE THE CIRCLE. Please come if you can!


– Healing for the Ocean People 
– Acknowledgment of our Human selves in part responsibility for the Oil Spills in the Gulf of Mexico
– Acknowledgment and reinforcement of our own Divinity in our place of the great web.

This is a devotional activity. This is a healing circle of giving as well as receiving for it is in both gratitude and love that the healing energies can flow. Feel free to hold your own meditations with your friends at your end of the circle. All expressions: joy, grief, sorrow, love, determination, welcome.







Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin, USA
Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin, USA

Grandmother Tonya Whitedeer sent this message:  


Please join us in our efforts to unify en masse to help our precious waters through prayer and ceremony.  Let us know how you would like to help. No matter how small of a circle or community, any effort will make a difference when we all work together! The Circles of Empowerment will be actively participating in this event. We are tasked with developing ceremonies in all of our Central Coast Communities. So if you would like to represent your community’s beach, lake, creek … gather together your circles for a prayer ceremony on the shore. Our goal is to have as many Blessing Ceremonies [Nibi Wabo] as possible in our area from Cambria to Santa Barbara.

Join us. Gather a vessel of water in a sacred place in your home and pray with it, put crystals in it, give it good intentions. Bring it to the ceremony and we will marry all our waters and pour it into the Grandmother Ocean! Feel free to contact Grandmother T. Water Sister Tonya on representing your area at

Time and Place:
We will be gathering from noon to 1 pm at the end of Grand Ave. in Grover Beach [CA], just off the parking lot on the right.  Adjust your time accordingly by your time zone.


Memengwaa Ikway suggests that you carry your home water to a free flowing water source near you be it creek, stream, pond, bay, lake or ocean.  We are all uniting our love and respect for Mother water. 


Be happy insectamonarca friends where ever you live,
Memengwaa Ikway (Butterfly Woman) 





Tonya Whitedeer of the Sisters of the Planetary Water Rites in California sent the following excerpted email:

Pure Shell Lake in Shell Lake, Wisconsin
Pure Shell Lake in Shell Lake, Wisconsin

  I wish I was not writing to tell you that the Gulf of Mexico is experiencing an epic oil spill.  I wish we were not witnessing what may become the largest oil spill in US history.  I am asking for your help.  I am calling for a group meditation on Sunday evening.  (Of course…any time you love water…whether today or tomorrow or Sunday…it will make a difference…so join when you can.)

I am calling for a miracle.  Let’s join in a meditation to cap the oil leak Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. Pacific & AZ time. I feel that this oil spill has served to wake us up.  Maybe this will allow us to refocus, and find a better solution to meet our energy needs.  For that awakening, we give thanks.  Our hearts open to the families who have experienced loss, and trauma.  Our hearts embrace all life in the area affected; people, wildlife, flora and water.

Shell Lake and diminishing water table due in part to Climate Change
Shell Lake and diminishing water table due in part to Climate Change

  Grandmother and water sister Tonya Whitedeer says, “Invite the Spirit of Water to be fully present and enlivened and one with the Spirit of the Gulf of Mexico.”  Turn your thoughts and prayers towards purity of water and to cap the oil leak Sunday evening 5 p.m. Pacific & AZ time, 6 p.m. Mountain time, Central standard time 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern standard time.  Let’s stand in solidarity and prayer for five minutes and give our healing energy to water.  Tell the water that you love her and are doing your part to protect her insectamonarca friends where ever you live.

Memengwaa Ikway