Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 20, 2017

Long Walk 5 Oceti Sakowin -- Swimming the River, Praying for the Water by Bad Bear

Photos by Western Shoshone Long Walker Carl Bad Bear Sampson.
Oceti Sakowin Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We are still here. We are everywhere.

Long walker Western Shoshone Bad Bear shares the journey of Long Walkers at Oceti Sakowin today.
“As a group today, me, Scott, Jessica and Roy went in the water to pray.
Me and Roy went all the way to Rosebud side. I carried a smudge stick.
Swimming across for the water
In prayer for the water and the people that were there
Feeling of sadness and at the
Same time happy, honored, blessed to
Take the smudge stick across to the other side, still lit as Bobby Wallace sang songs smudging to the Four Directions.
Than took the smudge stick with what was left still burning to where the cable is there, then swim back across.
Love hope faith and friendship WATER IS LIFE !

                                                                  Four Bands Camp along Cannonball River


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