Posted by Brenda Norrell
Condensed by Native Village
Arizona: World-reknown scientists, teachers, and artists gathered in April 2009 with Hopi traditional leaders and teachers to share their knowledge and approaches to the nature, actions, and teachings of water. As with all Hopi weaving, the work drew energy from weavers' optimistic hopes that braiding the two approaches will produce a stronger, understanding of water.
Emoto says water is letting us realize the hidden power of words.
"Water has intelligence, " said Jerry Honawa, Hopi elder.
"If you are happy, you will have happy crystals; if you are angry, you will have angry crystals." Masayesva said. He said the waters--aquifers, springs, lakes, rivers, oceans and glaciers-- work in harmony to sustain life. Hopi believe the aquifers breathe in rain and snow and breathe it out. The springs are the breathing holes. Humankind is a participant in water-life; mankind's thoughts influence whether the rain and snow comes.
Of the world's water today, Masayesva said 97% is seawater and 2% is bound in glaciers. Only 1% is available for drinking. Masayesva said the people must honor their trust as guardians of the water and land.
"If we don't, we will break the circle," he said.
Braiding the Water Conference registration will be limited to 200 persons, including 40 indigenous youth. Their attendance will deepen their appreciation of traditional science and knowing. It will also enrich their sense of identity, and promote more purpose to learning, especially in science and mathematics. Such knowledge is critical for becoming future leaders for their people.
Conference registration: http://www.waterbraidingconference.com/
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