Rio Salado Water Walk with Sharon Day (Ojibwe) and Nibi Walks

“The Nibi (Water) Walks are Indigenous-led, extended ceremonies to pray for the water. Every step is taken in prayer and gratitude for water, our life giving force.” -Nibi Walks

Sharon Day (Ojibwe) walks the Rio Salado in Arizona beginning at the headwaters of the Rio Salado ending at the confluence of Gila River and Rio Salado. In ceremony, a bucket of water is taken from the headwaters of the river (southeast of Roosevelt Lake) and carried by walkers to the mouth of Rio Salado (confluence of Gila and Salado.) The bucket of water is released at the confluence to remind the river of its original state.

Walk a partial day, full day or multiple days to come to understand the sacredness of water and the Phoenix area's relationship to water in our harsh desert climate.

Learn how you can participate in this contemplative walk for the water Feb. 14-18, 2020. If you can’t join the walkers you can volunteer in many ways. We would greatly appreciate your efforts.

This event is sponsored by the Museum of Walking, the ASU Institute for Humanities Research and the ASU Desert Humanities initiative. 

Walking route map.

Nibi Walk Protocol.

Feb 14 2020 - 12:00am
The Headwaters to the Mouth of Rio Salado
Off campus