The Owens Valley Paiute bring awareness to Water Issues
The precious water that was once used by the Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley to cultivate their crops was fisrt taken from them by white settlers, and is now piped over the Sierras and used almost exclusively by the city of Los Angeles. The de-watering of Owens Lake has lead to airborne dust that contributes to a number of health problems for the community. The Paiute are raising awareness of this resource inequity, and the contrast between the sustainable way their ancestors managed the water and the way it is used today.
A group of Paiute and their allies have begun a practice of prayerfully walking the water ways, both natural and manmade. As a kind of pilgramage, they aim to raise awareness of the water issues of the Owens Valley, and celebrate the possibilities when we come together in reverence of Paya (water) and envision new ways of relating to water and eachother.
The Water Walkers: