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Lake Monona Water Walk

The Story

The Prelude: The Vision that came during the 3rd Lake Monona Water Walk of 2014 revealed its deeper meaning as Art Shegonee(Menomonie/Potowatami) and Dianné Jean Aldrich (Santee/ Wachichu) sat around the dining room table contemplating the destruction happening to the Mother Earth and her Waters due to Frac Mining in Wisconsin. The Heartbeat of the Drum was to be heard once again. The Heartbeat of Gratitude for all that our Mother has given so unconditionally, the Heartbeat of Mourning as she is sand-trucked away and her waters poisoned.

The History: Sometime after 1862, Tail Feather Woman (Santee) prayed for deliverance and received a vision about the construction of a drum, the beat of which had transformative power that would lead the Blue Coats to lay down their arms. Her teachings were to bring people together in peace and in unity in a time of hostility and distrust. She traveled to the Anishinabe Nation with the songs and protocols for the ceremony of the Dream Drum.

“When all was ready, the first Sioux Drum ceremony was held, including the preparation of a feast. A group of Calvarymen happened along and heard the singing. They thought a war party was being organized and so approached the group carefully. They saw only a peaceful gathering. Some of the warriors motioned for the soldiers to join them as the feast was about to be served. The soldiers came in and ate. When the ceremony resumed, the soldiers joined in the dances. When the soldiers were ready to leave, they all shook hands in friendship. As near as can be determined, this was the spring of 1879.”-notes by Blessing

“It is said that when the water turns to poison and you can no longer eat the fish, a new people will emerge…They will have the choice of two roads.” (Ojibwe History-Wisconsin Public Television)

In 1990 this new maturity represented in Nick Hockings a Peace Warrior of Lac du Flambeau Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribe brought forth “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg” ( A New People). Leading us and guiding from the heart, the Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company began presenting to the world a multi-cultural “Circle Dance” of “Dancing the Dream of Peace and Hope.” Sending a message that we are all interconnected. What effects one, effects all of us.

In 2003 Josephine Mandamin (Ojibwe) walked Lake Superior and subsequently ALL five Great Lakes to raise awareness for the needless abuse of the Waters and for their protection. She walked and she prayed with and for the Waters. She traveled to Lake Monona in 2012, the year of the hot drought, and spoke to the People from her Heart and led them along with William Waterway Marks (Wachichu) in a traditional Water Walk around the Lake to raise awareness. Lake Monona Water Walk Coordinator Dianné Jean Aldrich (Santee/Wachichu) received the calling from Spirit to continue the Water Walk in 2013 as a prayer walk, in 2014 as a healing walk and finally, the 4th and last round in 2015 (upcoming) as a gratitude walk.

The future- Then the beautiful web that had been weaved became visible. The original vision of the ceremonial drum of Tail Feather Woman and the original vision of the Water Walk of Josephine Mandamin would come together to sound the heartbeat vibration of “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg.” A New People will recognize themselves and one another on the shores of Lake Monona to sing, dance, drum, walk, learn, share and pray in unity as one family.

Epilogue- The Lake Monona Water Walk of 2015 asked this question; What’s Next?  Continue with us in this conversation as we gather monthly as one spiritual family and dedicate ourselves to the manifestation of Heaven on Earth known as clean and abundant water for ALL, a well cared for Planet Earth, Children and Elders who are honored, Peace amongst ALL peoples and the evolution of humanity toward Health, Happiness, Wisdom, Compassion and Loving Kindness.  AncientMotherMoonLodge@tds.net


July 10 – 13, 2015

Monona, Wisconsin ~ Madison, Wisconsin

The Lake Monona Water Walk 2015 is a weekend of inspired water related events to extend our Gratitude to the Waters of Life and raise Public Awareness for the need to Steward our local watershed in a good way as we recognize that we are in the midst of a very real Global Water Crisis.


United we walk Lake Monona to show our gratitude for the Life Giving Waters that unconditionally nourish us every day.

We walk to raise awareness for this most precious resource as we comprehend the gravity of our current global water crises.

We walk to praise the efforts of ALL who have so diligently worked to clean up, protect and enhance our local watershed.

We walk to remember that we are Stewards of this Earth, Her Waters and all Her relations for the next 7 generations forward.


Grassroots, Local, Regional, State and Tribal leaders come together with internationally famous 3x Grammy Award winner Singer-Songwriter Bill Miller to offer an opportunity for the People (community) to unite in an effort to raise awareness for the very real Global Water Crises and the protection of their local watershed.

Presenting an evening of inspiration and leadership on July 10th at Monona Grove High School we have:

Local Monona Mayor Bob Miller
Regional Dane County Executive Joe Parisi
State Congressman Robb Kahl

Anishinabe Grand Chief Edward Benton-Benai
Ojibwe Tribal Leader Joe Rose (Elder/Environmentalist/Scholar)

Entertainer Bill Miller

This EPIC, PEACEFUL and COLLABORATIVE event to encourage good stewardship of the Water is successfully pulled together by volunteers, sponsors, residents, speakers, dignitaries, collaborators, law enforcement, in-kind contributions, spiritual leaders, artists, and the First Nations people of this region including the Ho-Chunk, Ojibwe, Dakota, Anishinabe, Menominie and Mohican (just to name a few).


Friday Evening: July 10th: 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Monona Grove High School Fine Arts Center

Monona Drive, Monona  WI

Fundraising Concert with 3x Grammy Award Winning Native American Singer Songwriter Bill Miller (Wisconsin Native/Mohican). Local Musicians come together to present “With My Own Two Hands” by Jack Johnson and Ben Harper/Curious George Soundtrack. Special guest presentations include dignitaries Monona Mayor Bob Miller, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Congressman Rob Kahl. The evening will be  presided over by Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge Edward Benton-Benai and Ojibway Elder, Environmentalist, Scholar Joe Rose.  Menomonie Dancer Art Shegonee and Lake Monona Water Walk Coordinator Dianné Jean Aldrich will emcee the evening.

First 500 donations will be guaranteed a seat.  Donate online @ LakeMononaWaterWalk.org $10 – $100 or mail a check made out to The Emerald Heart Center, c/o 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona WI  53716.  All donations are tax deductible.

Saturday: July 11th: Noon – 9:00 pm.

Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona, WI

Join Native American Elders and Local Water Experts in our Teaching Tepee for an incredible day of learning, sharing from the heart and inspiration including presentations from (see bios below):

12:00 noon:  Welcome & Introduction: Dianné Jean Aldrich & Art Shegonee

1:00 pm: Grand Chief Edward Benton-Benai

2:00 pm: Ojibway Elder Joe Rose

3:00 pm: On behalf of “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg”(A New People) Art & Dawn Shegonee

4:00 pm: Ho-Chunk tribal member Ken Whitehorse

5:00 pm: Author Ann Aswegan

6:00 pm: Environmental writer Ron Seely

7:00 pm: Drum teacher Elmor Lawson

8:00 pm: Community Voices:  Open mic for the public to share.

A traditional Inipi/Sweat Lodge Ceremony and a Women’s Moon Lodge will be on offer throughout the day for the people to pray for the Water and purify in preparation for Sundays walk.

Sunday: July 12th: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona, WI

7:00 am: All Traditions Water Blessing. A blessing for the waters and the walkers before the walk given by spiritual leaders of many faiths and traditions. Beautiful!

9:30 am: The Water Walk commences.  Clockwise around Lake Monona following the “Bike Loop” and including Monona Bay.

*Drums and drummers are encouraged to surround the Lake and sound the heartbeat of Mother Earth calling all the people to the shores of Lake Monona as the Water Walkers walk.

4:30 pm: A Community Feast will be on offer afterwards for all participants at the Monona Community Center, Nichols Road, Monona, WI.

Monday: July 13th: 10:00 am

Frost Woods Beach, Winnequah Road, Monona, WI

10:00 am: Talking Stick/Listening Feather Vision Sharing… What’s Next?

Clean up grounds. Leave No Trace.

Free camping throughout the weekend at Frost Woods Park, Monona WI.  No electric available.  No open fire allowed.

The entire weekend of events are FREE and open to the public. Family Friendly event. No drugs or alcohol permitted.

If unable to walk there are many, many other ways to participate:

~Bring a drum to the Lakeshore and drum your gratitude.

~Volunteer to help prepare the feast at the end of the walk.

~Greet the Walkers along the way with drinks of water, cheers and snacks.

~Donate money to help us with operating costs.

~Volunteer before or after, many different types of volunteers are needed.

~Participate in the many other events happening throughout the weekend.


Thank you to our Major 2015 SPONSORS:

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin

4Pillars4Health EcoSpace

Generous anonymous donor

Ancient Mother MoonLodge

Madison Municipal Sewerage District

Rocky Paths/Hidden Treasures

Sustainability on Stilts

Madison Permaculture Guild

Willy Street Co-op

Monona Parks & Recreation

Saris Bicycle Works

Emerald Heart Center

All our collaborators who have donated in-kind provisions and services


Bawdwaywidun, or Edward Benton-Banai, is a full blood Ojibwe-Anishinabe of the Fish Clan from the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in northern Wisconsin. A strong advocate for culture-based education and the relearning of our sacred Anishinabemowin language, Benton-Banai is the presiding Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge.  He is one of the original founders of the American Indian Movement, arguably the most influential movements that has led to self-identity, pride and revival of American Indian culture for the last generation of Anishinabe people. He was the American Indian Movement’s spiritual leader.  Benton-Banai is the author of The Mishomis Book, the first book of its kind that provides an understanding of the sacred Midewiwin teachings written for Anishinabe families, and also Anishinabe Almanac,Anishinabe living thru the seasons.  As the Grand Chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, he is the source of the sacred water teachings and the genesis of the water walk movement that began in 2003 by Josephine Mandamin, an Ojibwe Grandmother of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, who led the Lake Monona Water Walk of 2012 with William Waterway Marks.

Joe Rose, or Mokagissis (“Rising Sun”), a cultural treasure of the Bad River Ojibwe community, is an Elder, Environmentalist and Scholar.  For the thousands of students who have passed through Northland College in Ashland, WI, Mr Rose is the familiar face of Native America.  Since 1974, as founder and director of Northland’s Native American Studies program, Rose has shaped their understanding of indigenous people and their relationship to the natural world and is a principal instructor at the annual Traditional Ways summer institute at his home on the Lake Superior shoreline.

Bill Miller is an award-winning Native American recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist, painter, and world-class accomplished flute player. Over the entirety, Miller has produced over a dozen albums, received three Grammy Awards, numerous NAMA awards (including a “Lifetime Achievement Award) and led Wisconsin’s La Crosse Symphony Orchestra.  Bill grew up amid the streams and woodlands of his reservation in northern Wisconsin.  Even then, water made a deep impression. His tribe is properly called Mahicanuk, which means People From Where The Waters Are Never Still.  “I’ve always been connected to water,” says Bill. “My reservation was in northern Wisconsin, so I grew up near lakes and rivers. There’s a mystical energy in water. Every Native creation story has water in it.”

Ron Seely joined the nonprofit organization Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism as a part-time reporter, editor and student mentor in June 2013 after nearly 35 years as an award-winning environmental reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Ann E. Aswegan RN, MS Ed is a dream consultant and holistic heath educator who has offered workshops, classes and retreats throughout the US since 1989 that focus on personal growth and inner awareness. She was a member of the Monona Heritage Foundation that was formed to save and protect the Turtle Equinox marker mound in Monona and to raise awareness of the effigy mounds located near the four lakes in the Madison area.  She is the author of the book “Awakening to the Song of Your Self: Revelations by Day and Dreams by Night”.

Elmore Lawson is a facilitator of drum circles throughout Wisconsin, at schools, libraries and community centers.  “In a drum circle there is an individual, spiritual, and community connectedness that happens. The non-verbal interactions between people is the key to relating to each other. There is a spontaneous camaraderie between people.The division between beliefs, philosophical ideas, political position, class, gender, and race dissipates. None of that matters. There is no space for differences.  Passion, joy and love are my guide toward my natural state of being.  I am an instrument that glue all beings” says Mr. Lawson.

Art & Dawn Shegonees Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company began presenting to the world a global cultural “Circle Dance” of “Dancing the Dream of Peace” after Nick Hockings, a Peace Warrior of the Lac du Flambeau Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribe, brought forth the vision of “Osh-ki-bi-ma-di-zeeg” (A New People) in 1990.  Leading and guiding from the heart, their company offers “a New Hope for Humanity and sends the message that we are all interconnected.  What effects one, effects all of us.”

Dianné Jean Aldrich, Monona resident and 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace business owner, responded to Monona Mayor Bob Miller’s call for ‘water projects’ in 2012 (Monona’s declared Year of Water).  Inspired by the 5 Great Lake Water Walks of Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, Aldrich invited Mandamin and internationally acclaimed author and water activist William Waterway Marks (United Nations sponsored Water Voices from Around the World) to lead a Water Walk around Lake Monona in July of 2012.  The vision for the walk that year turned into an epic three day event including a water expo, children’s water activities, showing of ‘Waterlife’ the documentary, a dance/music concert, an All Traditions Water Blessing and community feast.  Ms. Aldrich facilitates the Ancient Mother MoonLodge, a monthly ceremonial circle, at her cedar wood eco-yurt in Monona.  Her business, 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, in a fully equipped Pilates studio offering Pilates, Qigong, Yoga of the Runes, Sacred Lifestyle Coaching and distributes Young Living Essential Oils and Sun-Mar Composting Toilets.  Her zoning variance to install a composting toilet in her Monona yurt made local news in 2009 and again in 2015.  Her love and passion for water continues to flow as she coordinates this years Lake Monona Water Walk 2015.


The Medicine Drums & Gathering locations to Rest the Waters along the Walk will be at these parks (Drums to be confirmed):

Frost Woods Beach (Gathering of the Waters) – Drum confirmed
Monona Bay Shelter
Olbrich – Drum confirmed
Schluter Beach
Frost Woods Beach (Return of the Waters) – Drum confirmed




Walk, bike, or paddle to raise the public awareness of our collective need to honor and steward this lake and all waters in a mindful, sacred and joyous way.

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

7:00 am – 9:00 am – All Traditions Water Blessing
9:30 am – 4:30 pm – Lake Monona Water Walk 2014

Led by the Ancient Mother MoonLodge and Sponsored by 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace, Llc.

Water Blessing & Water Walk Meeting Place at Frost Woods Beach, 5850 Winnequah Road, Monona, WI 53716.

Gathering locations to Rest the Waters along the Walk will be at these parks:

Frost Woods Beach (Gathering of the Waters)
Monona Bay
Schluter Beach
Frost Woods Beach (Return of the Waters)


An anniversary tribute to the beautiful energy set in motion in 2012!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

7:00 am: Meet at Frost Woods Beach in Monona (on Winnequah) for a Blessing of the Waters and a sharing of memories from last year’s Water Walk.
9:00 am: Set out (clockwise) for a Walk, Bike Ride or Paddle around Lake Monona.

I have seen much good and inspiration come from the Lake Monona Water Walk 2012. I heard from many of those who had the opportunity to attend some or all of the weekends festivities that it was, indeed, a consciousness raising experience. This was the vision for the Walk last year. To raise consciousness and also to foster a heart centered connection to the Waters in our community.

This year we gather to remember so as to give energy to our continued commitment to Water, to one another and to the next 7 generations.

Please join me this year in blessing the Waters once again with our gratitude, our love and our prayers for healing.

This years Walk is a personal experience as opposed to a community organized event. Unlike last year, this years walk will require that all walk, ride or paddle at their own risk. We will not provide the resources of volunteers, transportation, water, etc. during the walk. Please Come Prepared with food, water, communication devices, and a secure knowledge of your ability to make the journey. If you feel you are unable to make it all the way around the lake, join us for the morning blessing or walk a portion of the lake as it suits your ability.

A special thank you to Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and William Waterway Marks for their continued inspiration and work on behalf of the Waters. We appreciate your contribution to our community last year. May you be blessed in all your endeavors and come visit us again soon!


A highlight of the Year of Water in Monona, WI, the Lake Monona Water Walk 2012 will be led by First Nations Ojibwe Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and William Waterway Marks. Mandamin has walked around all of the Great Lakes and is featured in the documentary Waterlife. Marks is the author of The Holy Order of Water and Water Voices from Around the World, a UN affiliated compilation of writings from 77 renowned leaders, such as Kofi Annan and Dr. Jane Goodall.  It is an honor to have Mandamin and Marks lead a walk around our lake!

The Lake Monona Water Walk is the organizing event around which multiple educational and inspirational activities will expand people’s awareness, appreciation, and gratitude for the waters of our community and our world. Plans include a welcoming event with live music, a festival in Winnequah Park that includes a Winnequah Park Water Walk for young families, a Water Expo with Exhibitors, Vendors, Science projects, and Water Art, an outdoor movie screening of Waterlife, an All Traditions Water Blessing, and a community potluck, all building enthusiasm for the Lake Monona Water Walk itself.

Dozens of exhibitors and presenters from water and sustainability organizations will offer hands-on activities, literature, education and other outreach to the public.

Monona Mayor Bob Miller, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, and city leaders are enthused to collaborate in this effort, as are many groups, businesses, and individuals who care deeply about water in Dane County.