We live in water in our mother’s womb,’ Hopi grandmother Mona Polacca explains. ‘Moments before we come into this world, the water of our mother’s womb gushes out, and we follow behind. That is why the Hopi call water our first foundation of life.’
In my upbringing, I was taught that everyone is my relative. That we are all relatives. My parents and grandparents instilled this value since I was a child and I notice that, without question, it helps me to see the value in each person and living thing.
Grandmothers Mona Polacca and Maria Alice Freire from the The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers offer blessings and songs for Water, the World Water Law and World Water Year 2021.
Grandmother Mona is representative of the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace, a coalition of Indigenous leaders and organizations that was envisioned by the elders to protect the water. It has the support of 60 organizations globally at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.