Students For Sustainable Living, Students Against Sulfide Mining and other Northern Michigan University student organizations invite you to attend the Superior Water Festival in Marquette this weekend (April 3-5, 2009).
The latest in the ongoing Water Festival takes place on the campus of Northern Michigan University in beautiful Marquette on the shore of the world’s largest freshwater body, Lake Superior. The weekend will feature regional water luminaries, local legends, world-class Michigan musicians, students from Northern and all over the state and people who care about water issues gathering for a weekend of music, food, community, panels, workshops, dances and celebration to honor & protect our water locally and address global challenges.
Friday’s activities will include guided hikes throughout the day. Saturday will mark the start of on-campus festivities at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until 5:00 p.m., to be followed by an evening potluck, a film showing by Jeff Gibbs and a concert featuring Seth Bernard, Daisy May, Michael Beauchamp, Brandon Foote, Susan Fawcett, Frank Youngman, Hawks & Owls and Grassmonkey. Sunday’s schedule will feature more activities and music.
Panels, workshops, films and presentations will cover topics including the spirituality & symbolism of water in different cultures & religions; food systems, ethics and their impact on our environment; Great Lakes/Lake Superior watershed discussions; case studies on the past, present and future of dams; Native American/First Nations unique perspective on and relationship with water; health and social justice issues pertaining to water; and the legacy of mining in the U.P. and its impact, among others.
There will be many family-oriented activities throughout the weekend including music by the Earthwork musicians, NMU students and Michigan performers, the Marshland kids’ parade, story-telling, poetry readings, Native American dance and a community sing.
Please join our coalition to celebrate the water and culture of the Great Lakes Basin and the U.P. For more information, please email us at email@example.com.
Here’s a little pickin’ on Old Man at the Mill from Hawks & Owls: