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Lake Tahoe site of water prayer ceremony

Karel Ancona-Henry
Special to the Nevada Appeal

Lake Tahoe was one point on a global altar Tuesday, when people of all nations offered Water Prayers to Mother Earth, asking that all water, from the greatest ocean to the least tributary, be restored to original purity, for abundance and sustainability.

Water Prayers, once conducted annually, are now taking place with greater frequency under the direction of the Internation Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, who first gathered Oct. 11, 2004. The council in part “represent(s) a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for Mother Earth, her inhabitants, all the children and the next seven generations,” according to the mission statement.

“I am here today representing no tribe, but am just here as a Native American, for Mother Earth and to do the Creator’s work as I’ve been told,” said Rocky Boice, who stepped in for local medicine man Marshall Jack, who was called to Texas for ceremonies there.

The May 18 gathering was chosen due to the vibrations of that date as it relates to water, Boice said.

“We have had a nice, long winter, so in a sense, today is a completion of that circle; the end from last year and the beginning for the next.”

The Grandmothers lead ceremonies at 13 additional locations worldwide, from the African rainforest in Gabon to the Nepalese Himalayas to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Those who could not be present were asked to pray in their home or office, or to visit a waterway.

Lake Tahoe was designated one of nine energy points on a crystal star altar, comprised of Lake Superior, and lakes in Peru, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Russia, Africa and Switzerland. Mother Earth was the ninth point. At these sites, crystals were used in the ceremonies. Infused with prayers and blessed with water from those centers, the crystals will be taken to nearby tributaries to spread the blessings.

Locally, some of the crystals will be taken to waterways by Leviathan Mine, a location that due to high levels of contamination, has received Superfund Site designation.

“I was called to be here by the Council and brought water from Lake Titicaca (Peru) and crystals that Marshall has prayed on,” said Judy Lay, who traveled from New Mexico. “Water is life and the highest form of medicine given to us. Every time we take a drink, we should say a prayer of gratitude.”

During the ceremony, prayers were sung and tobacco offered along Lake Tahoe’s edge.

“We know that our water is in danger and that the negative energy has grown greater than the positive on our Mother Earth and this will continue into 2012,” Boice said in ceremony. “We don’t have to let it go that far, but we must help heal our Mother, otherwise, she will shake like a dog shakes fleas off its back.”

To learn more about the council and its work, visit