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The River Runs through All of Us

November 20, 2009Patrick NunnallyRiver MeaningComments Off on The River Runs through All of Us

Many of us work on improving the Mississippi’s water quality, or on bringing more people to the water.  For some communities along the river, it is becoming their “front door,” after generations of being treated as the back door or mud room.

For many eastern Dakota, the Mississippi is simply home, the place of their origin. Created by Dakota media artist Mona Smith the piece speaks powerfully and elegantly:  “we will always be here.”

Voices such as these should be heard by all who want a “river experience,” and a collaboration of Twin Cities-based organizations is working toward just that goal.  Staff from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Wilderness Inquiry and the Mississippi River Fund are working together on something called the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure.

A signature element of the Adventure will be learning from Dakota people about Dakota relations to the river and the region.

The river may run through all of us, but I think it is fair to say that it runs more deeply in some than others.

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