I have always enjoyed the synchronicity of my name in relation to water protection. No way to know for sure, but possibly one ancient ancestor was tasked with water bearing or water protection.
Some of the most powerful scenes of my lifetime have taken place this week around Native people attempting to protect water. A version of this ceremony on Salon.com alone has gotten almost 3.5 million views, so its symbolic importance cannot be overstated, regardless of what happens in the future.
I live on an island surrounded by water called the Salish Sea or Puget Sound. When you live on an island, water is prominent in your consciousness, but H2O is obviously the most important element of human survival on the planet. Many of the tribes who once had members living on the island where I live now have coordinated over the past 4 years in water ceremony to resist an extension of the ginormous Tar Sands of Canada TransMountain pipeline. Well, two weeks ago that TransMountain pipeline extension was approved by Canada in the Kinder Morgan decision, ignoring US Native treaties.
Many folks may not have heard of this pipeline, so I want to post the information here. Please look at this map for reference of how large the area of land decimated by tar sands is and how vast the risk to communities below it from transporting all that oil by tanker and by pipeline.