Events: Owámni Falling Water Festival; Water is Life Water Protector Fundraiser; Māori ​Contributions to Global Indigenous Health

Here are three upcoming events: The Owámni Falling Water Festival (July 28), sponsored by Healing Place Collaborative; the Water is Life Festival (July 22), an Honor the Earth Fundraiser in Duluth featuring the Indigo Girls; and a presentation on the Māori Environmental Science and ​Contributions to Global Indigenous Health (July 16), sponsored by the University of Minnesota.

The Owámni Falling Water Festival: Saturday, July 28, 1-5 p.m. at Father Hennepin Bluff Park, 420 SE Main Street, Minneapolis. This is a free family event celebrating indigenous culture, with food, music, art, exhibitors, and more. Deanna Standing Cloud will Emcee, and performers include Annie Humphrey, Jackie Bird, Hoka-Hey Drum Group, Darren Sipity, and Kitto.

Water is Life Festival: Sunday, July 22, Honor the Earth is holding a water protector fundraiser at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth. The show includes the Indigo Girls, Annie Humphrey, Sister Tree and others. Doors open at 2 p.m., show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. (Tickets here.)

This is a special benefit concert in the wake of Minnesota’s approval of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands crude oil pipeline. Line 3 will cross lands where the Anishinaabe have treaty-protected rights to hunt, fish and gather. (Fact sheet here.)

Māori Environmental Science and ​Contributions to Global Indigenous Health: Monday, July 16, 2-3:30 p.m. at Walter Library on the University of Minnesota campus, Room 101. Māori scholars and traditional knowledge-holders Justin Ihirangi Heke and Paora Te Hurihanganui will speak. RSVP by July 13.

Dr. Justin Ihirangi Heke (Waikato/Tainui) is an indigenous researcher at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi specializing in health, physical education, and environmental science. Heke is involved in a number of national and international projects, including a recently completed research project at Johns Hopkins University, where he was funded by the Global Obesity Prevention Center to conduct a study using traditional indigenous health approaches alongside Systems Dynamics.

Paora Te Hurihanganui is a son of the sovereign tribal nation of Ngāti Rangiwewehi (Te Arawa) and is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and European descent. Hurihanganui is the chief executive of Te Papa Tākaro o Te Arawa, an Iwi mandated trust working within the sport and health sectors. He has previously worked in tourism and education. Hurihanganui has a passion for the revitalization of ancestral and cultural pursuits and has a diverse background in Māori arts as a contemporary visual artist, performing artist, and martial artist.

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