Sep
4
th
2022
Bayfront Festival Park
Sunday
Sep
4
th
2022
Bayfront Festival Park

Honor The Earth and The Current present

Water Is Life Festival

hosted by Winona LaDuke • featuring Ani DiFrancoIndigo GirlsAllison RussellTia WoodLOWDessaJoe Rainey SrKeith SecolaAnnie HumphreyDavid Huckfelt & The Unarmed ForcesCorey MedinaGaelynn Lea • emcee Thomas X

with D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai and Quannah Chasinghorse

Doors Open

12PM

Show Starts

1PM

Ages

All Ages

Previous Buyer discount

$32

Advance

$40

Day of Show

$50

“Water is life. We are the people who live by the water. Pray by these waters. Travel by the waters. Eat and drink from these waters. We are related to those who live in the water. To poison the waters is to show disrespect for creation. To honor and protect the waters is our responsibility as people of the land.”

Winona LaDuke

Note: Children 10 & under admitted free

Honor the Earth and First Avenue are proud to present the second annual “Water Is Life” music, art & cultural festival at Bayfront Park in Duluth, Minnesota on the shores of the mighty Gichi-Gami (Lake Superior). Featuring an unprecedented coalition of musicians, artists, poets & Indigenous leaders, “Water Is Life” stands alone in the festival landscape at the heart of the Native American, women-led environmental & social justice movement nationally where Honor the Earth has led the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and climate justice for over thirty years. With performances by Ani Difranco, Allison Russell, The Indigo Girls, Tia Wood, LOW, Dessa, Joe Rainey Sr, Keith Secola, Annie Humphrey, David Huckfelt, Corey Medina, Gaelynn Lea, and emcee Thomas X, this one-day festival is a celebration of water as the fundamental life-giving resource of Mother Earth.

This year’s festival theme centers, elevates, and supports women as the first line of resistance and resilience in the face of an all-out assault in the United States against Mother Earth and the rights of women everywhere. “Water Is Life” is a wildly diverse celebration in art & activism that stands in solidarity against sexism, racism, and corporate greed; honoring the sacred, protecting the vulnerable, and breaking the link between the subjugation of the feminine and the short-sighted destruction of the planet. 100% of proceeds from the festival will go directly to Honor the Earth to assist in fighting new challenges to Indigenous lands & people and climate justice in Minnesota and around the globe.

Festival production will be provided by Minneapolis’s legendary music venue First Avenue, and Minnesota Public Radio / The Current leads a diverse coalition of community sponsors. Local, organic food vendors, regionally-sourced food and beverages, and a sustainability village of vendors will all be onsite. All proceeds from the festival will go to Winona LaDuke’s Honor the Earth organization to assist in urgent climate-justice efforts here in Minnesota & all around Turtle Island (Planet Earth)

Honor the Earth was founded by Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke and Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls. Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard. We are the only Native organization that provides both financial support and organizing support to Native environmental initiatives. This model is based on strategic analysis of what is needed to forge change in Indian country, and it is based deep in our communities, histories, and long-term struggles to protect the earth.

Performers


Ani DiFranco

The transcendent new album from Ani DiFranco, Revolutionary Love (out January 29, 2021), marks the latest proof of one of her most powerful gifts as an artist: a rare ability to give...

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Indigo Girls

On their 16th studio album, Indigo Girls tell their origin story. Look Long is a stirring and eclectic collection of songs that finds the duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers...

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Allison Russell

Though deep and wide may be the world, it is within dim and narrow rooms — airless and mundane — that the true stories of our lives are enacted; are...

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Tia Wood

Tia Wood’s rise has played out like destiny. Her first viral video, originally made purely for fun, snowballed into two years of continued triumphs. With 2.3 million followers on TikTok, a Vogue feature,...

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Low

Focusing on their craft, staying out of the fray, and holding fast their faith to find new ways to express the discord and delight of being alive, to turn the...

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Dessa

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—she’s appeared on the Billboard charts, recorded with the GRAMMY-winning Minnesota Orchestra, contributed to The Hamilton Mixtape and the RBG documentary soundtrack, and performed...

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Joe Rainey

Joe Rainey is a Pow Wow singer from Red Lake Ojibwe in Minneapolis, a city with one of the largest and proudest Native American populations in the country. On Niineta,...

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Keith Secola

Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Rising from the grassroots of North America, he...

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Annie Humphrey

Growing up on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, Annie lived in a home filled with voices made of thunder and nothing could stop it. Her parents were...

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David Huckfelt & The Unarmed Forces

David Huckfelt is a singer / lyricist / activist and founding frontman of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorites The Pines. An Iowa-native and former theology student, Huckfelt attended the prestigious Iowa...

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Corey Medina

Corey Medina is a Blues-Rock artist who is Diné from Shiprock, NM, a town on the Navajo Tribal Nation. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 to be closer to...

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Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, and not long after she took to the road. Since then, she has toured in 45 states and 9 countries,...

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emcee Thomas X

Indigenous Hip Hop artist from the Red Lake Nation in northern Minnesota. Co-founder of the independent record label; Rez Rap Records.

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Special Guests


D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

Recently featured on GQ Hype, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is a 20-year-old Canadian actor best known for his role as Bear Smallhill in the FX/Hulu comedy-drama Reservation Dogs. Born in Toronto, Woon-A-Tai...

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Quannah Chasinghorse

Quannah ChasingHorse is from the Han Gwich’in from Eagle Village, Alaska, and Sicangu/Oglala Lakota tribes from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota but currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She grew up...

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Hosted By


Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is one of the world’s most tireless and charismatic leaders on issues related to climate change, Indigenous rights, human rights, green and rural economies, grass-roots organizing, local foods,...

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Venue


Bayfront Festival Park

Bayfront Festival Park is one of Duluth’s most beautiful public parks located on the shores of Lake Superior. Visitors to the park can view ships from around the world entering…

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