Navajo water ceremony led at Lower Spectacle Pond ahead of pipeline tests

SANDISFIELD – Standing Rock veterans, Sugar Shack Alliance activists and South County residents alike congregated at Lower Spectacle Pond Monday to engage in a Navajo-led water ceremony.

There, on the banks of a lake whose water is planned for hydrostatic pipeline pressure testing any moment now, 60 people gathered, some in Native American gowns, some in t-shirts and shorts, chanting and praying for a blessing.

Navajo Sundance Chief Jake Singer led the ceremony. Six young girls accompanied him. According to Singer, young women have “a direct connection with the earth, the water and the air we breathe.”

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