- WaterWorks

Shadow Tree on WaterCreated and presented by:
Wendy O’Brien, masque maker
Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick, drama and movement
Made possible through the Foundation for Enriching Education Perth-Huron





This workshop focuses on water issues and uses the arts to teach science is divided into four main sections both artistically and factually:

1. The Power and Beauty of Water

2. The Water Cycle

3. Broken Circle

4. Healing Waters

The workshop begins with a demonstration of character and choreography utilizing masques around a ‘circle of water’. Teaching about water issues is organized into the four headings. In four groups (one group to each of the teaching sections) the class creates their own masques based on either myths or poetry. The class is given a movement warm-up and time to plan, create and rehearse their performances based on meaning, mood and movement. The students perform for each other and the day ends with the class gathered around the circle of water again with a discussion of healing actions to protect water.

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Holy Water

“What are you? What am I? Intersecting cycles of water, earth, air and fire, that’s what I am, that’s what you are.
Water—blood, lymph, mucous, sweat, tears, inner oceans tugged by the moon, tides within and tides without. Streaming fluids floating our cells, washing and nourishing through endless riverways of gut and vein and capillary. Moisture pouring in and through and out of you, of me, in the vast poem of the hydrological cycle. You are that. I am that.”

-John Seed and Joanna Macy




“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”

-Gerald Manley Hopkins

Workshop is appropriate for classes from grade seven to adult.

“How can you buy the sky?
How can you own the rain and the wind?
Every part of this earth is sacred.
Every mist in the dark woods.
Every sandy shore.
I know the sap that courses in the trees as I know my own blood.
We are part of the earth and it is part of us.
The shining water that moves into the streams and rivers is not just water but the blood of the ancestors.
Each ghostly reflection in the clear waters of the lake tells of the life of the people.
The water’s murmur is the voice of life
The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst.
They carry our canoes and feed our children.
You must give to the rivers the kindness you would give to any brother.
The ancestors said to me, This we know:
The earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.
This we know: All things are connected like the blood that unites us.
We didn’t weave this web of life,
We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”
- Chief Seattle

“Does H two O,
as gas,
look longingly down
after leaving the land?

long to plunge back down
to merge
lake against the sand?

the floating soaring molecule
likes it up,
loves it down;

to mingle in jeweled
blue pools
to leap in waterfall fountains
to trickle deep
towards the heart of the earth

to tumble, swirl, flow
to stream and blossom
through beast and flower
magic molecule
of the sea and stars

we must protect our wizard,
not see it fall
on dark
or run into a sewered sea.”
- Lesley Walker-Fitzpatrick

Foundation for EducationMade possible through the Foundation for Enriching Education Perth-Huron.