Mati Waiya, Chumash Ceremonial Elder


    “Water is the seed of life. As rain drops on Mother Earth, she gives birth to rainbows. Our creation story tells of our people crossing over on a rainbow bridge. The birth right of our children depends on a healthy environment and water is the lifeline of our earth. We must enforce our water laws. Right now, we are growing strawberries, grass, grapes … wasting water on plants we don’t need. We need to go back to our native habitat to remind us our connection to life.”