"For Indigenous Peoples, everyday is Earth Day.”
Mariah Cooper (Lac Courte Oreille-Oneida, Ojibwe)
Mariah Cooper is an Olympic hopeful in X-Country skiing and a board member/advisor of the Native American Olympic Team Foundation. She has also joined tribal Elders in leading Snow Gratitude Ceremonies.
“Just like people, Mother Earth and Creator, respond favorably to appreciation,” say tribal Elders.
For more on the NAOTF and Mariah Cooper see the links below.
A video of Mariah Cooper skiing, and performing a Native American prayer in sign language.
Native American Olympic Cross Country Hopeful, Mariah Cooper, (Lac Courte Oreilles-Oneida) “Honor the Earth Princess,” blissfully blessing Whistler Mt’s XC trails and Nature during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, to the delight of fellow skiers. Photo courtesy: Karl Schiebe.
X-Country skier Mariah Cooper
Race To Save Arctic Led by XC Olympians
Mariah building confidence in girls + girls teaching Mariah how to fish & discussing nutrition =
Happy Girl Power & thriving Nations!
US Olympic Biathete Sara Studebaker, our 17 year old Native American Olympic XC Hopeful Mariah Cooper (Lac Courte Oreille-Oneida), and Alaskan Native Tamra Kornfield were among the coaches who spent a whole month from dawn until dusk spreading this jubilant lifetime sport in the remote NANA region north of the Arctic Circle, home to 4 million Alaskan Inupiat.