Indigenous Message on Water 2.0

Multimedia Archive

This call is open to Indigenous artists, writers, Elders, scholars, policymakers, filmmakers, and activists from around the world. 

Deadline: June 21st, 2024

Our vision is to create a multilingual digital archive of Indigenous perspectives on water that can guide multidisciplinary conversations on health, education, policy, water ethics, and creativity. 

We believe that water can listen to us, and that words, images and sounds, when they come from our hearts, are powerful tools for social transformation.

A decade after Indigenous Message on Water / Mensaje Indígena de Agua was published (2014-2024), we plan to expand our project on a sustainable online platform with the support of the Indigenous Environmental Network –IEN


We invite submissions that explore various aspects of water from Indigenous perspectives, including but not limited to:

  • Water and health 
  • Indigenous environmental stewardship and water protection
  • Historical and contemporary Indigenous experiences with water rights and access
  • Indigenous stories featuring water as a central theme
  • Indigenous water ethics
  • Indigenous practices and traditions related to water: waterviews 
  • Indigenous beliefs about water
  • Indigenous calls for action on water
  • Submit your work HERE ↳ 

    • Art: We welcome visual art submissions in any medium, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and digital art. Please submit high-resolution images of your artwork along with a brief artist statement of a maximum of 300 words.
    • Literature: We accept unpublished written submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, or experimental in-between genre writing. Submissions should be in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French. If possible, please include a version in your Native Language. The text limit is 1000 words.
    • Video and sound: We welcome short/long videos, video art, experimental videos, video clips, soundscapes, conversations, interviews, performances directed by Indigenous filmmakers and collectives. Please submit a link to access the video along with a brief artist statement of a maximum of 300 words.


  • How to Submit:

    In addition to attaching your contribution to this form, please include your email, your full name, a 100-word description of your tribe/community/territory and your relation to water, a 100-word biography, and any relevant information about your submission such as your artist statement.

    Publication Details:

    The selected works will be published on a multilingual website dedicated to Indigenous Message of Water. In addition to the online archive, selected works will be also featured in a forthcoming open-access e-book. Physical versions of this book will be printed on demand. Any profit from this service will go directly to support the work of the  Indigenous Environmental Network –IEN

    Contact Information:

    For inquiries or further information, please contact: 

    We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating the richness of Indigenous art and literature on the theme of water. Thank you for your interest and participation in this important project!



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