Totem Pole Blessing Ceremony

  • Lummi Indian Business Council Admin Building 2665 Kwina Rd Bellingham, WA, 98226 United States

At 5:30 pm at the Lummi Nation Tribal Center (2665 Kwina Road), there will be a ceremony and community gathering to join together in resistance to fossil fuel destruction as part of this important totem pole journey. Please join in to help impart upon the journey our collective blessing and spirit of goodwill for the mission of this year's journeyers and carvers.

The House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation, led by Master Carver Jewell James, will offer the totem pole as a gift to the Northern Cheyenne people at Otter Creek, the proposed site of a massive coal mining expansion intended to serve the proposal coal terminal at Cherry Point.

The Northern Cheyenne are standing in resistance to this coal mining expansion. The totem pole journey is our opportunity to join the Lummi Nation in standing with them. Though totem poles are a mainstay in Pacific Northwest Native art, the presence of people coming together is necessary to their story, as Jewell James explains in the Whatcom Watch:

"The totem poles are a symbol of something that all of us have within us. We have the power to heal, the power to love each other, the power to unite - that's what the symbol is about. The totem pole [in itself] isn't sacred; it's the sacredness of love joining us together."

Please join in and offer your blessing for this year's journey.