Lummi Nation totem stops at islands on way to Wash., D.C.

  • Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 2:13pm
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A totem pole carved at the Lummi Nation from a 400-year-old red cedar will begin a cross-country journey next month, evoking an urgent call to protect sacred lands and waters of Indigenous people. The journey, called the Red Road to DC, will culminate in early June in Washington, D.C.

Lummi tribal member Jewell Praying Wolf James with The House of Tears Carvers will kick-off The Red Road to DC Totem Pole Journey to Protect Sacred Sites with two stop-overs in their traditional territory of the San Juan Islands:

• Mon. May 10, 2:30-4:30 pm San Juan Island, Mitchell Bay Lhaq’temish Village (English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park); and

• Tuesday, May 11, 1-3 pm Orcas Island, Madrona Point Lhaq’temish Village

After traveling across traditional lands throughout the U.S., the totem pole will be gifted to the Biden administration in June and displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

All gatherings will abide by covid-19 safety measures of mask-wearing, socially distancing, and hand sanitizing. The events will be on Facebook Live.

For more information contact: NW Road Manager, Sul ka dub Freddie Lane (360) 391-7560; San Juan Islands SJI’s Coordinator, Stephanie Buffum (360) 472-0404; or National Director, Dr. Kurt Russo (360) 961-4554. Donations may be made at the event or to the Lhaq’temish Foundation.