Join the Lummi Nation's Totem Pole Journey this May! Help in sharing key messages of indigenous rights and environmental protection—help the Lummi bring Tokitae home!
Join Together to Save the Salish Sea
A one-of-a-kind indigenous-led journey is coming through your town this spring. Will you be there?
For countless generations, Pacific Northwest tribes have been courageous stewards of the environment. The Lummi in particular are a force to be reckoned with. They have taken on seemingly unstoppable foes - including an export terminal at Cherry Point - and won. And for the past five years, the Lummi Nation have traveled thousands of miles with massive custom-carved totem poles from the Nation’s world-famous House of Tears Carvers.
This May, the Lummi will embark on their 2018 totem pole journey, known as “Qwel Lhol Mech Ten”, (Our Shared Responsibility). This 9,000 mile, 23 day journey is designed with the goal of returning “Tokitae”, aka Lolita, a captive southern resident killer whale, from a Miami aquarium to her pod in the Salish Sea. While sharing the story of Tokitae and her importance, the Lummi will also focus on local indigenous-led efforts in the communities they visit.
Upcoming "Our Shared Responsibility" totem pole journey tour stops:
- Seattle, May 10, 6 - 8 p.m.: El Centro De La Raza, 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 (map)
- Tacoma, May 11, 6 - 8 p.m.: First Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402 (map)
- Portland, May 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Ecotrust, (Billy Frank Room), 721 NW 9th Ave #200, Portland, OR 97209 (map)
- San Diego, May 16, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Sycuan Cultural Center (map)
- Austin TX, May 19: Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702 (map)
- Louisiana, May 21: Exact location and details still TBD
- Miami, May 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Miami River Circle Park
- Miami, May 26, evening event, exact details TBD
- Miami, May 27, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Virginia Key Beach Park (map)