Totem Pole Journey Comes to Vancouver 10/16


On Monday, October 16, 2017, Master Carver Jewell James and the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation will hold a public event in Vancouver introducing their latest totem pole carved in opposition to fossil fuel export proposals in the Pacific Northwest.
Lummi Nation to bring totem pole to Vancouver to display Tribal resistance to the Tesoro oil terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver, the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export proposal in Longview, and the methanol refinery proposed by Northwest Innovation Works in Kalama.

: Monday, October 16, 2017 6:30-8:00 pm.

WHERE: Vancouver Regional Library (Columbia Room)1007 E Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver, Washington. Totem pole will be on display outside the library starting at 6:00 pm, advanced viewing available upon request.

WHO: Speakers will include Nick Lewis, Lummi Nation tribal council member; Lorintha Umtuch, Yakama Nation; Jewell James, Master Carver, Lummi Nation; Jared Smith, President, International Warehouse and Longshore Union Local 4; and Jasmine Zimmer-Stucky, Columbia Riverkeeper.

“This journey, like all the others we’ve done, is about the collective destiny of the human family,  and the fate of the Salish Sea,” said Jewell James, Master Carver and Lummi tribal member. “ We will not be deceived, divided or defeated.”

MORE INFO: The event is part of a 5,294 mile Totem Pole Journey, “Kwel’Hoy, We Draw the Line!” during which the Lummi Nation will travel across the western United States and Canada with a totem pole to bring attention to proposed fossil fuel terminals, pipelines, and other facilities and the threats they pose to the air, water, and safety of their communities and the way of life of Native peoples.

The journey will go cross country to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh where it will inaugurate an international gathering at the conference “Humanity in the Age of the Anthropocene.” The totem pole and the totem pole journeys exhibit will be at the Museum for up to 5 months and seen by at least 200,000 people. It is a unique, indigenous-led journey to demonstrates we all stand together in the fight against fossil fuels and that we share the responsibility to protect the land, the waters, and the peoples of the Northwest.

Watch this short video about the Totem Pole Journey.



  • Vancouver, BC
    When: Today, Friday, Oct. 13, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, South Gallery, 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC
  • Seattle, WA
    When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (1:30pm meet the totem pole travelers and blessing)
    Where: University Congregational Church (4515 16th Ave NE)
  • Tacoma, WA
    When: Sunday, Oct. 15, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (6:00 blessing meet the totem pole travelers and blessing)
    Where: Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Doc St, Tacoma, 98402)
  • Vancouver, WA
    When: Monday, Oct. 16, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (6:00 blessing meet the totem pole travelers and blessing)
    Where: Vancouver Community Library (901 C St, Vancouver, 98660)
  • Portland, OR
    When: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8:00 pm (6:00 blessing meet the totem pole travelers and blessing)
    Where: Ecotrust building, 721 NW 9th Ave. Ste. 200, Portland, Oregon 97206
  • Pittsburgh, PA
    When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, all day (Kwel’ Hoy! We Draw the Line: Exhibition Opening)
    Where: Carnegie Museum Of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

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